Raghavendra Hospital pulmonologists provide consultation, diagnosis and care for illnesses and conditions that affect breathing and the lungs.
In many cases, these conditions also involve the upper respiratory tract and heart. Among the diseases pulmonologists treat are pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and complicated chest infections. Our pulmonologists also collaborate with oncologists in the care of lung cancer patients.
When you can’t breathe, it impacts every aspect of your life. At Raghavendra, we are committed to providing you with exceptional care to help improve your life and give you the freedom to live the way you want. Our pulmonologists work closely with primary care physicians and other specialists to provide comprehensive care for our patients.
Asthma is a condition that can occur at any age. While the underlying cause is largely unknown, it does tend to run in families. The allergy and immunology team at Raghavendra Hospital is here to help you know what to look for and plan the best course of treatment for your allergy relief.
Asthma occurs in several different ways. When the airways are inflamed, the tissues swell and produce thick mucus. Frequent, severe inflammation causes permanent thickening of the tissues that line the airways.
Asthma may also flare up when the muscles around the airways tighten. Inflamed airways often become overly sensitive to certain irritants and react by constricting and becoming more inflamed.
If any of these events occur, you may experience:
- A sensation of chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
What Activates Asthma Symptoms?
Inflammation, mucus production and airway narrowing can start due to a variety of reasons:
- Viral infections
- Emotional upsets
- Chemical irritants such as smoking or smoke exposure
- Change in temperature or humidity
Treating Your Asthma
Your asthma management plan will be developed by you and your doctor but will likely include medication and avoiding those things that bother your airways.
Maintenance medications work to prevent asthma episodes and must be taken daily to ensure their effectiveness. Quick-relief medications are also an option when experiencing unexpected symptoms or preventing symptoms before exposure to an aggravator.
- Severe Asthma:
If your asthma worsens, further monitoring may be necessary. Look for any of the following:
- Daytime symptoms occur more than two times per week
- Waking up in the middle of the night or early morning with symptoms more than twice a month
- Use of your quick-relief medication more than two times per week
Asthma relief is possible. Schedule an appointment today with Raghavendra Hospitals allergy and immunology specialist.
- Lung and Esophageal cancer:
Cancer comes with many questions. Our experienced lung cancer specialists understand what you’re going through. We’re here to support you, starting with helping you understand your diagnosis.
Raghavendra’s oncologists, thoracic surgeons, and care teams will listen to your concerns and answer your questions. Then, we work together with you to create a lung cancer care plan customized for you.
Specialized therapies to treat lung cancer–
Because each cancer diagnosis is different, we’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that’s right for you. Your Raghavendra Hospital, oncology care team will discuss with you all the therapy options for your diagnosis.
We are skilled in treating a range of lung cancers, including:
- Non-small-cell lung cancer.
- Small-cell lung cancer.
- Lung carcinoid tumors.
Your cancer care plan may include surgery, and some procedures are minimally invasive. Other treatment options include radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapy (drugs explicitly aimed at cancerous and cancer-causing cells), and precision medicine (medications based on your genetic makeup).
We’ll also help you focus on other ways to improve your health, like helping you quit smoking.