A chronic breathing condition, asthma occurs when you have inflamed airways that make it difficult to breathe. Not only do the airways become inflamed, but they also become constricted and the muscles surrounding the airways can tighten, making it even harder to breathe.
This respiratory condition is known to cause periods of:
For some people, these symptoms are always present, but for others they come and go or may be triggered by certain irritants. At times, the symptoms may worsen, causing an asthma attack.
An asthma attack occurs when your asthma symptoms get worse and may not respond to medication. Asthma attacks are also called flare ups or exacerbations and happen when your airways swell and become inflamed. The airways also create more mucus, narrowing the passageway even more, making it difficult to breathe.
Dr. Babalola stresses the importance of recognizing the signs of an asthma attack right away so medication can be taken to reduce its severity. If symptoms don’t respond to at-home medication, emergency care may be needed as severe asthma attacks can be life threatening.
Although asthma isn’t curable, the symptoms can be managed. At the Valley Medical Center, Dr. Babalola creates a comprehensive treatment plan to address your asthma condition.
Your individualized treatment plan may include medications to help reduce your symptoms. Depending on your needs, Dr. Babalola may prescribe a long-term control medication that’s taken daily to reduce your symptoms and their severity. She may also recommend a bronchodilator to be used as a rescue medication when you need quick relief.
Part of your treatment plan may also include how to avoid certain triggers, such as:
Dr. Babalola also discusses what to do in case of a severe asthma attack. She may go over how to recognize severe symptoms and when to seek emergency medical care.
If you’re suffering from asthma, it’s time to get help. Contact Dr. Babalola’s office online or by phone to schedule an appointment and finally find some relief.
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