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Urgent Care for asthma and COPD
Types of asthma
Asthma is a long-term condition that impacts the lungs’ ability to carry air in and out. Specifically, this condition causes the airways or tubes that lead to the lungs to become inflamed and narrow. This means not enough air can pass through.
Asthma often develops during childhood but can impact people of all ages. It is usually worsened by certain triggers, such as allergens, cold air, respiratory infections, exercise or lung irritants.
There are several types of asthma, classified by the underlying cause. A healthcare provider can help you identify your asthma triggers and underlying causes so you can develop a stepwise plan to help avoid them or treat your symptoms when they occur. These underlying causes include:
Caused by allergens in the environment, like pet dander, pollen and dust.
Caused by things like stress, viruses or weather.
Caused by workplace exposure to chemicals or irritants.
Caused by physical exertion.
Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome
When COPD and asthma overlap.
Asthma symptoms and triggers
Asthma symptoms are usually related to having trouble breathing. You might wheeze, cough or feel chest tightness. Symptoms can be mild or severe. When symptoms become severe and breathing is difficult, this is called an asthma attack or asthma exacerbation.
There are many known asthma triggers. Common triggers include:
- Respiratory infections such as the common cold, flu and COVID
- Environmental allergens such as pollen, mold, dust mites and pet dander
- Chemical or environmental irritants
- Food allergens
- Changes in weather and cold air
- Heartburn / Reflux
- Smoke & Smoking
- Anxiety and chronic stress
Individual triggers can vary from person to person. Your healthcare provider can help you identify triggers and find ways to avoid or manage them.
Asthma diagnosis and treatment
If you have asthma, it is important that you work closely with a healthcare provider to help manage your symptoms and prevent asthma attacks.
When you visit GoHealth Urgent Care for asthma symptoms, our providers begin by collecting a patient history and conducting a physical exam. If asthma exacerbation is confirmed, the provider can provide on-site nebulizer treatment for asthma or prescribe an inhaler or oral steroid. They can also discuss preventative measures, such as a stepwise approach, that can help you manage your asthma treatment at home based on your current symptoms to prevent future asthma attacks.
The eventual goal of stepwise treatment is to reduce asthma medications as much as possible, while keeping you symptom free. This requires a “step up” or “step down” approach with medications and other treatments to figure out what works best to keep you breathing free.
If you are having a severe asthma attack, you should go directly to the emergency room for immediate care.
What is COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term for a group of diseases that cause blockage of air and breathing problems. These diseases include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COPD impacts over 16 million Americans.
Symptoms of COPD include coughing, wheezing, excess phlegm, shortness of breath and trouble taking a deep breath. The main cause of COPD is a history or current use of tobacco, and exposure to air pollution or certain respiratory infections can also increase your risk of developing COPD in people who smoke.
Treatments of COPD can include:
- Avoiding exposure to triggers
- Avoiding respiratory infections
- Positive pressure breathing devices during sleep
- Quitting smoking
- Supplemental oxygen
Pneumonia, influenza, and pertussis vaccines are strongly recommended to reduce the risk of these respiratory infections which will exacerbate COPD. In certain circumstances, pulmonary rehabilitation may be appropriate, which is a structured exercise and healthy behaviors program proven to improve breathing and quality of life.
Other conditions GoHealth Urgent Care treats
At GoHealth Urgent Care, we also treat a range of health conditions related to asthma or difficulty breathing. Other services we offer include:
- Allergy treatment
- Cold & flu treatment
- Care for other respiratory illnesses
- COVID-19 testing
- Onsite lab testing
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Frequently asked questions about asthma
Frequently asked questions about asthma
Ten Tips Every Asthma Patient Should Know During COVID-19
Asthma is a chronic lung condition that causes inflammation in the airways. This inflammation causes narrowing of the airways, which leads to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and a cough.
9 Must-Know Asthma Facts for Kids and Adults
Difficulty breathing from asthma can be a scary experience for patients and parents. Left untreated, asthma can progress to hospitalizations, ICU visits, and breathing tubes. Here are the top 9 most important facts to help control and prevent this breathing issue:
Five Fast Facts About Exercise-Induced Asthma
Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA) is a condition that causes the muscles around the airway to spasm, which leads to a widespread narrowing of the airway.