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Living with asthma can be scary when inflammation in your lungs makes it difficult to breathe. Approximately 22 million people suffer from asthma, with six million of those being children under 18 years old. There are things you can do to reduce your risk for asthma attacks and manage your symptoms to achieve better health. Here is everything you need to know.

Asthma Attacks Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Asthma attacks can occur from irritants in the air such as dust or pollen. Extreme weather conditions and specific medical conditions can trigger severe asthma symptoms. Asthma attack symptoms can include difficulty with breathing, chest pains, coughing and wheezing.

During asthma attacks, the bands of muscles surrounding the airways in the lungs tighten. The airways can become inflamed and swollen, which can lead to increased mucus production. This mucus clogs the airways, making it difficult to breathe.

There are a few treatment options to help prevent and manage the severity of asthma attacks. Your doctor may prescribe a fast-acting inhaler with medication to use to stop asthma attacks. Long-term medications may be taken daily to help prevent asthma attacks and reduce the severity of symptoms. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercise can provide asthma relief.

When to Seek Urgent Care Treatment for Asthma Attacks

You should seek urgent care treatment for asthma attacks right away if symptoms worsen. Emergency medical assistance is necessary if you experience confusion or agitation. Go to the hospital immediately if you notice a bluish tint on your lips, face or fingernails. Bring your medications with you.

Get Relief from Asthma Attacks

The best way to prevent asthma attacks is to avoid known triggers. At Rapid Immediate Care, we can help treat your symptoms and develop a personalized asthma management plan. Get relief from asthma attacks by scheduling an appointment at our Rapid Immediate Care urgent care center.

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