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Asthma

Asthma Symptoms and Treatment

 
The pain, wheezing, breathing issues and constant coughing of asthma can be debilitating. Asthma symptoms are triggered when the airways swell and produce excess mucus. For some patients, asthma isn’t a big problem, but there are people who suffer setbacks in daily routines due to the condition. There is no cure for asthma, but it is possible to control the symptoms. At Urgent Clinics Medical Care, we are committed to offering assistance in the management of asthma.
Asthma

ASTHMA SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

The symptoms and signs of asthma can vary from person to person, and common indications include –

  • Breathing problems/shortness of breath
  • Tightness in chest
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing

Asthma can worsen when accompanied with other conditions, such as respiratory infections like flu and the common cold. Exercise and strenuous physical activities can trigger breathing problems in asthma patients. In addition, common allergens, including pollen and pet dander, can create major episodes.

HOW TO TREAT ASTHMA?

Typically, asthma patients are prescribed medications and treatments to reduce the symptoms and frequent attacks. Medical professionals will assess the patient’s age, history and symptoms to offer medication, which will reduce the airways’ inflammation. Inhalers may be suggested for short-term relief. Long and short-term treatments include options of inhaled corticosteroids, leukotriene modifiers and long-acting beta agonists. Short-acting beta agonists may be offered to patients for instant relief, although healthcare providers can suggest other bronchodilators for treatment. For severe asthma relief, intravenous corticosteroids may be prescribed. Allergy medications are required in certain cases.

SHOULD I SEE A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER?

You should see a medical professional right away if you have severe breathing problems, frequent coughing or wheezing for more than a couple of days. Keep in mind that early treatment of asthma can prevent numerous long-term problems. For patients who have been diagnosed with the condition, quick-relief inhalers should be kept accessible at all times. Professional healthcare should be sought right away if medications and inhalers don’t provide relief.

HOW TO PREVENT ASTHMA?

Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent asthma, but the frequent attacks and problems can be avoided. Follow the instructions and treatment given by your doctor and healthcare expert at all times, and make sure that you are vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia. A number of allergens and irritants can trigger asthma attacks and must be avoided. Medications should not be altered if relief is experienced, and in case of emergencies, reach a doctor right away.


 
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