& Cough Center
care is available?
UCLA Asthma and Cough Center is a multidisciplinary,
state-of-the-art regional referral center for the
diagnosis and management of asthma and persistent
cough in adults.
help, when needed
experienced team of over a dozen physician specialists--backed
by fitness, rehabilitation, dietetic, occupational
medicine and psychology
professionals--is available to patients 24 hours
Center patient receives an in-depth consultation
tailored to his/her own needs.
assessing the many factors that might be contributing
to asthma (exercise, work exposures, smog, other
medical conditions), the Center can perform many
specialized tests to evaluate breathing that are
not generally available:
challenge with methacholine
resistance and lung volume measurements
for related problems
testing may identify allergic factors, and work
site evaluation may be helpful in pinpointing environmental
factors affecting asthma.
drip from sinusitis or the irritation from acid
due to reflux from the stomach can aggravate asthma.
patients with such problems can conveniently receive
further evaluation and care through the on-campus
Nasal and Sinus Disease Center or Digestive Disease
asthma cannot be cured, it can be controlled. Once
evaluated at the Center, each asthma patient receives
a customized plan of treatment that is flexible
and appropriate for his or her type of asthma, triggering
factors, symptoms, work environment, lifestyle,
is the central theme for this UCLA program. Asthma
and Cough Center physicians and other specialists
work as a team with the patient, family and referring
instruction in asthma self-management is complemented
by classes in managing asthma and cough, support
groups, and stop-smoking clinics.
already diagnosed with asthma and treated with medication
who experience life-disrupting symptoms (sleeplessness,
coughing fits) may benefit from a thorough re-evaluation
of their condition and reassessment of their treatment
simple adjustment of the dosage, frequency or type
of medication is all that is needed to ease symptoms
or reverse side effects. Those who have been on
oral steroid medications (e.g., prednisone) may
benefit from switching to other drugs that have
fewer side effects.
medications and devices
UCLA is a research center, patients at the Asthma
and Cough Center have access to the most up-to-date
care, including studies evaluating newer medications
and inhalant systems that are not available elsewhere.
program also offers selected patients additional
services to facilitate management of their asthma:
physical re-conditioning through access to the modern
UCLA Pulmonary Fitness and Rehabilitation facilities;
nutritional counseling; home evaluations; and psychological
with your primary physician
Asthma and Cough Center is not intended to replace
your regular physician's day-to-day, long-term care;
instead, it is designed to enhance that care by
providing additional expertise from a professional
team with special training and interest in asthma