Comprehensive Respiratory Care

Pulmonology services at Aiken Physicians Alliance provide diagnosis and treatment for a variety of respiratory diseases.

Conditions We Treat


Asthma causes the air passages in the lungs to become inflamed. Any irritation of these overly-sensitive air passages can lead to an asthma attack with symptoms including chest tightness, coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing or an inability to catch one’s breath.

Asthma can become critical or even fatal if ignored. Don’t wait to seek emergency care when symptoms of respiratory distress appear:

  • Shortness of breath when walking or talking
  • Feeling of constant fatigue
  • Inability to sleep or eat
  • Inability to tolerate regular activities without breathing difficulty

Treatment for asthma can include:

  • Medications including IVs
  • Heart monitoring
  • Multiple breathing aids including inhalants

COPD (Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic disease that makes it harder to breathe. Symptoms include:

  • A cough that produces mucus
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness

Treatment options include:

  • Medication
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Surgery
  • Lung transplant


A serious infection of the lungs, pneumonia can be deadly if left untreated. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain


Influenza, or the flu, is a respiratory infection caused by viruses that infect millions of people every year. Symptoms include:

  • Body ache
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore throat