When you’re struggling to get a breath, there’s nothing more important than getting reliable care as quickly as possible. Asthma affects everyone differently, and depending on the cause of your asthma, it can be triggered by environmental causes, or come on slowly over the course of weeks and months. At times, asthma is unmistakable — but sometimes, it can be harder to determine when it’s camouflaged among common cold symptoms.
Symptoms of Asthma
When identifying asthma, keep in mind the duration of symptoms, your personal family history, and environmental factors. If you have persistent symptoms, or a sudden episode of acute symptoms (an attack), you’ll want to visit your nearest Impact Urgent Care center for an evaluation by our medical providers.
- Regular or persistent cough at night
- Exercise intolerance
- Common cold symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, cough, congestion, and headache)
- Difficulty sleeping
Treatment for Asthma Attacks
An asthma attack occurs when the tissues in and around the bronchial tubes become inflamed, causing the airway to tighten, which restricts normal breathing. While many people experience asthma symptoms differently, attacks are commonly brought on by one of two triggers: physical activity (exercise-induced asthma) or allergies (allergic asthma).
In either situation, during an acute attack, it’s critical to get treatment as quickly as possible to restore normal breathing and prevent symptoms from escalating. Most treatments for asthma will include a bronchodilator and/or inhaler to address swelling bronchial tissues and provide relief from coughing and other symptoms. Without treatment, attacks can be life threatening, so anytime you suspect you may have symptoms, seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
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- Diaper rash
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- Eye infection
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