Medical Minute: Asthma

MINOT, N.D.- There's no cure for asthma.

Once someone is diagnosed, the best option they have is managing it
Thousands of North Dakotans deal with this disease every day.

If the population of North Dakotans with asthma was a town, it would beat out Minot as the fourth biggest city in the Peace Garden State.

The disease may be common, but it can also be deadly. We spoke to a doctor at Trinity who says deaths caused by asthma are preventable.

A spirometer is used to test lung function for people who think they have asthma.

“The symptoms are coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath. If people are exposed to certain triggers, then those folks will wind up having those symptoms. If you suspect that you have asthma, then you should probably get checked out,” said pulmonary physician, Dr. Jeffrey Verhey.

For those who get diagnosed, treatment options come in many forms.

“When we think of asthma, there's two types of medicines. There's controller therapy like the steroid medicines, and then there's the rescue therapy like albuterol and bronchodilators,” Dr. Verhey said.

He added that a clean environment at home is key to keeping asthma under control.

Trinity will be hosting an asthma care seminar with more information on keeping asthma in check this Monday May 13 at 6:30 p.m.

There is no charge for the event.

It will be held at the Health Center-Riverside building.