Difficulty breathing is not only frightening; it can lead to serious medical complications and occasionally even death. What lies behind asthma and how can it be controlled? With the appropriate education and backup, patients can do a lot to stay on top of their asthma symptoms themselves.
Allergic reactions may be the culprit in many cases, but it can be a challenge for people to control their exposure–especially if the allergen comes from the family cat. Dr. Kraft offers tips on how to minimize environmental triggers.
In other cases, the cause may lie in smoldering infection. Could some cases of asthma be cured with antibiotics? What does the research say about antibiotics and COPD, and what is the distinction between COPD and asthma?
Guests: Monica Kraft, MD, is Professor of Medicine and founding director of the Duke Asthma, Allergy and Airway Center. She is Chief of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. She is also past President of the American Thoracic Society.
David Hahn, MD, MS, is Director of the Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN) and author of a brand new book, A Cure for Asthma? What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You–and Why.
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