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Treatments for asthma generally involve controlling and preventing a flare up of symptoms and treating symptoms when they appear.

Most likely, your doctor will prescribe a "controller" inhaler, which is a daily medicine that includes inhaled steroids to help control your asthma symptoms, and a "rescue" inhaler that you should use only when you're experiencing certain symptoms.

The "controller" inhaler is the most important asthma medication. For it to work properly, you must use it every day—even when you do not have symptoms.

For all types of inhalers to work as they should, you have to use them correctly. If you have questions about how to use your inhaler(s), talk to your doctor.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Asthma-COPD Program

We offer a multidisciplinary Asthma-COPD Program for patients with COPD and asthma. The program includes:

  • Same day visits with allergists and pulmonologists
  • Screening for chronic sinus disease (often coexistent with obstructive lung disease) and assessments by otolaryngology (ENT) physicians
  • Advanced diagnostics
    • bronchoscopy
    • state-of-the-art lung imaging
  • Integration with Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    • This program is housed at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago where we provide full medical direction; call 312-238-1000 for more information about this program

Contact Us

If you have or think you may have asthma, we urge you to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you don’t have a physician, and you’d like to make an appointment with someone who understands asthma and how to successfully manage it, please call our Asthma-COPD Program at 312-695-1800.

You may  also make an appointment by calling our Physician Referral Department at 1-877-926-4664, or you can request a first time appointment online.

Last UpdateJune 1, 2011