Asthma is a chronic disease affecting the airways in the lungs. During an asthma attack, the airways become inflamed, making it difficult to breathe.
An asthma attack can be mild, serious, or sometimes life-threatening. Symptoms of asthma include:
A severe asthma attack may cause:
The triggers for asthma attacks are not the same for everyone. Causes of asthma include:
There is no cure for asthma, but the symptoms can be managed with medical care, and by avoiding the triggers of asthma attacks. Asthma is treated by inhaling or administering medication to relax and clear the airways. Everyone with asthma should work with a doctor to create an asthma action plan for daily care and mild, moderate, and severe asthma attacks. If your child has asthma, everyone who cares for him or her should be informed of the asthma action plan so they know what to do when an attack occurs.
It is important to recognize the early symptoms of an asthma attack, such as fatigue during exercise or coughing after exercise. Early treatment can prevent the attack from getting worse.
Sometimes it is difficult to judge the severity of a child’s asthma attack because the child cannot communicate well. If you suspect your child is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
Rescue medication and emergency treatment for an asthma attack is available at Urgent Family Care in Knoxville and Sevierville, TN. Our doctors can evaluate your asthma and help you create an asthma action plan to manage symptoms and prevent asthma attacks.
DISCLAIMER: The information on this page is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. It is information that is generally available. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.