Management of pulmonology and respiratory-related illnesses

As both a physician and specialist pulmonologist, Dr Mothilal has the expertise in diagnosing various general conditions and pulmonology and respiratory-related illnesses such as asthma, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and allergies. If diagnosed with a lung or respiratory condition through a lung functions test, he may advise you in treatment and/or management to suit your specific lifestyle. Allergies, asthma, inflammation, and infection are just a few disorders that can make breathing difficult. Breathing problems can be managed with the correct diagnosis and therapy, as well as a greater understanding of your condition. If you have trouble breathing, see Dr Mothilal very away, especially if you are also experiencing chest pain, a persistent cough, or exhaustion. Some situations may necessitate emergency medical attention.

What might treatment involve?

Various substances can cause breathing problems. These are known as triggers, and when avoided, various respiratory conditions such as allergies and asthma can be managed. Depending on your particular trigger, your pulmonologist may assist you in identifying and avoiding triggers as part of your treatment. Wearing a dust mask while doing housework or yard work, limiting contact with a furry pet, washing bed linens at least once a week, staying indoors during peak pollen times, and changing the air conditioner filter regularly can also help to minimise the impact triggers. Furthermore, medications such as antihistamines, decongestants and inhaled steroids can be used for those with allergies, while inhaled medications may assist those with asthma in opening airways and reduce the primary inflammation in the airways. For COPD, which requires lifelong disease management, you will need to avoid any trigger that might overtax your lungs or cause a flare-up. With your lung specialist, you will be informed of the triggers to avoid and how best to live a healthy lifestyle. Other respiratory infections may be treated and managed through medications such as bronchodilators, glucocorticosteroids, antibiotics, and oxygen therapy.

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Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital

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