Difficult Asthma Clinic (Adults)
Specializing in improving the lives of people diagnosed with asthma whose disease continues to affect their daily life, interactions with family and friends, work, and school. Uses new diagnostic procedures to identify the distinct “type” of asthma that the patient has to personalize the approach to therapy.
A normal blood cell associated with asthma and other allergic/immune disorders. When this cell is present in high numbers, it may predict the presence of a more complicated form of lung disease than regular asthma. This clinic specializes in understanding the reasons for these high numbers of eosinophils and directing therapy to specifically lower their numbers.
Coping with asthma - particularly bad asthma - on daily basis can be very frustrating. Meeting and talking about your situation with other people in a similar situation often leads to helpful tips that others have used to deal with their disease. This group addresses a range of issues regarding the treatment of and challenges of living with asthma of varying degrees of severity. It is facilitated by Sally Wenzel, MD, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute @ UPMC/UPSOM and Deborah Gillman, PhD, Clinical Psychologist with the Institute, Guests experts may participate as well.
The Asthma Institute Support Group meetings take place via conference call and/or Internet. This group is scheduled to meet the 3rd Monday of each month from 6:00pm-7:00pm.
Click one of the links below to read a brief summary on previous asthma group discussions
- When is it time (really time) to call the doctor
- The Ins and Outs of Applying for Disability
- Steroid Response…Steroid Resistance?
- You and your doctor
- Advocacy Follow-up
- Asthma and Advocacy with Guest Heather Snyder
- Severe Asthma and Healthy Eating
- Asthma in the Winter
- Asthma and Exercise
- Managing the Holidays with Chronic Illness
- New Approaches to Prescribing for Asthma
- Stress and Asthma
- Steroids: The Pros and Cons
- Living with Asthma: Family and Close Relationships
- Patient/Doctor Relations
Please contact Dr. Deborah Gillman at (412) 864-2404 or firstname.lastname@example.org for monthly updates and details on joining the group.
We are currently developing programs for people with chronic cough and vocal cord spasms as well as a clinic for children who frequently need to go to the emergency room or hospital because of their asthma.