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Asthma is one of the most common health problems around the world occurring in children and adults. Asthma produces chest tightness, wheezing, cough and shortness of breath with activities and various triggers. Although the cause of asthma is unknown, it occurs more commonly in patients with allergies and family history.

With asthma comes the need for medications, frequent ER visits and hospital admissions, but it is a treatable chronic disease. If you or someone you care about has asthma, physicians of Jefferson Health's Asthma Program are among the best in the Philadelphia region for the diagnosis, management and treatment of this condition.

Our Asthma Program serves as a regional resource for patients with asthma and is staffed by a multidisciplinary team including:

  • Physicians with special expertise in asthma
  • Asthma educators
  • Medical/respiratory technologists
  • Research fellows

We offer comprehensive services related to asthma, and our educators will help you understand what triggers your asthma – such as pollen, mold, strong odors or medications – and the best way to avoid attacks based on your specific condition.

In addition, we have expertise in the latest medications used.

Pregnant Women with Asthma

If you are pregnant and have asthma, you can still have a healthy pregnancy with careful monitoring of your condition. Jefferson Health's specialists will consult with your obstetrician to develop a specific asthma treatment plan tailored to your individual symptoms. We will provide education on what you need to do to avoid asthma attacks, which can lead to both you and the fetus being deprived of oxygen.

Asthma Caused by Working Conditions

If you have developed asthma as a result of working conditions, the good news is that this condition may be reversible since the symptoms may disappear when the irritants that caused the asthma are avoided. Jefferson Health's specialists will help diagnose the specific type of asthma and the underlying conditions. We will provide treatment and information so that you can stay healthy.

Severe Asthma Attacks

Despite careful management, there may come a time when you or someone you care about has an asthma attack that does not resolve with medication; seek emergency medical assistance immediately. Jefferson Health Emergency Medicine can provide immediate diagnosis and treatment. We offer world-class emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Center City and Jefferson Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia.

Both hospitals' Emergency Departments are staffed by attending and resident physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, technicians and staff specially trained in emergency medicine.

For those who experience severe asthma attacks often, there is a treatment option.