Asthma is a chronic medical condition that affects the respiratory system. Asthma causes the walls of your airways to be very sensitive. An asthma attack can be triggered by a variety of things, including allergic reactions, the common cold, smoke, hot or cold air, exercise, or stress.
- Upper Respiratory Infections
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
Who is at risk?
Asthma can affect anyone. It usually, but not always, begins in childhood. Certain things increase risk, such as:
- Family history of asthma
- Extreme weather (hot or cold)
- Poor air quality (as is often found in urban environments)
- A stressful environment
Treatment of Asthma
Medications are available to control asthma over the long-term, as well as to provide quick-relief in the case of an asthma attack. As asthma is a chronic (long-term) condition, once diagnosed you should maintain a relationship with a heath care provider. In addition to using appropriate medication, it is important to learn about the things that trigger your asthma in order to prevent attacks. It is also important to get a yearly Flu Shot, and possibly Pneumonia Vaccine.
When should I see a doctor?
If you think you or your child is suffering from asthma, see a doctor. Your doctor may check your oxygen levels or do a chest X-ray. Once diagnosed, you should continue to visit your doctor on a regular bases. Furthermore, if symptoms worsen or if you experience a particularly bad attack, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Asthma treatment and care is available now at Mountain Lakes Medical Center in Mountain Lakes, NJ.
For more information on asthma, see the following websites:
Adult Asthma information – from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Childhood Asthma information from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
MedlinePlus Asthma page – detailed information from the National Institute of Health.
Student Asthma Action Card – from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
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