Understanding Asthma And How To Manage The Condition

Asthma is a chronic issue that results from inflamed or narrowed airways in the lungs, and the inflammation can cause swelling within these airways. As this process continues, space within the area is reduced, and excess mucus can be generated by the cells within the airways. The muscles near the airways can also tighten, which makes it even more difficult for breathing to occur.

Patients who experience asthma can encounter symptoms that are mild or severe and the frequency of asthma symptoms vary with each individual. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 1 out of every 12 people experiences asthma. Unfortunately, these numbers also rise on an annual basis.

Symptoms Of Asthma

Not only do the symptoms of asthma differ with each individual, but the severity of asthma attacks that can emerge is also diverse. But in most cases, the narrowing of the airways can eventually result in shortness of breath, and a sensation of squeezing or tightening in the chest.

Sometimes, asthma patients can also experience coughing that will intensify in the morning or late at night, along with wheezing during their attempts to breathe.

Factors That Increase The Risk Of Asthma Symptoms

There are various factors that can increase the chances of encountering problems that result from asthma. These include smoking, being exposed to second-hand smoke, excess weight, and having a family history of asthma. Having a pre-existing allergic condition such as hay fever can also be a factor, depending upon how aggressively your system responds to the allergen. There are also particular foods and forms of exercise that can act as triggers.

If the symptoms of asthma become intense, an asthma attack can develop. These can emerge rapidly, and the situation can be serious when it develops.

Steps To Reduce The Risk Of Asthma Attacks

Even though asthma itself cannot be fully eliminated if you have already encountered the condition, there are steps that can be taken to diminish the possibility of dealing with an asthma attack. First, it is important to take your medications exactly as they have been prescribed, and you should avoid making any changes with your dosage until you have discussed the situation with your doctor.

You should also receive every vaccination for pneumonia and influenza because this can protect you from experiencing any flare-ups due to these conditions. It can also be beneficial for you to evade situations in which pollen, mold, and other potential asthma triggers are present whenever it is possible, and to maintain awareness of any coughs.

You should also be attentive for any noticeable indications of a potential attack such as wheezing or shortness of breath. This can improve the likelihood of eluding a serious attack.

Even when you are not experiencing noteworthy symptoms of asthma, your airways can remain inflamed. This increases sensitivity to the various asthma triggers, which could raise the likelihood of eventually contending with an attack. However, if you consistently observe your asthma, then you will be more adept at quickly noticing any emerging symptoms that can appear.

If your child is contending with the effects of asthma, there are additional actions that you can take to help manage the condition. Understanding what can trigger his or her symptoms can curtail their impact. In some cases, it can help you shield your child from asthma attacks completely.

It is also important to make sure that your child is adhering to the correct use of all medications, and that he or she understands the proper use of their inhaler.

You should also inform any other adults that may be watching your child regarding their condition. This includes explaining what can trigger your child’s symptoms, and what medications should be utilized if an asthma attack occurs. This applies to teachers, coaches, sitters, counselors at camp or other activities in which you cannot be present.

When To Visit A Doctor

If you are confronted with the more serious forms of an asthma attack then it is vital for you to seek immediate medical attention. This includes shortness of breath that is making it difficult to talk, any extreme wheezing or coughing that forces you to strain when attempting to breathe, or any difficulty that you encounter when attempting to walk.

Otherwise, you should visit your physician annually if you are an asthma patient. He or she can construct a plan that is designed to help you manage your condition, and adjust it whenever your situation changes.

If you are consistently following your doctor’s advice and treatment plan for asthma, but still find yourself encountering several asthma attacks during the year that necessitate the use of corticosteroids, then you may need to consult with an asthma specialist. This is also the case if it ever becomes necessary to visit a hospital due to asthma attacks.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

If you have any questions or concerns about an asthma condition, or if you would like to follow-up on any other type of health issue, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. At Rapid Med, we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems:

Our Urgent Care 

At Rapid Med, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

Our Primary Care 

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient Education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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