Mercy’s Dr. Kathryn Boling Discusses Treatment for Adult Asthma
Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath are all symptoms of adult asthma.
Women are more likely to have it. Experts said one reason may explain why women get adult asthma more than men.
Karen Lusas pays close attention to the weather, pollen counts and carpeted floors because these things trigger her asthma.
"You can't breathe. You feel like an elephant's sitting on your chest, and the coughing just gets worse and worse," Lusas said.
"If you have a cough that doesn't go away and you've treated your allergies, you definitely need to be tested for asthma," said Mercy’s Dr. Kathryn Boling of Lutherville Personal Physicians.
According to Dr. Boling, estrogen may contribute to adult asthma being more common in women because in children, asthma is more common in boys than girls until they reach puberty.
"That's when women start to become more numerous asthma sufferers than men do, and then after menopause, when estrogen decreases again, people's asthma will many times spontaneously regress. They may not be totally better, but they do much better. They don't have as many attacks," Dr. Boling said.
Dr. Boling explained that if people have adult asthma, like Lusas, they can manage it by knowing their triggers, but what's most important is anyone with asthma should always have an inhaler.
"We call it a rescue inhaler and it's a bronchodilator, because people still do die from asthma, and you need to have that inhaler someplace where you can get to it if you have a severe asthma attack and can't breathe," Dr. Boling said.
It's advice that Lusas said makes living with adult asthma much more manageable.
"This weather pattern here has been hard to get through, so since I know what my triggers are I'll do my nebulizer in the morning. If I feel really tired at night, I know that I'm not breathing well so I make sure I do a treatment before I go to sleep," Lusas said.
View Dr. Kathryn Boling’s interview regarding adult asthma.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.
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