Asthma is a common breathing problem that affects more than 25 million people in the U.S every year. If you are one of these individuals and are suffering from an asthma attack, contact Ultra Med Urgent Care right away. We will help to get your symptoms under control for easier breathing.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that can make it difficult to breathe. Inflammation in air passages causes the airways to narrow, and hinder oxygen from reaching the lungs. This can result an array of symptoms that can range from mild to severe. These symptoms may include:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Coughing

In more severe cases of asthma, individuals may also experience an inability to talk and decreases activity. While the exact cause of asthma is unknown, children who experience respiratory infections in early childhood at a greater risk for developing asthma symptoms. Also, breathing in certain allergens can worsen asthma symptoms by inflaming airways, increase the production of mucus as a response.

There are some common asthma triggers that patients with asthma should be aware of to avoid worsening their symptoms. These include tobacco smoke, exercise, infections, allergens such as pollen and pet dander, and certain medications. Sometimes, these triggers can cause an asthma attack, which is a sudden worsening of symptoms. If this occurs, you should seek medical help as soon as possible, such as the emergency room or Ultra Med Urgent Care, as it could be serious.

How to Prevent and Manage Asthma

There is currently no cure for asthma, though there are asthma medications that can help to manage the symptoms of this disease. Most individuals with asthma can easily control their symptoms are live a normal, active life.

If you are diagnosed with asthma, there are an array of asthma treatment options available. At Ultra Med Urgent Care, we will provide immediate care to help you manage any symptoms.

In the Skokie and Evanston, Illinois area, Ultra Med Urgent Care strives to provide patients with top-notch and timely care. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer.