The first sign of an asthma attack is usually shortness of breath. This can include gasping, wheezing, gulping, and coughing. The inability to get air into the lungs can incite a feeling of fear and even outright panic. It's also quite common for an asthma attack to cause tightness and even pain in the chest and lungs. Sometimes, a patient who's having an asthma attack will feel light headed or faint.
There are a number of different possible asthma attack triggers. Some of the more common asthma attack triggers can include:
Temperature, including very cold and very humid weather may also be triggers for some asthma sufferers.
Children are generally more susceptible to asthma than adults.
Most adults with asthma were diagnosed as a child, although some patients aren't diagnosed until they're well into adulthood.
Patients who are prone to other health problems involving the respiratory system, including allergies and respiratory infections, are more likely to suffer from asthma than those who don't commonly have respiratory illnesses.
Patients who have a parent or other close relative who has asthma may have a higher chance of developing it themselves.
The treatment for asthma is customized for the patient at Bronx Park Urgent Medical Care. Each case of asthma is different, so treatment is based upon the intensity of the attacks, the frequency of the attacks, and the effects of the asthma attacks.
Many patients have several types of medication for asthma. This can include a rescue inhaler to use when an asthma attack starts, a daily inhaler to use as an asthma preventive, and oral medications in some cases.
If the asthma triggers can be identified, there are often several lifestyle changes that can be helpful in reducing the severity and frequency of asthma attacks.
Lifestyle changes may include:
Asthma doesn't have to stop a patient's life. The Bronx Park Urgent Medical Care team can help patients live their lives to the fullest, even with asthma.
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