Asthma in Chicago, IL

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What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition that causes the airways to narrow and produce thick mucus, constricting the airways and making it difficult to breathe. When severe, asthma can be life-threatening. There are certain triggers that can cause asthma to flare up, including physical activity and environmental allergies. At Health Direction Medical Center, experienced primary care practitioners Dr. Esmilkrys B. Ramirez and Dr. Carlos Mella-Picel help Chicago, IL area patients to enhance their quality of life by diagnosing asthma and creating customized treatment plans for asthma maintenance. For more information or to discuss your asthma with one of our providers, contact one of our Chicago, IL facilities.

Diagnosing Asthma

A variety of tests can be run to test for asthma, including PFT (pulmonary function tests), the methacholine challenge, and inflammation assessment with nitric oxide. To prepare for your asthma testing, we recommend that you or your child:

  • Dress in comfortable clothing
  • Eat a light meal
  • Avoid exercise or cardio-type activities beforehand
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol before your appointment


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This place is amazing, I saw Dr. Ramirez and it was refreshing to be seen and to actually learn. So difficult to find a doctor that cares and wants you to not need her while been there for you. Lupita and Vanessa are such an amazing staff and are always professional and friendly they make me feel welcome. I have learn so many amazing tips for a healthier me from this lovely gals. And did I mention que todas mis citas son completamente en español!!! Cualquier pregunta es respondida y no tengo que traducir NADA!!! Fui recomendada a este lugar y ahora lo recomiendo yo.

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PA Megha Patel is great to work with! She is attentive, caring, and thorough. Would highly recommend her and Health Direction Medical Center

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Lupita and Maribella are so caring. I really love that their staff cares about the patients. Dr Ramirez is great! I switch to her leaving my doctor of 19 years! My experience with the type of patient care has been phenomenal!

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Great doctor and amazing medical office staff. I feel really taken care of. Since i started coming here my health and overall state of being has improved dramatically. I feel better than ever!

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Treatment You Can Count On

After your asthma test at one of our Chicago facilities, we'll be able to determine if you have asthma and what your treatment plan should consist of moving forward. With proper diagnosis and treatment, you or your child can live life to the fullest. Learn more about asthma, asthma testing, treatments, and more by scheduling an appointment with one of our skilled primary care providers.

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