Asthma Specialist

PrimeMD

Primary Care Practice & Pain Management located in Lancaster, Lancaster, OH & Westerville, OH

It's hard not to panic if you feel like you can’t breathe, but this is a problem that people with asthma face every day. To reduce your risk of asthma attacks, contact your local PrimeMD office in North Columbus, Newark, Lancaster, Westerville, Kenton, Marion, Wilmington, Dublin, or New Albany, Ohio. The experienced medical personnel provides expert treatments and ongoing support for children and adults with asthma. Find out how PrimeMD can help you by calling your nearest office today or booking an appointment online.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic health problem that affects how air moves through your lungs, making it harder to breathe.

Healthy airways allow you to inhale and exhale air constantly without giving it much thought. When you have asthma, inflammation in the airways makes them narrower, which means it's more difficult to draw air into your lungs. 

Asthma is responsible for many lost work and school days, as well as being intensely distressing. A severe, untreated asthma attack is potentially life-threatening.

Why would I have asthma?

The reason why some people get asthma isn't clear, but there's likely to be a genetic influence that makes you more susceptible to developing asthma. Other factors that increase your risk of having asthma include:

  • Tobacco smoke exposure in the womb or infancy
  • Long-term inhalation of chemicals or industrial irritants
  • Living environments with poor air quality
  • Exposure to high pollen counts
  • Being prone to allergies
  • Having weight challenges

Factors like these don't just increase your risk of developing asthma; they're also common triggers for asthma attacks. Being under stress is also a common trigger for asthma attacks.

What are the symptoms of an asthma attack?

An asthma attack is where your symptoms worsen severely for a while. You experience the alarming sensation that you can't take in enough air, accompanied by problems like:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Whistling sounds when exhaling
  • Chest pain

These attacks might last for minutes or hours and are often a frightening experience, especially for children.

The PrimeMD team offers some highly effective treatments for asthma. While the condition doesn't have a cure yet, with their help, you or your child can reduce the frequency of your asthma attacks and resolve them swiftly when they do occur.

How is asthma treated?

Medications are the primary asthma treatment. Some drugs act long-term to reduce the inflammation in your airway. You might take these orally or inhale them.

If you have allergic asthma, you could benefit from treatments like immunotherapy, where your provider at PrimeMD introduces your body to measured doses of the allergens responsible for your condition. Over time, the exaggerated response by your immune system calms down until the allergen no longer triggers a reaction.

One of the most vital treatments for asthma is an inhaler. It contains medications that quickly open airways if you're having an asthma attack. You should keep an inhaler with you at all times and make sure you have spares as well.

To get expert asthma treatment for you or your child, call PrimeMD and schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.