Physical Exam Q & A
What is asthma?
Asthma is a condition that affects the lungs. For people with asthma, the airways narrow and produce extra mucus, which can make breathing difficult and cause coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath during an attack. Asthma affects each individual differently and ranges in seriousness. The triggers include exercise, allergens, irritants in the air, or even stress — different people have different triggers.
How can asthma be treated?
The team at Sahara West Urgent Care & Wellness can help you control your asthma so that it doesn’t become disruptive to your life. Although there is no cure for asthma, a combination of prevention and treatment can help you manage it. Depending on the severity of your asthma and your medical history and status, your health care practitioner may recommend fast-acting inhalers, long-term asthma control medications, allergy medications (if this is your trigger), or home remedies and lifestyle recommendations.
What are allergies?
Allergies are your body’s reaction to a foreign substance like pollen, bee venom, pet dander, or a certain food or medication. If you have allergies, a certain substance causes your body’s immune system to produce antibodies. These antibodies then inflame your skin, sinuses, airways, or digestive tract.
Symptoms of allergies include:
- Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
- Itchy skin or rash
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
For some people, allergies are an annoyance, while for others they are serious and even life-threatening. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction and is considered a medical emergency.
How can allergies be treated?
The first step in treating allergies is to diagnose them. The team at Sahara West Urgent Care & Wellness provides both allergy testing and treatment. Based on your results, your doctor or nurse practitioner will help develop a treatment plan that works best for you based on your lifestyle and needs. Treatment options include medication or immunotherapy.
Asthma and allergies sometimes go hand in hand. The team at Sahara West Urgent Care & Wellness is experienced in treating both conditions together or separately. Contact the team today to learn how you can get help better controlling your asthma and/or allergies so you can get back to focusing on your life.