Dr. C. michael Bowman

Pediatrics
Charleston, SC
48 years experience male

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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

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Stay at home: Bronchiolitis is an infection which can be easily spread and can make babies very sick. The most important thing is to keep away from other people whi... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Moderately is the key word here. The germs that cause problems in children with CF often come from within them or from a hospital environment. Thus, w... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Overall illness: While there may be a change in physical exam, it depends on how ill the child is, especially with lung symptoms, as to best management. Fever, shortne... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Possibly: Exhaust exposure is not healthy. However, the problems it causes are very different in different people (none to severe), depending on how much they a... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Virus damage & mucus: When viruses infect the respiratory system, the body fights it by making thick sticky mucus in the nose, sinuses or lungs. Also, the cells that have b... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
At least call: It sounds like croup again. When the symptoms from croup are coming back, you should call your doctor. If your child has a significant fever or you ar... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: The wax cleaning solutions are made to clean out ears, as long as you don't have ear tubes in your ear drums. You can also use simple half-strength p... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Intestinal germ: These problems, for just a short time, are likely (in a healthy child) to come from a virus infecting his intestne. It is likely to go on for a coupl... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Finding the germs: Whooping cough can be diagnosed by finding the germ in the body and/or by measuring body's response to the germ. However, those tests may only useful... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: There are many kinds of pneumonia or infection in the substance of the lung. Some have high fevers, many have lower fever and some have none. They var... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Talk to the doctor: Many infants cough. Most often, it comes from inhaling milk at least occasionally. Sometimes they catch germs, such as viruses, from a brother or sist... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Croup is usually caused by a particular virus which "stays around" for only a couple of weeks. It can cause thick mucus and that can make a child thro... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Anti-fungal creams for skin infections can be started when needed and stopped when the rash goes away.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Frequently upper respiratory infections "colds" do not have a fever with them. They may have a mild fever but it usually isn't very high or long-lasti... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: It is important to find out the cause for blood in the sputum, especially is it is a repeated problem. The possible causes can be mild and once-only (... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Likely virus: These symptoms are common problems which happen when children catch a virus (a "cold"), especially in the winter-time. Children can catch cold viruse... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Early liver damage: A "fatty liver" is the first step in damage to the liver and it can happen from many causes. Some progress and some go away. Ask your doctor for a re... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Virus or diet: In a healthy child, a "gi bug" (infection in the intestine) or eating something unusual can make a child's poop change character -- color, odor, diarr... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Answering both of your questions... Asthma can be dangerous, even cause death if it's severe and not treated well. Not being able to exhale is the ma... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Likely to be ok: Yes, it is common for the testicles to be pulled up high in the scrotum due to cold or other stimulation. As long as each of them is "down" some of t... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Possibly: A chest xray can be very helpful to find a cause for chest pain, such as pneumonia or rib fracture. Depending on how long it has been going on, where ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Confidence important: The strong relationship between a doctor and a patient depends on confidence. A doctor needs good communication skills to listen and explain. Some doc... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: A positive family history for asthma can increase the chance of a future child having asthma, but it doesn't assure that it will happen. Be sure to l... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Inhaler: Many children with asthma cough when they get a flare up. Did the people in the er give you an inhaler for home or just treat him with it there? Talk ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: There is a very good section on the website from the center for disease control and prevention (cdc.Gov) with great information on immunizations recom... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Irregular breathing: It is very common for even healthy newborns to have irregular breathing, with pauses that last a few seconds. They may also make strange noises when ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
It can: The tubes in the ear drum allow anything in the ear canal to possibly get inside the ear drum. Alcohol can damage the delicate parts of the ear insid... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
None from kissing: There are a lot of risks for people who smoke or who are around someone who smokes, but they are from inhaling the "second hand smoke" from the air or... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Acid reflux can do what you are talking about. However, it's best to talk to your doctor. This does not sound normal and it has been going on for a ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Possible asthma: What you describe sounds like what people with asthma can have. You don't say your age or health, but you should talk to your doctor. If it is asthma... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Returning to enjoyable sport activities are important after knee repair. Talk to your surgeon and rehab staff about best choices. I would expect tha... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Pathology, blood tes: A blood test can identify some patients with ciliary dyskinesia (immotile cilia syndrome), but the standard test is electron microscopy from a biopsy ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Gradual improvement: Once appropriate treatment has started, fever generally improves first, followed by cough. As the cough improves, chest pain should get better. Gradua... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Over-inflation: When air can get into the lungs but cannot get out very well, it can cause the lungs to be over-inflated. This can become a long-lasting problem. Usua... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Since the viruses in the MMR are weakened but live viruses, they can cause a rash. Rarely is there fever or any illness. If you're worried, call you... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Talk to your doctor who will have good suggestions available. He/she can also tell your daughter what weight would "match" her height. S/he may also... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Possibly: It depends on the cause (type of germ) of the pneumonia and the health of the baby. A child who was premature may have more problems fighting certai... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Not a good idea: When you have an enlarged spleen, it is possible for it to rupture (break open) if you hit something. That can be dangerous and make you need emergenc... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No medicine: Doctors try to not give any medicine to a three-month old baby. On-going cough in a child that age often comes from inhaling milk in some way, either ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Generally ok: Each doctor has their own style for the introduction of new foods for a baby in the change from milk only to full regular diet. Ask your baby's doctor... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Likely constipation: What you describe sounds like constipation, especially if it has happened before. Talk to her doctor. Constipation can be really sneaky. It is very co... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Talk to doctors: Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgeries can cause significant blood loss. I doubt that an ENT surgeon will guarantee no transfusion. However, talk ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Talk to your doctor: The whites of the eyes can get irritated from allergies and also infections. They can look more pink or yellow and can get drainage. They can also be... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Calculation is same: The formula to calculate the bmi is the same for people of all ages. However, the standards of how much of the population is above a certain bmi numb... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Talk to his doctor: Talk to your doctor and get his growth pattern from birth. Many children his age graze rather than "eating" so it seems like they eat nothing. Their w... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Possible asthma: Breathing cold air can cause your airways to close down if you have asthma, or, it can just be uncomfortable to the throat. If it makes you cough or ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Good prenatal carel : Hyaline membrane disease is a condition associated with lack of a chemical in the lungs called surfactant. It is usually a problem of prematurity. The... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Previous infection: Generally, infection with RSV (respiratory syncytial virus, the cause of bronchiolitis) leads to immunity to that strain (there are two) of the virus.... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Variable: Inhaled foreign objects in the lungs are often coughed out if they are small. Larger ones or infected bodies can cause symptoms until they are removed... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Repositioning bones: The most common orthopedic chest surgery involves correcting scoliosis or curvature of the spine. Other procedures involve repositioning ribs to make ... 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
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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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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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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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