The Rush Approach to Asthma Care
If you or your child have asthma, Rush specialists will help you create an asthma action plan to manage attacks and improve your breathing and quality of life. This personalized plan includes a list of triggers, daily medications and guidance on how to handle an attack. What's more, if you've been prescribed long-term steroids, we can help you find alternative treatments.
Your asthma action plan will depend on the type and severity of your asthma. It might involve: inhaled corticosteroids, the most common treatment for long-term control of asthma; other long-term control medications; or quick relief medications, such as short-acting beta2-agonists, which you can use to relieve asthma attacks as they happen.
As an academic medical center, we're continuously exploring new ways to manage asthma through research. In fact, Rush was one of the first centers to use biologic therapy for asthma, which targets and reduces the proteins and receptors in the body that cause the inflammation and exacerbations that cause asthma attacks.
Excellence in Asthma Care
- Treating underlying and related conditions: We know allergies, sinus problems, acid reflux and stress can also make your asthma symptoms worse. That's where the Rush Sinus, Allergy and Asthma Center at Rush University Medical Center can step in, where doctors work with you to deal with all of these related problems at the same time.
- Managing your child's asthma: A nurse coordinator can work with you to create a plan for the school nurse or teachers to follow when your child has asthma symptoms.
- Exclusive access to up-and-coming treatment: Doctors at Rush are also researchers looking for new ways to treat asthma if you have not gotten relief from standard treatments. Through clinical trials, you have access to treatment options that might not be widely available.
- Free resources: At Rush, you can take advantage of a free asthma management class run each month by the Respiratory Health Association. Clinicians at Rush also offer one-on-one asthma education. Ask your doctor about these resources.