Pulmonologists are specially trained in diseases and conditions of the chest, such as pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema or complicated chest infections. At Methodist Healthcare, our priority is to provide all our patients with effective, long-term respiratory solutions that will improve their quality of life. Our pulmonologists are proud to offer our patients excellent care using the latest technologies in diagnostic screening and treatment.
When do I see a pulmonologist?
Many acute respiratory conditions can be treated by an internist or primary care physician. An appointment with a pulmonologist is only necessary for complex pulmonology conditions like tuberculosis or lung abscesses.
Some of the conditions our pulmonologists treat include:
- Cystic fibrosis
- Lung abscesses
According to the CDC, seven percent of Americans suffer from some form of asthma. This respiratory condition is caused by inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Inflammation can be triggered by airborne allergens like pollen, or by physical activity, which is known as exercise-induced asthma. There are a few other triggers, like smoke or respiratory infections, that can cause asthma-like symptoms. Scientists and researchers still do not know why some people get asthma and others don’t, but many believe it can be a result of the environmental conditioning the person is used to and their genes.
Symptoms of asthma include:
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing or wheezing attacks
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing while exercising
Asthma risk factors
There are many risk factors associated with asthma. If you have a history of asthma in your family, you are at greater risk of developing asthma. Other factors include being overweight or exposure to cigarette or cigar smoke.
There are many treatments for asthma, including temporary and permanent solutions. If you are suffering from any asthma-like symptoms, consult one of our experienced pulmonologists today for an evaluation.