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Chronic Illness Management
Dr. Shida Saam can help you find relief from chronic illnesses and their symptoms.
Chronic illnesses are those that last for three months or longer and play an ongoing role in the quality of your health and your sense of well-being. Ongoing care and management of chronic illnesses are essential in order to prevent complications or a worsening of your condition.
Chronic illnesses become more common with age
However, even babies and children can develop a chronic medical condition
Allergies are affecting an increasing number of patients. From year-round allergies, dust mites, and pet dander to seasonal allergies and pollen, many people suffer from ongoing runny noses, itchy eyes, sore throats, and sneezing. Your doctor can help you to control your allergy symptoms through medications and testing. Allergy testing can help you to learn what you are allergic to and allergy shots may help to provide you with some relief.
Asthma is a serious medical condition that affects people of all ages. Asthma attacks can be triggered by allergens, cigarette smoke, air pollution, cold temperatures, or physical activity. Your doctor can help you to monitor your symptoms and provide you with an asthma action plan for when you have a flare-up. Some patients need to have a nebulizer at home to deliver aerosolized medications. Asthma management is essential to a person’s quality of life.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or COPD, is a breathing disorder that most frequently occurs in older adults and senior citizens. People who worked in manufacturing and industrial jobs, those who worked around chemicals, and people who smoke have an increased risk of developing COPD. Your doctor can help your COPD by prescribing medications to help you breathe better and make recommendations for changes in your home or lifestyle that can reduce your symptoms.
Type 2 diabetes is increasingly common among adults. Children and teenagers are also being diagnosed with this condition, and many of our patients have Type 1 diabetes as well. Diabetes requires careful medical management because uncontrolled blood sugar levels can wreak havoc on the body’s nerves, blood vessels, and organs. Dr. Saam can help you monitor diabetes by providing you with blood sugar testing supplies and equipment, as well as guidance on making healthy food choices. Patients with diabetes may need checkups as frequently as every month until their diabetes is under control. Ongoing management can help to keep blood sugar at a healthy level.
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a common precursor to many acute medical problems such as heart attack and stroke. High blood pressure requires ongoing medical management in order to lessen a person’s risk of potentially fatal complications. Dr. Saam may be able to treat you with medications that help to keep the blood pressure under control. You may also be able to begin an exercise regimen as specified by the doctor. Your doctor might also give you dietary guidelines to minimize the amount of salt that you consume from foods.
If you have one of these chronic illnesses or another condition that requires ongoing medical management, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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