Wasatch Peak Family Practice
Family Practice located in Layton, Utah
Twenty-five million men, women, and children suffer from asthma. It’s an extremely common condition that causes breathing complications in affected people. Because it’s extremely common, it’s also quite treatable. The team at Wasatch Peak Family Practice in Layton, Utah offers expert treatments and diagnosis to help patients of all ages alleviate the often-debilitating symptoms of asthma. Call today to get your asthma under control.
Asthma Q & A
What is asthma?
Healthy lungs use their airways to transport oxygen to the rest of your body. Asthmatic lungs are often accompanied by inflamed or swollen airways, making it difficult for air to travel and for you to breathe.
Asthma comes in various degrees of intensity and is typically triggered when something in your environment doesn’t mesh well with your body. Some triggers include:
The stronger your airways react to these triggers, the higher your chances of having an asthma attack. This means that the muscles around your airways have tightened, often making it impossible for you to breathe.
It’s entirely possible for you to lead a long, healthy life with asthma (and minimal outbreaks), and you’ll find that it might dissipate as you age.
Who does asthma affect?
Asthma affects all kinds of people. Generally speaking, you’ll contract asthma at an early age when something in your body rejects an environmental factor. Asthma can also affect you based on:
- Allergies of any kind, like dust, pollen, or cat dander
- Your early childhood environment
- Chronic asthma in your family
What are the symptoms of asthma?
The symptoms of asthma vary according to its intensity. The most common symptoms of asthma include:
- Wheezing when breathing
- Mucus-free coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest
How do you treat and manage asthma?
The team at Wasatch Peak Family Practice has extensive experience finding ways to help you manage your asthma symptoms and prevent attacks.
Your practitioner works with you to identify how to avoid known triggers, manage attacks when or if they do occur, and build a healthy lifestyle to keep your asthma at bay.
Your doctor might recommend long-term medication like steroid inhalers to keep airways stable and avoid inflammation.
Since allergies are also important asthma triggers, you’ll want to consider allergy-trigger treatments in situations when you know you’ll be exposed to allergens.
The most common treatment for asthma is a Ventolin inhaler. If you’re suffering from an asthma attack, inhalers relax the tight muscles around the airways and clear out your airways to get you back to breathing normally.
Don’t wait for the asthma attack to learn more about your treatment options. Contact Wasatch Peak Family Practice today to book an appointment.