(CBS) — Superman, Spiderman, Batman are well known superheroes. Now you can add another one to the list: inhaler man. Well, Iggy the Inhaler to be exact.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez shows us how he’s helping kids breathe easier.READ MORE: Pair Charged In Murder Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega Denied Bail; Accused Teen Gunman Committed Three Previous Carjackings, Prosecutors Say
A consultation combined with illustration, not your usual doctor’s visit, but it’s Dr. Alex Thomas’ unique approach to helping young patients understand asthma and allergies.
The Presence Health allergist was inspired by his childhood love of comics.
“I started drawing these characters as a child with asthma myself as a way to kind of help understand how my own disease was affecting me,” Dr. Thomas said.
The result: a line of comics, posters, videos, stickers and even trading cards starring superheroes like Iggy the Inhaler, Broncho The Bronchodilator and Coltron The Controller–all fighting villain-allergens like The Roach, Smokey Joe, Moldar and Pollenoid, the Dust Mite and Hairy.READ MORE: Bears Reportedly Hiring Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus As New Head Coach
“My belief is that kids actually are pretty smart and they can understand this mechanism of action stuff if you teach it in a fun way,” Thomas said.
The characters and comics are a big hit with young patients like 11-year-old Abigail Burgos.
“I just like the characters that he added in,” she said. “It helps me because it shows you what happening inside your body.
Abigail says it’s different than other doctors because, “It’s a lot easier to understand and it’s like you can just kick back and just read it.”
Dr. Thomas also created comics dealing with other health topics like pediatric pain management and concussions.MORE NEWS: Chicago Matching Federal Money For Lakefront Erosion Survey
If you’d like more information on his comics, visit iggyandtheinhalers.com.