Now Offered at Chicago ENT
Asthma affects an estimated 26 million Americans and is one of the leading causes of work and school absences. Asthma is defined as a serious chronic medical condition causing inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, the passageways that allow air to enter and leave the lungs.
Symptoms for people that have asthma are triggered by an exposure to a substance to which they are sensitive to or a situation that changes their regular breathing patterns, the symptoms can become more severe and dangerous.
There are two types of asthma:
allergic-symptoms caused by exposure to an allergen. Nonallergic-symptoms caused by stress, exercise, illnesses like a cold or the flu, or exposure to extreme weather, irritants in the air or some medications.
Common signs of asthma are:
- Coughing, especially at night, during exercise or when laughing
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound in your chest when breathing, especially when exhaling)
Doctors typically diagnose asthma by thoroughly discussing your medical history with you followed by a physical examination. Your doctor may order a chest or sinus X-ray and a lung function test such as a spirometry. The spirometer measures the amount of air you’re able to breathe in and out and its rate of flow. You will take a deep breath and then exhale forcefully.
Chicago ENT is now offering a more precise device to better accurately detect and diagnose asthma. The Niox Vero machine works by detecting FeNo (nitric oxide) in your lungs. All exhaled breaths contains small amounts of gas of nitric oxide. The amount of nitric oxide in our breathe is called fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNo).
When the airways of a person with asthma are inflamed, the lungs produce more nitric oxide than someone who does not have asthma. The Niox Vero machine helps physicians detect if your airways are inflamed by measuring the amounts of FeNo (nitric oxide) in your breathe.
“The Niox Vero machine is an important addition to the other tests mentioned above that we perform to diagnosis asthma,” said Dr. Friedman, medical director at Chicago ENT. “The Niox Vero paints a more complete picture of the patient’s asthma which will only help us better manage the condition,” said Dr. Friedman.
If you suspect you have asthma or would like to better understand/manage your asthma, please contact Chicago ENT at 773.296.5500 for an appointment.
More About Chicago ENT
Chicago ENT board-certified physicians and specialists combine diagnoses and comprehensive treatments plans to provide you with relief from your allergy and asthma symptoms. In addition, we are the only ENT specialty center that lets you schedule your appointment whenever you want – even in the middle of the night – thanks to our 24/7 appointment desk. To schedule your appointment with one of our multi-disciplinary teams of allergy experts, please call us at 773.296.5500 or schedule online 24/7-click here!
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