Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. Inflammation of the airways causes them to narrow and inhibit breathing. Inflamed airways lead to certain symptoms, such as:
An asthma attack is the sudden worsening of or onset of asthma symptoms. An asthma attack can cause your airways to swell up and narrow, and fill with mucus. In an asthma attack, the symptoms are usually more severe, but it can vary depending on the individual.
People with asthma have sensitive airways that react to certain triggers in the environment. Some of the common asthma triggers include:
In some cases, exercise can cause asthma, otherwise known as exercise-induced asthma.
Numerous asthma treatments are available, including medications. Preventive, long-term solutions reduce the inflammation in your airways and provide quick relief. These include inhalers and bronchodilators that quickly open up swollen airways.
There are also long-term asthma control medications that are typically taken daily and keep asthma under control, making asthma attacks less likely.
In some cases, allergy medications can be effective. Your Modern Concepts Medical Group provider may choose multiple asthma treatments for optimal results.
It’s important to seek medical attention for asthma, since if left untreated, and if an asthma attack progresses and becomes more severe, it can be dangerous, or even fatal.
Action plans are particularly useful to map out your medications and treatment and help you manage your asthma.
If you’re aware of your asthma triggers, it’s helpful to stay away from them if possible or undergo immunotherapy, an effective treatment method involving exposure to small, increasing doses of known triggers over time, until your body develops a tolerance and the allergy subsides.
If you know you have, or suspect you might have, asthma, call Modern Concepts Medical Group or book an appointment online to learn more about asthma treatments.
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