Asthma Treatment

Asthma is a chronic medical condition that affects the respiratory system.  Asthma causes the walls of your airways to be very sensitive.  An asthma attack can be triggered by a variety of stimuli, including allergic reactions, the common cold, smoke, hot or cold air, exercise, or stress.

Symptoms

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath

Who is at risk?

Asthma can affect anyone.  It usually, but not always, begins in childhood.  Certain factors increase risk, such as:

  • Family history of asthma
  • Extreme weather (hot or cold)
  • Poor air quality (as is often found in urban environments)
  • A stressful environment

Treatment of Asthma

Medications are available to control asthma over the long-term, as well as to provide quick relief in the case of an asthma attack.  As asthma is a chronic (long-term) condition, once diagnosed you should maintain a relationship with a heath care provider.  In addition to using appropriate medication, it is important to learn about those stimuli that trigger your asthma in order to prevent attacks.

When should I see a doctor?

If you think you or your child is suffering from asthma, see a doctor.  Once diagnosed, you should continue to visit your doctor on a regular basis.  Furthermore, if symptoms worsen or if you experience a particularly bad attack, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Asthma treatment and care is available now at Newport Urgent Care in Newport Beach, CA.

For more information on asthma, see the following websites:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology  Adult Asthma information

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology  Childhood Asthma information

Medline Plus (NIH) Asthma page

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America  Student Asthma Action Card


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