Asthma, Allergies, Or ISS?
It’s a mysterious disease that tends to affect women only and can easily be mistaken for asthma..so what is it, what can you do, and how can you tell?
Well as past victim of the disease, Laura DiFrancesco, recalls:
“I couldn’t talk in full sentences; I couldn’t run around, I couldn’t play with my children, I couldn’t even walk up the stairs holding one of my children.”
Doctors first told her she had asthma, and treated her with no success. They then explored the possibility of allergies and again there was nothing to be found.
Ahmed M.S. Soliman, MD, Director of the Voice, Airway & Swallowing Center at the Temple Head & Neck Institute in Philadelphia says that:
“There’s a lot of frustration because they’ve been to doctor after doctor after doctor sometimes and they feel like they will have to live like this for the rest of their lives.”
Dr. Soliman diagnosed her with Idiopathic Subglottic Stenosis or ISS which is a condition that causes a woman’s throat to tighten. They discovered she had the disease when doctors did a bronchoscopy, then had a subsequent surgery to open up Laura’s windpipe. If you, or anyone you know, are having trouble breathing and is not getting better with asthma treatments, ask your doctor about ISS because it can change your life forever!
Video: ABC 30