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What Causes Asthma?
Have you ever experienced unusual shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, or fits of wheezing? If you have, the cause may be asthma. Asthma, not surprisingly, affects the airways. Swelling and narrowing of the airways, as well as the production of extra mucus, result in constricted airflow. This can cause coughing, wheezing, and make it difficult to breathe. The dangers of untreated asthma are many, but asthma treatment can help you control your symptoms and reduce your risk for serious lung damage.
Unfortunately, the exact cause of asthma is still unclear. However, we do know that both genetic and environmental factors can contribute to the condition.
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- Have an immediate family member with asthma
- Suffer from other allergies, like hay fever
- Are overweight
- Chest pain or pressure
- Smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke
- Had a low birth weight
What is an Asthma Attack?
Asthma attacks occur when the symptoms of asthma suddenly get worse. This is caused by a bronchospasm, when the muscles surrounding the airways tighten. The other conditions that cause asthma – swollen airways and increased mucus – become worse when this happens. When an asthma attack occurs, there are a number of symptoms to watch for.
You may need asthma care if you have the following:
- Persistent Coughing
- Severe Wheezing
- Chest Pain
- Tightening of the Chest and Neck Muscles
- Difficulty Talking
- Blue Lips / Pale Face
Typically, asthma attacks are brought on by three main situations. Excessive exercise, especially in cold, dry weather, is the first. Environmental triggers can also bring on an attack. These can be things like chemical fumes, dust, or other gases. The final trigger occurs when you have allergies from airborne substances like pollen to things like cockroaches.
An asthma attack can last from a few minutes to multiple days. Milder attacks may resolve on their own without professional asthma care. However, more severe attacks will usually require professional asthma care and, in some cases, immediate medical attention.
Asthma Care by New York’s Dr. Shukla
The best time to deal with an asthma attack is before you have one. That means seeing an asthma doctor if you think you might have asthma but are currently undiagnosed.
Frequent coughing and wheezing that lasts for several days may be an early indicator that you have the condition. Take this online control test to find out if your asthma is under control or needs more care.
Working with an asthma doctor like Dr. Shukla is important to managing your asthma over the long term. He or she may prescribe various treatments, including daily medications and the use of rescue inhalers for sudden asthma attacks.
If your asthma symptoms get worse over time, contact your asthma doctor for an appointment. It is not uncommon for the condition to change over time, and various treatments may be needed as your symptoms change.
if you have a severe asthma attack.
Symptoms can include:
- Rapid shortness of breath
- No improvement after using rescue inhaler
- Shortness of breath despite relative inactivit
Dr. Shukla specializes in the treatment of asthma and other pulmonary conditions. If you think you may have asthma, or you feel your condition is getting worse,