Asthma is a chronic illness that makes it hard for you to breathe. Triggers cause your airways to narrow and swell. You may also produce extra mucus.
When you have a minor case that’s managed well, asthma may be a daily nuisance. In more serious cases, asthma limits what you can do daily.
At the office of Saba Shabnam, MD in Grapevine, Texas, Dr. Shabnam sees patients with asthma and helps them develop treatment plans to minimize symptoms of the disease. Anyone with asthma is at risk of having a life-threatening asthma attack, though.
Here’s what Dr. Shabnam wants you to know about asthma and how to avoid the crisis of an attack.
Asthma causes shortness of breath, coughing, tightness in the chest, and wheezing. If you feel these symptoms worsen, you may be having an asthma attack. These are signs that your breathing muscles are spasming and that your airways have narrowed due to inflammation.
If you use a peak flow meter, you’ll have low peak expiratory flow readings.
When you’re deep into an attack, your rescue inhaler won’t help you get relief from these symptoms.
Everyone’s asthma triggers are different, but some of the most common ones are:
Dr. Shabnam works with you to help you learn which of these triggers affect your asthma and how to manage exposure to them.
Dr. Shabnam can help you identify what triggers (or may trigger) asthma attacks in you.
Steps you can take to avoid aggravating your asthma and needing urgent or emergency care include:
Take your medications as prescribed, too. Dr. Shabnam also recommends you get your flu shot as soon as it's available every season. The flu can cause swelling and narrowing of your airways, leading to heightened asthma symptoms or a full-blown attack.
Dr. Shabnam usually prescribes medications to help you with asthma symptoms and mild attacks.
Patients with mild asthma do well with a rescue inhaler to give them fast relief. But, if you have more than two asthma attacks per week, you may need daily medicine that includes a maintenance inhaler or anti-inflammatory.
These medications take a bit of time to work. When they do start working and your symptoms and frequency of attacks subside, keep taking the medication.
If you have stress-induced asthma, you may also benefit from certain breathing exercises. Focus on breathing slowly in and out for a minute to help you get back in control. Breathing exercises are not a replacement for medical care, however.
If you struggle with asthma, get the care you need at the office of Saba Shabnam, MD. Call today or use this website to book an appointment. We can help you manage your symptoms, minimize uncomfortable, life-threatening attacks, and live a normal life.