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Asthma and Attacks

Asthma Attack Care

Asthma is a respiratory disorder which involves inflammation of the airways causing difficulty breathing for the person suffering from the condition. The condition can progress into asthma attacks in which the muscles of the airway contract becoming tight (bronchospasm), the lining of the airway wall swells, and a large production of mucus is formed. This can suddenly and drastically restrict the flow of air.
Those suffering from mild asthma can usually associate asthma attacks with specific triggers which can include:
• Molds and pollen
• Changes in weather, especially cold conditions
• Tobacco smoke
• Animal dander or hair
• Dust
• Chemicals in the air, like cleaning solutions
• Exercise
• Common cold, respiratory infections
• Some medications such as NSAIDs (aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
The symptoms of asthma attacks are more extreme than mild conditions. An individual suffering from asthma attacks can suddenly develop severe breathing difficulty with wheezing; a cough that will not resolve; an inability to talk; rapid and shallow breathing; a rapid pulse; chest pains with or without pressure; develop pale, sweaty face and skin; lips and fingernails turning blue (cyanosis); a tightening of the muscles in the chest or neck (retractions). These symptoms typically do not respond to asthma medications and can worsen requiring immediate attention.
We provide both caring testing and treatment for asthma suffers. Our professional staff is well versed in asthma medications used for control and asthma attacks alike. The most common forms of medications are directed at the control of the asthma symptoms and prevent asthma attacks, these include inhaled corticosteroids, long-acting beta-agonist inhalers, leukotriene inhibitors, omalizumab, cromolyn sodium, or nedocromil sodium. In the event of needing rescue medications for asthma attacks, our medical advisers are able to create the best solution for optimal results.
A post asthma event can easily be managed by our clinic. In the event your condition requires hospitalization, we are able to follow your care to provide continuity to your health care.