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Asthma Service

Asthma Service

The asthma clinic was established in the fall of 1992. We comprehensively evaluate patients with known or suspected asthma. As a patient at CIC Associates, P.C., you will find that education is an important aspect of your care. We find that it helps patients understand the pathogenesis and treatment of the underlying condition triggering asthma exacerbation's.

Asthma is a lung disease that affects the airways and smooth muscle fibers of the respiratory tract. It causes constriction in the chest that results in wheezing, coughing and gasping. 

When to Seek Specialized Care

Untreated asthma can be life threatening. Patients with uncontrolled or poorly controlled asthma may find that they have fewer symptoms and use their rescue inhalers less frequently when under the care of a specialist. If you feel that more detailed diagnostic testing is needed, want additional education, or are considering immunotherapy contact CIC Associates, P.C.                                                You should seek a specialist's care if you experience or need any of the following:

• A Life-Threatening Asthma Attack
• Severe, Persistent Asthma
• Inability to Perform Activities of Daily Living
• Unusual Symptoms
• Symptoms That Do Not Respond to Prescribed Therapy
• Other Conditions That May Complicate Asthma
• Continuous (More Than One Month) Oral Corticosteroid Therapy
• High-Dose Inhaled Corticosteroids
• More Than Two Courses of Oral Steroids in One Year
• Frequent Bronchodilator Use

What to Expect at Your Medical Evaluation

Our approach is based on updated asthma treatment guidelines issued by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. Your medical evaluation team consists of providers specialzing in pulmonary medicine, registered respiratory therapists, and registered pulmonary function technologists. Your visit may include some or all of the following:

• Assessment & Monitoring
• Review Asthma Triggers
• Pharmacologic Therapy                                                                        • Imaging                                                                                                    • Allergy Testing

• Education for a Partnership in Asthma Care
• An Action Plan to Help Avoid Emergency Room Visits & Hospitalizations