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  Shelby Leith   April 13, 2016   Asthma/Emphysema 0 Comments

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Velocity Care provides information and treatment options for asthma

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Asthma is a chronic lung disease that usually develops in childhood and affects close to one in 12 people in the United States. It causes a narrowing and inflammation of the airways. This inflammation can make the airways very sensitive and can cause them to swell and create more mucus. This increase in mucus and swelling can narrow the airways even more, making it very difficult to breathe.

What can trigger an asthma attack?

There are certain substances, activities and external factors that can cause the symptoms of asthma to quickly worsen. This is called an asthma attack. Common triggers for these attacks are:

  • Breathing in cold air.
  • High levels of pollution or smog.
  • Physical activity.
  • Acid reflux.
  • Airborne allergens (dust, pollen, mold).
  • Respiratory infections like the common cold.
  • Certain foods.
  • Smoking.
  • Stress.

What are the common symptoms of asthma?

Some people will experience very mild asthma symptoms while others have symptoms that can be severe and could be life threatening. Common symptoms include:

  • Coughing.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Tightness in the chest.
  • Wheezing.
  • Feeling short of breath or unable to catch your breath.
  • Symptoms that occur during physical activity or at night.

Diagnosing asthma

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms, it is time to visit your nearest urgent care clinic. Your doctor will perform a pulmonary function test that will determine how well your airways are working. They will also visually examine your nose and throat and listen to your lungs for signs of wheezing. Once asthma has been diagnosed, it will be important to determine what triggers will cause a flare-up of symptoms. A visit to an allergist can help you to determine what substances you may be sensitive to and therefore which ones you should avoid.

Treating your asthma

Currently there is no cure for asthma and the best course of action is to avoid any known triggers. This isn’t always possible, however, and attacks will still occur. Luckily, there are many treatment options available that will help to either prevent a future attack or will quickly open the airways to improve breathing while an attack is occurring. There are an assortment of different inhalers or “puffers” available by prescription that work to either reduce inflammation or dilate and expand the airways, making it easier for air to pass through. Your doctor will be able to talk to you about your specific needs and symptoms and determine which options will work best for you.

Velocity Care knows how difficult living with asthma can be and how scary an asthma attack is. Our doctors are available to help treat your symptoms immediately, helping you to breathe easier right away. We can also work with you to create an action plan to help you manage your asthma, identify its triggers and help to avoid future attacks. To find a walk-in clinic close to you visit www.velocitycare.com/locations today.

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Medical disclaimer

This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.

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