Asthma Treatment in Orlando, FL
If you’re living with asthma—a chronic respiratory condition that can interfere with the free flow of air into your lungs—your physician has probably recommended a treatment plan for you to use in the event your symptoms suddenly worsen. What happens during an asthma attack? The muscles around your bronchial tubes constrict, causing the airways in your lungs to narrow and produce excess mucus. This can make it difficult for you to breathe and also cause you to cough or wheeze.
What Triggers an Asthma Attack?
Asthma symptoms can be set off by exposure to an allergen, such as pollen, dust mites, or animal dander. Other common triggers include smoke, chemical fumes, strong odors, and airborne irritants. Certain illnesses, such as sinusitis and the flu, can also elicit an asthma flare-up, as can extreme weather conditions, strenuous exercise, and strong emotions that alter normal breathing patterns.
At the first sign of an asthma attack, you should carefully follow your physician’s instructions, which may include taking several puffs on your rescue inhaler to quickly deliver airway-expanding medication deep into your lungs. While a mild episode may last only a few minutes, a severe episode can last for hours or even days. If you continue to wheeze or feel breathless after using your inhaler, you should seek medical attention right away.
When to Go to the ER
A severe asthma attack can be life-threatening. Therefore, you should call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room if you experience:
- Extreme shortness of breath
- Difficulty speaking
- Very rapid breathing, gasping, coughing, or wheezing
- A bluish color in your face, lips, or nails
- Difficulty inhaling or exhaling completely
Asthma can change over time, so your treatment plan will likely need to be updated periodically. The best way to keep your symptoms under control is to work with a trusted physician who knows you well.
Your Source of Personalized Healthcare
As a member of Optimum Direct Care, a direct primary care practice in Orlando, FL, you will develop a close and enduring relationship with our board-certified family practice physician, Dr. Toni “Muzzi” Muzzonigro. You will also have unlimited access to a wide range of primary care services provided by Dr. Muzzi, including chronic disease management and asthma management, if necessary. Contact us today to learn more.