Asthma affects 7.7% of adults and 8.4% of children in the United States. If you suffer from this condition that causes inflammation of the airways and trouble breathing, seek care from the providers at Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, in Selma, Texas. Call today to get the medical management necessary to keep your asthma under control or use the online tool to make an appointment.
Asthma Q & A
What is asthma?
Asthma is a common respiratory condition that causes your airways to swell. As a result, they narrow, and you produce extra mucus, making breathing difficult. Asthma affects children, teens, and adults. You’re often born with the condition, but allergies or exercise may trigger attacks.
Asthma has no cure, but you can manage symptoms to minimize flare-ups and enjoy a high quality of life.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. Some people have mild symptoms and infrequent flare-ups, while others find asthma affects them more intensely.
Common signs of asthma include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain and tightness
- Intense coughing
- Whistling or wheezing sounds
Exercise and cold weather can sometimes make your symptoms worse.
What causes asthma?
Why people develop asthma isn’t completely understood. It likely has to do with a combination of genetic propensity and environmental factors. You’re most at risk if you have:
- A family history of asthma
- Exposure to smoke
- Contact with pollution and other irritable substances
Asthma usually shows up in childhood and can sometimes ease as you get older. In many people, the condition persists into adulthood.
What are the treatments for asthma?
The providers at Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, create a personalized asthma plan for you depending on the severity of your symptoms, your triggers, and your overall health. You use maintenance medications to help control asthma symptoms via an inhaler or orally.
For asthma flare-ups, you may be given a rescue inhaler and/or a nebulizer to deliver medication. If these are insufficient, come to the office for same-day urgent asthmatic therapy.
You also get help in identifying your triggers so you can avoid them and prevent asthma attacks. Allergy testing can help if you have allergic asthma – asthma triggered by allergies to things like dust, pollen, or mold. Cold air, vigorous exercise, and the common cold can also set off an attack.
If your asthma symptoms change with time, your provider works with you to adjust your treatments so you continue to get relief.
Call Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, today for superior asthma management and treatment or use the online tool to book an appointment.