An astounding 25 million Americans suffer from asthma. It is a lifelong – and sometimes life threatening– disease that cannot be cured, but can be managed. Learn the signs and symptoms of the condition, and know that if you need asthma treatment, Range Urgent Care is open 7 days a week to care for you.
What is asthma?
People who suffer from asthma have swollen, inflamed airways in their lungs that make them susceptible to certain “triggers” such as the weather, colds, and airborne particulates like dust, smoke, and pet dander. When an asthma sufferer encounters a trigger, their airways increase swelling and mucus production, making it harder for air to enter and exit the lungs. Sometimes, the muscles around the airways tighten as well, and breathing becomes even more difficult. The latter stage is what is commonly known as an asthma attack, also referred to as an asthma flareup or asthma episode.
We don’t know exactly what causes asthma, but scientists suspect that it may be some combination of genetics, allergies, respiratory infections, and environment.
How is asthma diagnosed and treated?
Symptoms are different from person to person, but the most common are as follows:
∙ Difficulty breathing
∙ Tightness in the chest
If you or your child experiences any of the above symptoms, head into Range Urgent Care today. Our providers can perform a physical exam and breathing tests to determine if asthma is indeed the cause.
While asthma cannot be cured, the right medication can prevent and calm your symptoms. Your treatment plan will depend on whether your asthma symptoms are mild, moderate and intermittent, or chronic and severe.