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