Trust specialized, experienced asthma care and treatment in Columbia, SC.
Asthma is a serious medical condition that, according to the CDC, affects more than 26.5 million Americans, including more than 6 million children. Marked by spasms in the lungs’ bronchi and inflammation of the airway, asthma causes breathing difficulty that accounts for more than 10 million doctor visits annually…and more than 4,000 deaths each year.
That’s why, at Carolina Allergy & Asthma Consultants (CAAC) in South Carolina’s Midlands, we provide the full scope of advanced, specialized asthma treatment. And why we deliver it with compassion and commitment to the highest standards of care to the people of Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Kershaw and Newberry Counties.
Specialty care for a specialized medical condition.
Most people are aware that asthma is serious, but most are also unaware that it usually results from allergic reaction and other forms of hypersensitivity. Our focus as board-certified allergy and immunology specialists is on controlling the inflammation that narrows the airways. In addition to our doctors’ specialty training and credentials, they have decades of experience providing state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for every type of asthma.
Know asthma’s symptoms and get treatment early.
The key to managing and treating asthma successfully is to get treatment early—the right treatment. But it can be easy to miss the early signs, even for some doctors. You or your loved one may have asthma—and should seek specialized asthma care from CAAC—if you experience the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Avoidance of physical exertion
- Cold-like symptoms that last for weeks
Diagnosis is the first step to helping you breathe easier.
The first step in managing your or your child’s asthma is to diagnose it—completely and accurately. For this, it’s vital to seek the care of true asthma specialists. We determine the presence, type and severity of asthma through the lens of experience, and with the most advanced, reliable testing.
Asthma is too often addressed by doctors who lack the training and experience in asthma and don’t address its allergy component. (Remember, most asthma is of the allergic type.) Some non-specialist physicians do not even test lung function, the very thing asthma impairs.
Leading-edge diagnostic expertise and capabilities.
At CAAC, we practice specialty asthma care from the forefront of the field. This includes using the most advanced techniques for getting to the bottom of your condition so we can treat it appropriately and effectively.
Here’s how we assess and diagnose your asthma and monitor your progress and the effectiveness of treatment:
- History – We evaluate your medical history, lifestyle and symptoms to gain a full understanding of your asthma.
- Physical exam – As specialists, we know what to look—and listen—for.
- Spirometry – Advanced testing to see how well your lungs are working.
- FeNO testing – This exhaled nitric oxide test lets us measure lung inflammation in allergy asthma to reduce or increase medications as necessary.
- Allergy skin testing – Testing for allergic sensitivities is key to treating the allergy that may be the root of your asthma.
- Blood tests – Blood labwork is an important diagnostic tool for getting the complete picture of your asthma.
- Treatment surveillance – We measure your response to treatment, an essential part of managing the ups and downs of many people’s asthma.
Advanced, specialized asthma treatment in SC’s Midlands.
Treatment enables you to experience fewer symptoms and exacerbations, and it helps decrease your medication use. Avoiding treatment—whether willfully or unwittingly—can lead not just to worsened symptoms and quality of life but also ER visits and long-term damage to the lungs.
As specialists in asthma, we here at CAAC provide every modern treatment backed by expertise, experience and patient-first focus, including:
- Short- & long-acting bronchodilators
- Inhaled & oral steroids
- Anti-leukotrienes (Singulair)
- Biological response modifiers (Xolair, Fasenra, Dupixant, Nucala, others)
For more information about how CAAC’s doctors diagnose and treat asthma with expert, experienced and compassionate care, contact us today. Call 803-973-7956 today, or contact us via our easy online form.