Good Neighbor Clinic
Family Practice and Urgent Care located in Los Angeles, CA
Asthma occurs in 8% of the population, causing sudden attacks that make it hard to breathe. At the Good Neighbor Clinic, compassionate physicians diagnose and treat your asthma using today’s most advanced medications. Don’t wait to get treatment – you need fast-acting medicine on hand to clear your airways during a flare-up. Call the office in Los Angeles, California, or schedule an appointment online today.
What triggers an asthma attack?
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung condition. The inflammation makes the airways hypersensitive to certain substances. When you inhale those substances, you develop an asthma attack.
During an asthma attack, the airways become swollen, narrowed, and produce excess mucus.
Many different things can trigger an asthma attack. Some of the most common include:
- Dust mites
- Animal dander
- Mold spores
- Cold air
- Second-hand tobacco smoke
- Respiratory infections (common cold or flu)
If you have allergies, there’s a good chance your allergens trigger your asthma.
What symptoms develop due to asthma?
Most people don’t have symptoms between flare-ups. During an asthma attack, you experience one or more of these symptoms:
- Chest tightness or pain
- Shortness of breath (trouble breathing)
- Wheezing (whistling sound)
- Fast heartbeat
There’s no way to know if you will have a mild or severe asthma attack. You could have a mild attack one time and a more severe flare-up the next.
That’s why it’s important to see the team at the Good Neighbor Clinic as soon as you experience asthma symptoms. They can prepare you for the next asthma attack with fast-acting medicines that open your airways.
How is asthma treated?
After diagnosing asthma, your Good Neighbor Clinic provider develops a treatment plan that includes:
Identifying and avoiding triggers
Your provider helps you determine what triggers your asthma attacks and recommends ways to avoid that substance.
You receive a prescription for an inhaler that contains quick-acting medicine to rapidly open airways.
Long-term asthma control medications
Daily medications to prevent asthma attacks and reduce the severity of your symptoms when a flare-up occurs may be needed
If you have trouble breathing, experience coughing or wheezing, call the Good Neighbor Clinic for an asthma exam or request an appointment online today.