By: Wayne Allen
May 21, 2013
The month of May is recognized as Asthma Awareness Month, drawing attention to the more than 25 million people in the United States– including more than 7 million children – who suffer from asthma.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that can be worsened by factors such as allergies, respiratory infections and exposure to environmental toxins. Although asthma can start at any age, it is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and a leading cause of school absences, according to the American Lung Association.
“Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be managed,” Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Dr. Elie Saab said. “It is important to raise awareness of the disease and help people with asthma get access to the information and resources they need to continue living happy, healthy lives.”
Local asthma patients may benefit from the recent relocation of the SOMC Pulmonary Diagnostic Lab, which is now in Suite 107 of the Waller Building on the hospital’s main campus. Southern Ohio Medical recently added an allergist to the staff, Mid-West Allergy, whose office will be opening soon. The Interventional Pulmonary Diagnostic Lab is also offering the option of thermoplasty for refractory adult asthma. For more information, call (740) 356-8485.