asthma

Courtney's Story

Though most people might not realize, in fact, allergy induced asthma is the most common type of asthma in the United States. Courtney talks about her initial diagnosis and what steps she has taken to put her lungs at ease.

Julian's Story

In this episode, Julian talks about how asthma began to get in the way of his physical activities. When homeopathic remedies weren't the answer, Julian finally found the right relief that worked for him.

Barbara's Story

Sometimes associated with children, Asthma can develop at any age. Barbara explains how she developed this aggravating condition and how it has affected her life personally. She points out what she has done to keep her flare-ups to a minimum.

Shawn's Story

Meet Shawn. A young man who, at times, had to sit out from playing sports and strenuous activities due to the fact that he suffers from Asthma. But listening to Shawn makes one feel assured as he tells us " I may not be like all the other kids but I sure can have as much fun as everybody else".

Stephanie's Story

Meet Stephanie who struggles with asthma when it's induced by exercise. See how she deals with it on a daily basis.

Laura's Story

It might be common practice for those suffering from asthma to avoid any and all attack inducers. Laura, however, has chosen to face the music and believes exercise, especially yoga, is as good a defense as any when it comes to asthma attacks.

Raffeal's Story

Asthma doesn't have to be a life sentence. Rather than letting it define your identity, don't let it stop you from achieving excellence in all that you do. These are the mantras that Raffeal, who suffers from asthma, lives by; this is his story.

What is Asthma?

Dr. Stephen Teach, a pediatrician in Emergency Medicine at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC, discusses the function of our lungs in relation to asthma. Asthma is in actuality a disease of the tubes of the lungs that deliver oxygen to the blood. When the tubes become obstructed and narrow due to various reasons, asthma begins to develop.

Diagnosing Asthma

Dr. Stephen Teach, a pediatrician in Emergency Medicine at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC, discusses the proper steps that you take in diagnosing a child with asthma. Only after a child has been given been given a thorough assessment, can they be properly diagnosed and the level of treatment be given. Above all, the child's best interests should always be put first.

Understanding Asthma

Dr. Stephen Teach, a pediatrician in Emergency Medicine at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC, discusses the reasons why the families and caregivers of children who suffer from asthma may not fully understand the disease. By accepting that their child will live with asthma every day, caregivers and families can begin to help their child to control their asthma, instead of being limited by it.

A Comprehensive Treatment Plan

Dr. Stephen Teach, a pediatrician in Emergency Medicine at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC, discusses the methods that he uses in assessing how to treat a child's asthma. Through a comprehensive treatment plan that is specifically based upon each child's environment and situation, the quality of that child's asthma related life dramatically improves. Dr. Teach shows us that it does indeed take a village to raise a child, especially at times when they need it most.

Finding the Right Medication

Dr. Stephen Teach, a pediatrician in Emergency Medicine at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC, discusses how he chooses the right asthma medication for each child. He reveals that the process is one of collaboration between the family of the child, the doctor, and the child's individual circumstances itself. Essentially, asthma medications fall into two broad categories, but the correct way to prescribe that medicine is all dependent upon the child.

Allergies and Asthma

Dr. Stephen Teach, a pediatrician in Emergency Medicine at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC, gives his opinions on the correlation between allergies and asthma. Does asthma come about as a result of allergies, or does having asthma cause you to be allergic to more things? Dr. Teach reveals exactly what the "perfect storm" is that causes the most severe asthma attacks.

Avoiding Triggers

Dr. Stephen Teach, a pediatrician in Emergency Medicine at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC, discusses the importance of avoiding triggers that can set off an asthma attack in children. What steps should be taken to finding out what triggers a child's asthma and how to avoid setting it off? It is imperative that parents and family members really try and modify the environment where the child lives to keep asthma flare ups at a minimum.

Emergency Situations

Dr. Stephen Teach, a pediatrician in Emergency Medicine at the Children's Medical Center in Washington DC, discusses what he and his medical staff do in emergency asthma attack situations. When a child rushes into an emergency room, and in the most severe cases begins to turn blue because of the lack of oxygen to the brain, what is a pediatric asthma expert to do? Find out in this gripping account on what Dr. Teach and his team face when dealing with severely asthmatic children.

Exploring Alternative Treatments

Dr. Stephen Teach, a pediatrician in Emergency Medicine at the Children's Medical Center in Washington DC, discusses his views about exploring alternative treatments for asthma with children. Asthma is a very serious disease that must first be recognized and understood by the families of children suffering from asthma. Once they understand the disease, only then can they begin to seek out all forms of treatments, whether traditional or alternative to benefit the child.

Preventing Attacks

Dr. Stephen Teach, a pediatrician in Emergency Medicine at the Children's Medical Center in Washington DC, talks about how most asthma attacks are preventable. Children do not need to suffer fatalities from asthma attacks, or even need to visit emergency rooms with frequency, if they are recipients of good preventative ongoing care.

Staying on Treatment

Dr. Stephen Teach, a pediatrician in Emergency Medicine at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC, discusses the importance of staying on asthma treatment. It is important for families to realize that even though their child may be getting better, it is necessary to keep them on the same treatment plan in order to more effectively control their asthma.

Mike's Story Episode 2

Part 2 of this series unfolds as Mike discovers the cause of his attack. He talks about the problems this condition continues to give him and what he is prepared to do if it happens again. This is Mike's PSVT story.

Miguel's Resolution: Quitting Cigarettes

Are you addicted to smoking cigarettes and you have tried desperately to quit, but nothing seems to work? Meet Miguel, a 30 yr. old dancer who has decided on a New Year's Resolution to change his life. Watch and see the advice that Dr. Jessica Israel, a doctor of Internal Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey, gives Miguel to help him overcome his addiction to nicotine.