Do you have shortness of breath? Chest tightness? Hear a wheezing or whistling sound when you breathe? You may have asthma, a chronic lung condition with severity ranging from a mild nuisance to life-threatening. The providers at Front Range Family Medicine in Colorado Springs, Colorado, develop a personalized asthma treatment plan so you can return to a healthy, active life. Call the office or make an appointment using the online booking agent.
Asthma is a chronic condition -- meaning it can be managed but never cured -- that affects the airways that allow air to enter and leave your lungs. If you have asthma, your airways become inflamed and narrow, making it difficult to breathe. Symptoms include chronic coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest.
Asthma flare-ups or attacks are typically caused by allergies to things like pet dander, dust mites, pollen, and mold. In some people, flare-ups are also triggered by substances such as smoke, exercise, cold, stress, and pollution.
At Front Range Family Medicine, our providers start with a thorough medical history and physical exam. Your provider assesses your lung function with a breathing test, called spirometry, and also performs allergy tests. Asthma tends to run in families so be sure to tell your provider if you have a family member with asthma.
During an asthma attack, the muscles in your airway tighten, which is called bronchospasms. This tightening, in addition to inflammation and extra mucus in your airways makes it hard for you to breathe.
Thankfully, a variety of medications can help manage your asthma to help prevent frequent, sudden attacks, so that you may go months without one. Early warning signs of an attack include:
If you think you’re having an asthma attack, sit down and take slow breaths. Use your rescue inhaler and try to stay calm. Call 9-1-1 if your symptoms aren’t improved or relieved by your rescue inhaler.
People have different triggers for their allergy attacks. For some, it’s an allergic reaction to substances like pollen, pet dander, mold, or dust mites. For others, asthma is triggered by a respiratory infection, stress, cold weather, or exercise. Figuring out your asthma triggers is important when developing a treatment plan.
At Front Range Family Medicine, we develop a personalized asthma treatment plan for every patient. We choose the most effective treatments to help you reduce asthma symptoms.
Treatment options include: