Philosophy

Many people treat allergies, chronic sinusitis and asthma as different and unrelated...but they are "linked".  Our BreatheAmerica programs treats them as continuous, thus our foundation:

ONE AIRWAY, ONE DISEASE

The air we breathe in passes through our nose and continues down the airway into the lungs.  A variety of diseases can cause problems with our breathing by obstructing the free passage of air along this path.  This relationship between the nose and the lung has been recognized for over a century and seriously studited for the last 15 years.  From this research, it is now clear that the upper airway is closely linked to the lower airway, hence, our focus on the entire airway.

The program starts by looking at the diseases of the airway, and then brings together the specialties, staffing, diagnostic, treatment and other tools necessary to deliver improved clinical outcomes and reduced overall medical costs.

One of the most compelling aspects that challenge the treatment of airway disease is the fact that the diseases are linked, both scientifically and statstically:

The sinuses, nasal passages and lungs consist of tissue whose
likeness, reactions and functions are both similar and related.

Current research shows that chronic sinusitis and asthma may be the same disease process occurring in the two different parts of the airway, the upper and lower

Allergic reactions trigger many of the asthmatic "flare-ups" and sinusitis episodes

More than 70% of people with asthma also suffer from allergies, while at least 90% of pediatric asthmatics have allergies

Up to 80% of mild to moderate asthmatic patients also have asthma

Some 80% of chronic sinusitis is caused by an allergic reaction


BreatheAmerica’s program recognizes the relationships between these diseases, employing a fully integrated provider-based disease management approach for all airway diseases completing the cycle from diagnosis to disease management

One airway, one disease philosophy

Protocol driven

Complete & comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options

Allergist-led “team” approach

Midlevel practitioners

ENT & pulmonary consultations

Emphasis on patient education

Long-term disease management