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Four Ways to Attack Your Asthma

Emergency Room visits for asthma rise rapidly during late fall and early winter each year, due in part to pollen, mold, dust and respiratory infections. Worsening asthma symptoms are often referred to as an “asthma attack.” But at GoHealth Urgent Care, we can help you attack your asthma, making sure you keep the symptoms of your asthma in check and stay health this winter. Here’s how!

1) Always have your rescue inhaler nearby.

Asthma attacks can come on unexpectedly, which means you need to be prepared! Even if your asthma symptoms have been well-controlled or even absent for a while, it’s important to have your rescue inhaler within arm’s reach at all times so if you do start experiencing an asthma attack, you can immediately get the medicine you need to improve your breathing.   

2) Know when to add in a steroid inhaler.

Every patient with asthma should have an asthma action plan they’ve created with their medical provider. One key part of this plan is not only knowing when to use your rescue inhaler, but also when to add in a steroid inhaler. These medicines work steadily over the course of days or weeks to decrease inflammation in your airway, decreasing the need for a rescue inhaler and lowering the likelihood of you experiencing an asthma attack. Most action plans add in a steroid inhaler if patients are using their rescue inhaler more than three times a week.

3) Get a flu shot.

It’s vital for asthma patients to get a flu shot every year, because asthma is the most common risk factor in children and adults for flu-related hospitalizations. The flu shot can prevent asthma exacerbations and pneumonia, decrease hospital admission rates, and decrease the risk of transmitting the flu to people around you.  

4) Know when to seek help.

It’s important to know when to seek medical help if you have symptoms in spite of following your asthma action plan. If you have coughing, wheezing or a fever, it’s important to schedule a medical appointment as soon as possible. Asking questions when confused about your asthma medications is important as well. If you’re experiencing life-threatening symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, dizziness or lightheadedness, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911. 

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