GREENEVILLE, TN – Did you know that adults can develop “asthma?”
Called adult-onset “asthma,” this condition often is triggered by allergies.
“In some people, they have ‘asthma’ as a child, it goes away, and returns as an adult,” Frederic D. Seifer, MD, a pulmonologist and critical care specialist at Takoma Medical Associates, said. “For those, it may be the first time they have ever been diagnosed with ‘asthma.’”
Seifer will discuss adult-onset “asthma” at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Everett and Carolyn Coolidge Volunteer Conference Center at Takoma Adventist Hospital. A catered lunch will precede the “Time Out For Your Health” program at 11:30 a.m.
Symptoms of adult-onset “asthma” usually include breathlessness, wheezing, a cough (especially at night), a feeling of tightness in the chest, and production of mucus, Seifer said.
“Cigarette smoke is a powerful trigger of ‘asthma’ symptoms,” he noted.
Other triggers include allergens such as pollen or mold, dust mite allergen, fumes and strong odors, infections, and medications such as beta-blockers and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Proper management of adult-onset “asthma” is critical because, as people age, their lungs become less efficient. “Asthma in adults can speed up the deterioration of lung functions,” Seifer said. “Once it deteriorates, it never recovers.”
Seifer is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease. He received his pulmonary and critical care training at Duke University.
Cost for the monthly “Time Out” program is $5, which includes a heart-healthy lunch. Reservations are requested. For more information, please call the Takoma Hospital Volunteers at 639-3151, Ext. 2103.