1. Asthma- Not Just Kid’s Stuff

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    Much has been made about the rising number of children with asthma. It’s estimated almost 10% of the juvenile population has it, but at 8%, grown-ups aren’t far behind. “And it turns out to be a source of morbidity to them as well, because of days missed from work or symptoms that slow them down,” says Dr. Sagar Naik, pulmonologist with Lee Memorial Health System. There could be several reasons for the adult uptick, including occupation. Research finds one in six cases of adult asthma may be linked to the workplace. “Just about any inhalational substance that you encounter due to work could potentially be a trigger for asthma,” says Dr. Naik. The most offensive environments contain exposure to cleaning agents, chemicals or small particles. “There’s things like meat packers asthma from the plastic that’s used to wrap meat. There is popcorn-makers asthma, folks who are allergic to the butter in popcorn. Folks can be allergic to rubbing alcohol, they can be allergic to perfume, they can be allergic to air fresheners, to carpet cleaner, to mold,” says Dr. Naik. Hair salons and print shops can also be breeding grounds. And people who had asthma as a child may be predisposed later on. “The thought is, if they demonstrated that they have the ability to react to an allergic in terms of lung symptoms, that tendency is going to stay with them for their life,” says Dr. Naik. One concern is that many adults aren’t getting proper treatment. A reason being they are more likely to chalk their symptoms up to chronic bronchitis or allergies rather than asthma. Even those who do get a diagnosis don’t always realize they could benefit from help. “We teach them how to manage their upper airways. A lot of adults have sinus problems so we teach them how to keep that clear,” says Teresa Summe, asthma management coordinator with Lee Memorial Health System. Teresa Summe went from working with kids in asthma management to counseling adults too. “With adults usually there’s a lot more illnesses that they’ve acquired over the years. They also usually have a lot more medications, so we really work to get the entire picture of this asthmatic,” says Summe. Learning to managing symptoms and medications- none of which are child’s play. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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    • Magical Medical Tour 20: Every Breath You Take

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      The first thing we do to declare our independence at birth is to take a breath in (Inspiration). The last thing we do in life is to let our breath out (Expiration). All of the breaths in between fall under the care of our guest, Robert S. Wright,MD a pulmonologist, specializing in diseases of the lungs. Find out what you can do to protect your lungs throughout your life.

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      • Adult Onset Asthma

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        Stan Hilman worked in construction, once he left the workplace, he never expected it may have left a lasting impact. “This only happened after I retired, and then I notice that I was wheezing and went to a pulmonologist.” Stan was diagnosed with asthma. Most frequent in children, in someone over twenty the condition is called adult onset asthma. It’s possible to develop asthma at age fifty, sixty, or even later in life. “I might have had some sort of a breathing condition to start with but it was really highlighted by the fact of working in construction and breathing all of the contaminants that flew in the air,” says Stan. Research shows prolonged exposure to certain workplace materials may set off asthma symptoms in adults, along with allergies. “Asthma is genetic, but they are also thinking its environmental,” says Theresa Summe. Theresa is with Lee Memorial Health System, she teaches people, primarily children, how to manage asthma. “The state of Florida actually has a five-year plan called the Asthma State Coalition Which they're going out, trying to educate, because asthma is on the rise,” says Summe. Unlike children who experience intermittent asthma attacks, usually brought on by a trigger, adults are more likely to have persistent symptoms and require daily medications. “I use a nebulizer with dilated materials in there, I use these pocket puffers. Try to exercise a lot, take deep breaths and watch my diet closely as to what I eat that would restrict breathing problems,” says Stan. Finding the source of his problem was refreshing to Stan. With his doctor’s help, he’s now able to breathe easier. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we've been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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        • Dr Nanci Yuan

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          Watch here as Dr. Nanci Yuan, Pediatric Pulmonologist at Stanford University, and panelist for the upcoming Thriving with SMA Panel: LIVE!, discusses the latest updates in the field of pulmonology and respiratory care, and tells us what to expect during the Pulmonology Panel.

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