Asthma Specialists Pottsville PA

Scenarios like this are typical of the hold asthma exerted on my life for many years. Episodes came and went, with spasms gripping my bronchial tubes, inflammation swelling the mucous membranes, and phlegm choking the breath out of me.

Joseph A Cable
(570) 628-5818
15 Tremont St
Pottsville, PA
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Harwinder S Ahluwalia, MD
(570) 622-1575
1630 Mount Hope Ave
Pottsville, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kasturba Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Good Samaritan Reg Med Ctr, Pottsville, Pa; Pottsville Hospital & Warne Cl, Pottsville, Pa

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Jacqueline Denise Moylan, MD
(610) 377-6881
713 Stallion Dr
Auburn, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1973

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Dr.Anil Vachani
(215) 662-3202
3400 Spruce St # 6036GATES
Philadelphia, PA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1996
Speciality
Pulmonologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Timothy Michael Clark, MD
(303) 863-0300
2250 Millenium Way
Enola, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1994

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Harwinder Singh Ahluwalia
(570) 622-1575
1630 Mt Hope Ave
Pottsville, PA
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Joseph Arthur Cable, DO
(570) 628-5818
15 Tremont St
Pottsville, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1978

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Allyson Mirabella, MD
1025 Walnut St Ste 801
Philadelphia, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-Robt W Johnson Med Sch, New Brunswick Nj 08901
Graduation Year: 1999

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Steven Ray Duncan
(412) 648-6161
3601 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Thomas A Wittmann, MD
(814) 864-4755
4627 Cherry St
Erie, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: St Vincent Health System, Erie, Pa
Group Practice: Chest Diseases Of Northwestern Pennsylvania Inc; Pulmonary Rehabilitation /The Sleep Apnea Center

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Unwinding from Asthma

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By Swaha Devi

Like clockwork, a 2 a.m. asthma attack shut down my airways and jolted me out of sleep. The sweet relief of breath was at arm’s length, in the emergency inhaler on my night table. One quick spray and within seconds I felt my bronchial tubes begin to relax, allowing precious air to enter.

The next development was all too predictable. The drug made my heart race, and I couldn’t fall back asleep until just moments before the alarm clock rang, ending my brief respite.

Scenarios like this are typical of the hold asthma exerted on my life for many years. Episodes came and went, with spasms gripping my bronchial tubes, inflammation swelling the mucous membranes, and phlegm choking the breath out of me.

The attacks were at their worst when I lived in Florida, where the intense humidity caused mildew to flourish, aggravating my condition. I often felt like I was trying to breathe under water. Nor did my job as a tech writer in an old airplane hangar—full of mold, chemical fumes, and cigarette smoke—help matters. I can’t count the times when it seemed impossible to think clearly enough to get through the day. I tried allergy shots, but hated having to poke myself with a needle, so I quit the job instead. When a doctor told me my only option was to take medicine for the rest of my life, I finally found the courage to say enough.

My first order of business was to stop an attack without using inhalers. I accomplished this within weeks through a variety of methods, including taking first hot, then cold showers to relax the spasms, and hovering over steam infused with eucalyptus oil for long periods. But I was still living from one attack to the next. I needed to get to the root of the problem.

Once I began digging, clues turned up everywhere (even in King Tut’s tomb, where the anti-inflammatory herb licorice, now known as a decongestant, was unearthed alongside other treasures). Ultimately, though, putting the disease behind me required tending to much more than my closed airways. Top of the list? Stress.

Once I started paying attention, I realized almost anything—a cold, deadline pressures, bad news, or bad weather—could start me wheezing. Emotional stress of any kind was a particularly powerful trigger.

Elson Haas, a physician and director of the Preventive Medicine Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, isn’t surprised. Stress kicks off physiological responses that lead directly to breathing troubles, he says. What’s the first thing people do when they’re nervous? Take shorter breaths, of course. Plus, the body releases certain hormones when we’re under stress (particularly adrenaline and cortisol) that open up the airways—but once the stress goes away and these hormones subside, the bronchial tubes can tighten up again.

Clearly, I needed to coax my body into staying calm. (Stop and smell the roses? I was allergic to them!)

You’d think my living situation would have been a help. I was part of a yoga community at the time...

Author: Swaha Devi

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