Asthma is a condition that can make it hard to breathe. Asthma symptoms can be mild or severe, and they can come and go. Asthma attacks happen when the airways in the lungs become narrow and swell up. Asthma symptoms can include wheezing or noisy breathing, cough, a tight feeling in the chest, and shortness of breathing. For some people, asthma is a minor issue. For others, it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities and may lead to a life-threatening asthma attack.
You can help prevent your symptoms by staying away from things that cause your symptoms or make them worse. Doctors call these “triggers”. Some common triggers include dust, mold, animal dander, pollen and plants, cigarette smoke, or stress. Because asthma often changes over time, it’s important that you work with your doctor to track your signs and symptoms and adjust treatment as needed.
For some people, asthma signs and symptoms flare up in certain situations:
When to see your doctor:
Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening. See your doctor to determine what to do when your signs and symptoms worsen — and when you need emergency treatment. Signs of an asthma emergency include:
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, book your appointment online to schedule a visit with a CareMount Medical primary care provider.