Urgent Care for Asthma
Asthma is a common lung disease affecting as many as 25 million Americans annually. The condition is a a chronic, incurable lung disease which results in airway narrowing and inflammation, reducing airflow and resulting in trouble breathing. While asthma symptoms can vary from day to day, many experience “asthma attacks,” which can require immediate medical assistance.
What Causes Asthma?
While genetic components may factor in, there is no single cause of asthma, which can make things extra frustrating for those who suffer from the disease. More often than not, however, asthma occurs as a result of the body’s allergic response. Common triggers include dust, pollen, cold air, cigarette smoke, cold symptoms, animals and exercise among others.
What are the Symptoms of Asthma?
Because asthma can range in degree of severity, symptoms may vary depending upon the individual. Common asthma symptoms include:
- Shortness of Breath
- Chest Discomfort
- Airway Restriction
- Nighttime Cough in Children
While some people may experience these symptoms in mild form, others—particularly those who suffer from asthma “attacks”—may feel very sick and require immediate medical attention.
Diagnosing & Treating Asthma
In order to diagnose asthma, a thorough physical examination and discussion of past medical history must be performed. Testing of the lungs and airway is also commonly conducted, so as to rule out other potential causes of symptoms. While there is no cure for asthma, numerous treatment options exist, including the following:
- “Instant Relief” Medicines (For Treating Flare-ups)
- Long-term Medicines (For Treating Inflammation)
There is a wide range of different medicines in each of these categories available as treatment options. Be sure to discuss with your treating provider which options may be best for you.
Asthma episodes in pediatric patients tend to be referred to as mild, moderate and severe, depending upon how one reacts to triggers. Triggers such as physical activity, allergens or irritants like chemicals and cigarette smoke can cause an asthma sufferer’s airways to react by swelling, closing down, and producing an excess amount of mucus. A simple cough or cold can also act as a trigger in asthma patients.
Are You Suffering From Asthma? Visit a ConvenientMD Location in NH, ME or MA Today!
Asthma can be extremely disruptive to daily life, and many people who experience regularly asthma attacks simply don’t know where to turn. At ConvenientMD, we can help assess and treat acute asthma examinations. We’re open seven days a week, so just stop into one of our clinics in Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts without ever needing an appointment.
Don’t let asthma control your life—stop into any ConvenientMD location today to get treated.