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Dr. C. michael Bowman

Pediatrics
Charleston, SC
47 years experience male

About

Bio

Dr. Bowman is a Board-certified Pediatric Pulmonologist who is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical Univ of South Carolina. He was head of the division of Pediatric Pulmonology from 2000 until his retirement in 2016. He led a multi-disciplinary team of caregivers and has 35 years of experience diagnosing and treating all types of childhood lung problems. He is passionate about improving asthma care throughout the country, including teaching doctors, nurses (especially school nurses), pediatric providers and others about best care for patients with asthma.

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Pediatrics

Pediatric Pulmonology

Doctor Q&A

156 Answers
2 Agrees
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Low oxygen levels: Oxygen is used as treatment for low levels of oxygen in the blood, part time or continually. It is commonly used in treatment for obstructive sleep ap... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Blood in sputum is never normal. Depending on the patient's age, health and lung condition(s), it can be something that needs an immediate full-scale ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Cough, fatigue: Cough is the main symptom, and fatigue and aches can also be there. Fever, chest pain, shortness of breath and sputum (mucus) production are not so p... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Most often: Dads and moms who want all the children to do their best and have fun can be great little league coaches. Some knowledge of the game to teach kids h... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not if supervised: Because escalators keep moving, they can be a problem if a child falls or puts fingers, toes, clothes, shoelaces or toys where they can get pinched, p... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: This illness comes from the body's reaction to being in close contact to birds. It can be chronic and cause ongoing breathing problems. The patient'... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Several weeks: Depending on the cause, the pain may disappear more slowly or more quickly. Pleurisy is usually a sign of infection of the lining of the lung between ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Probably not: Vaporizers are not used nearly as much recently as they used to be. Moist air can help children get rid of the mucus that collects in the chest with p... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: Anywhere that is moist and dark is a risk for mold to grow. The spores (sort of like a dust) coming from mold can be inhaled and cause several kinds o... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Many ways: There are many types of germs that can caurse pneumonia (infection in the lungs). They are found in the dirt or air, on skin, in the nose or mouth. Wh... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
While symptomatic: The issue for attending school when sick is how long other children can get sick from the child. To go back to school or be around others, the child s... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Variable: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia ("bpd") can be a severe problem from being on a ventilator as a newborn. However, children grow a lot of new lung for the f... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Possibly: Several of the conditions you describe are not likely to carry over to a later pregnancy. However, you should talk to your OB doctor and pediatrician ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
History and physical: Laryngotracheitis is an acute condition usually caused by viruses that affect the voice box, the large and the small airways. You often get hoarseness... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Thick chest mucus: Dornase alfa, called pulmozyme, (dornase alfa) is a medicine that makes lung mucus thinner and easier to cough up. It was developed for patients with ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Infection: What you describe sounds like an infection in the throat, possibly strep or a virus. Go to your doctor to get your throat and neck looked at to see if... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Talk to your OB doctor and your infant's neonatologist to learn whether there is any likelihood of having the abruption happen again. Most of the time... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Talk to your doctor to sort out exactly what is going on and whether it is a major problem or not. Symptoms like cough should not last more than a co... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Talk to your doctor: There are many causes of cough that lasts a long time. When it goes away in 2-3 weeks it is likely to just be an acute infection, but when it lasts fo... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Likely infections: Many youngsters have red throats and red ears from infections (both virus and bacteria germs). The eczema infection is likely to be from a bacteria g... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: The pertussis vaccine only lasts a few years in protection, 5-10 at best. Most children who get the whole series of pertussis immunizations early in... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Supplements: Adding calorie-rich diet supplements without curbing your appetite for "regular food" will help. Get your favorite flavor of boost, ensure and any oth... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Talk to her doctor: The likely cause depends on where the pain is located (where on the chest and deep inside or near the surface), when it happens and if there are other... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Treatment with IV antibiotics for 6 weeks is the recommended treatment, but your doctor can tell you specifically how much, if any, chance there is of... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Regular: Aerobic exercise several times a week is best to maintain health. What activity and how much depends on what you are trying to do -- stay fit, lose w... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Keep it clean: When a skin cut or sore is healing, a scab forms. That dries and gets flaky. As the skin heals from underneath it, the scab ultimately falls off. Befo... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Talk to your doctor: This sounds like a skin infection, but it is most important to have an experienced doctor or nurse practitioner look at it. Treatment is likely to mak... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
See a specialist: Asthma that causes a lot of symptoms needs not only inhaled albuterol for rescue treatments but also daily inhaled controller medicines. Oral steroids... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: It is possible to get tuberculosis of the spine which can cause significant damage and deformity. However, it usually has pain along with the infectio... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes, likely: Ear pain on descent is often a problem for people with active ear infections. Talk to your doctor about suggestions to minimize the pain.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
See your doctor: You didn't mention your age or gender, but puberty and further sexual development can come with darker pigmentation of skin in certain areas. It is m... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Probably not: Often when children pick their noses, they will get a bleed. When they pick it again, they pull off the scab and it bleeds again. Treatment is to tri... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: Cortisone can help a patient with allergic asthma who is having a flare, but it has many more side-effects than the medicines that are now used for as... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Asthma is a long-term disease with sudden flare-ups. Talk to your doctor about the best way to find out how severe it is and what medicines should be ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Sensations or dose: The standard dose for a puff of albuterol is 90 micrograms, so any of the preparations should be the same in effect. Recently, the gas that pushes the... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Talk to your doctor: You didn't say how old you are and your state of health, but falling asleep during the day often comes with poor sleep quality or length of time at ni... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Mucus & infection: The cells lining the airways don't put out enough water into the airway to make airway secretions thin enough to be coughed out. The mucus that colle... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Continued asthma: Asthma does not automatically go away after childhood (especially in someone who smokes). Any adult who has no energy for physical activities needs to... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
It can be found: Severely underdeveloped lungs usually cause problems early in life. However, mild underdevelopment may not cause any problems for someone who does rou... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not likely: Having busy, active babies is a great thing. Depending on the age of the child and how she was delivered, the pains are not likely to be from the cli... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Much of the dose of tobi (tobramycin) goes into the air rather than directly into the child, especially when given with a mask rather than mouthpiece.... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Likely virus: Many youngsters get respiratory viruses suddenly. They are well and then suddenly start to cough. "bronchtis" is the term usually used for a wet coug... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Likely normal: Many normal children that age have quite variable appetites i would suggest that you keep a daily listing of all that she eats and drinks. After 1-2... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Talk to your doctor: When the forearm and hand don't develop quite right, there can be other effects nearby. Talk to your doctor to see how much weakness there is and whi... Read More
A 92-year-old male asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Talk to the doctor: Frequent seizures need to be checked out right away for a cause and for best treatment. Parents should talk to the child's doctor and may well need a ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Perhaps generous: The general amount of fluid (formula) intake that is expected for a baby is about 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 oz per pound of body weight per day. Note how much yo... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: It is probably not really an allergy, but a reaction to an odor. It may be a memory or just a particular smell that "doesn't agree with you". The eas... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Pneumonia from dusts: Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is a special form of lung irritation/inflammation caused by the body's response when certain kinds of dusts are inhaled. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Over-inflation: If air gets in (inhaling) but cannot get out (exhaling) as well, the lungs can become over-inflated, like a balloon with extra air blown into it. Whe... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Around 30 %: Many things about a patient and their cystic fibrosis (CF) are considered when a team is deciding whether or not to do a lung transplant. When lung fu... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Bowman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Bowman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Feb 9, 2013
Prompt reply
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Other abx. are "hard to get approved".... My trachees are colonized with Pseudo, ESBL Kleb. O & one with Staph. Thanks. I will try again
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Thanks! Got med yesterday. Taken two thus far. Fever is mostly gone but the chest pain when coughing, fatigue and body aches are bad.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Doctor prescribed this test coz she was having irritation while passing urine.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, WI
Graduated 1975MD

Medical/Graduate school

PhD Genetics; University of Wisconsin, 1972
MD

Residency

Vanderbilt University Childrens Hospital

Residency

Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital

Awards

Career development award from the American Heart Association
Fellowship from the US Cytic Fibrosis Foundation
Research grants from multiple pharmaceutical companies

Affiliations

Medical University of South Carolina
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Thoracic Society

Publications

EEfficacy and safety of chronic intermittent administration of inhaled tobramycin in patients with cystic fibrosis.
Cost-effective airway cultures in the cystic fibrosis patient.
Effectiveness of a breath-actuated nebulizer device on asthma care in the pediatric emergency department.
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