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‘Tis the season for sneezin’ and more. The most enjoyable days weatherwise — dry, breezy, and bursting with blooms – actually create the harshest conditions for asthma sufferers, whose allergic reactions to pollen can cause airway-constricting flareups.
Year-round triggers can include pet dander, exercise, and even stress. Recent research has even shown that obesity is associated with some cases of asthma.
While many asthmatics rely on inhaled steroids and oral medications to control their symptoms, people with severe asthma experience frequent emergency room visits or hospital stays, repeated courses of steroids and a consistently disrupted way of life.
Bronchial thermoplasty has been very successful in reducing the need for hospital visits by cutting the incidence of severe asthma flareups. The outpatient procedure is performed regularly at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Burlington County, where Dr. Andrew Martin chairs the Department of Pulmonary Medicine.
KYW’s Rasa Kaye talks with Dr. Martin about the latest in asthma care, and Deborah’s World Asthma Day event on May 5th for clinicians and the public.
To learn more, visit Deborah.org »