Asthma is a very common condition in children and adults. At Alpha Care, our family physicians and on staff immunologist can help diagnose and treat your family’s asthma problems. Asthma attacks can be very scary, not only for someone having one but also for someone witnessing it who doesn’t know what to do. Our doctors will also help prepare you by creating a personalized action and treatment plan for when an attack happens.
Asthma Attack Symptoms
When asthma symptoms suddenly get worse, this is referred to as an asthma attack. It is caused by your airways tightening up and the lining of the airways becoming swollen. As those airways become smaller and smaller, it gets harder to breath. Symptoms of an attack include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid breathing
- Chest tightness/Pressure
- Tightening Muscles
There are also some early signs of an asthma attack. If you notice these symptoms, you may be able to stop an asthma attack from escalating:
- Nighttime cough
- Trouble sleeping with nighttime asthma
- Frequent cough
- Changes in peak flow meter readings
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness while exercising
- Exercise induced coughing/wheezing
- Mood changes
What To Do
If you have these symptoms, it is extremely important to get medical attention immediately. If an asthma attack goes untreated, the results are very dangerous and scary — eventually leading to death.
When the first signs of asthma are present it is important to talk with a doctor about treatments, medicine, and causes. Our family physicians and asthma specialist will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan, as well as an asthma action plan. Your asthma action plan will help you understand what’s happening during an asthma attack, and how to deal with it.
We also recommend keeping an asthma diary, to help monitor your symptoms and identify the early warning signs of an attack. With Alpha Care’s help, you can be prepared for these scary attacks!
Appointments Available in Charleston, SC
Get asthma treatment and help preparing for an attack from the knowledgable team of doctors at Alpha Care. Visit us in any of our four locations through Charleston, SC for high quality care and friendly service.