Learn how to control the symptoms of asthma and prevent an attack
Asthma is a lifelong disease of the respiratory system. The cause of asthma is unknown, and while it can’t be cured, you can control the symptoms and reduce the number of attacks using an action plan.
According to the CDC, more than 264,000 adults and 97,000 children in Louisiana had asthma in 2008. If you or a loved one is suffering from asthma, meet with your urgent care doctor to formulate a strategy to minimize attacks and bring immediate relief.
The most frequently reported symptom of asthma is the tightening and narrowing of a person’s airways, making it difficult to breathe. Other asthma symptoms include:
- Tightness in the chest.
- Shortness of breath.
You could experience one or a combination of these symptoms during an attack.
Additional signs of an asthma attack include a decrease in lung function, an increased heart rate and an increased respiratory rate.
A variety of things in the environment may trigger your asthma. Most commonly, people experience an asthma attack from tobacco smoke or other types of smoke, mold, pets, dust mites and during various physical activities. If you find your asthma increases due to these factors, speak with a physician for treatment options.
Every case of asthma is different, which means not all treatments are the same. Asthma medications come in different forms, such as oral or an inhalant. The purpose of asthma medications is for quick relief – reducing the restriction of your airways for easier breathing – and controlling your symptoms long term.
In most asthma-related cases, early treatment is the best strategy for managing the symptoms. Having a written asthma plan and knowing what steps you will take when you experience an asthma attack will help you manage your asthma more effectively.
Include the following in your asthma action plan:
- Know the beginning symptoms and stages of an asthma attack.
- List specific medication you will use or other treatment options.
- Remind yourself to move away from the trigger causing the attack.
- Seek care from your provider or an urgent care physician immediately if the attack intensifies.
It’s important to have a treatment plan in place so you aren’t caught unprepared. Try to avoid environmental factors that may cause an attack and keep your medication handy. Visit your physician to discuss your recent attacks and evaluate if your action plan was effective.
If you don’t currently have an asthma action plan, visit a Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center in Arkansas or Louisiana to get on track and start controlling your asthma today.
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