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Respiratory Care Specialist

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physicians & Board Certified Pediatricians located in Grand Rapids, MI

Breathing problems can be dangerous or even life-threatening in some cases. At Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan, board-certified internal medicine specialists offer respiratory care to help you breathe easier and reduce your risk of serious complications. Schedule an appointment by phone or online at the first sign of asthma, pneumonia, or other respiratory problems.

Respiratory Care Q&A

What is respiratory care?

Respiratory care is medical care that detects, diagnoses, and treats health issues affecting your cardiopulmonary system. Such conditions include:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Emphysema
  • Trauma
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Sleep apnea
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Respiratory experts at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan treat patients of all ages struggling with breathing problems, from infants to older adults and beyond.

What are the symptoms of respiratory problems?

If you have an acute or chronic respiratory problem, you might experience the following signs or symptoms:

  • A cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or tightness 
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A sore throat

If you experience shortness of breath associated with an upper respiratory infection, it may go away on its own without treatment. If you have chronic, worsening, or severe shortness of breath, treatment is often needed to improve breathing and prevent serious problems.


How are respiratory problems diagnosed?

During respiratory care appointments at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan, your provider reviews your medical history and symptoms. They listen to your breathing and might recommend lung function tests, blood tests, chest X-rays, or other diagnostic tests to determine which type of respiratory problem you may have.


Which respiratory care treatments are available?

Some of the numerous respiratory care treatments available at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan include:

At-home treatments

At-home treatments that can help you breathe easier include not smoking or being around secondhand smoke, changing air filters often, using air purifiers, and cleaning your house often to reduce dust, mold spores, pet dander, and other potential allergens.

Medications

Taking antibiotics or other medications can relieve symptoms of respiratory illnesses, help you breathe easier, reduce inflammation and allergies, and clear up pneumonia or other infections associated with shortness of breath.

Bronchodilators

Bronchodilators are inhalers or medications you breathe in to reduce shortness of breath and inflammation. They’re often beneficial if you have asthma or COPD, especially during physical activity.

Allergy treatments

Your provider might recommend allergy medications, allergy shots, or epinephrine to reduce shortness of breath associated with severe allergic reactions.

Ventilators

A ventilator is a medical device that improves your breathing if you’re unable to breathe sufficiently on your own. The machine gently pushes air into your lungs.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)

A CPAP machine can improve breathing and reduce snoring during sleep if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

Breathing exercises

During respiratory therapy, your specialist helps you complete breathing exercises and lets you know which to complete at home to strengthen your lungs and overall respiratory health.

Don’t live with dangerous breathing problems when you don’t have to. Schedule a respiratory care appointment with the experts at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan by phone or online today.