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What, Why & Hows

Allergies are your body’s reaction to an unknown substance that invades the normal function of your body. These substances(called allergens) can be pollen, certain foods, insect stings, etc. Your body’s immune system reacts to these substances.
Allergies are generally harmless but if they are not treated or controlled they can be fatal. Allergies can be controlled using preventive measures and medication.

Allergies are mostly inherited and passed on to generations. Around 50 million Americans suffer from some form of allergy every year. Allergies cause sneezing, runny nose, itching, or/and swelling depending on the type.

What causes Asthma?

Asthma can develop in people from a young age from the following factors:
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Environmental factors

Allergens and dust particles in the air, smoke, and other such substances can affect a baby or young children to develop asthma and breathing issues.

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Genetics and heredity

Some people have a family history of breathing issues that can get passed on. Genetics can also cause a person to have low lung capacity which may also cause asthma.

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Asthma more often than not can come about due to allergies as asthmatic patients usually suffer allergies such as dust allergies or food allergies.

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Young boys are more susceptible to asthma according to research than girls while later in life women are more susceptible.

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Occupational hazard

Excessive exposure to dust, chemicals, and allergens can cause long-term asthma to develop.

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This can raise your chances of developing asthma and even worsening it in case you already have it.

Common Asthma Types

Allergic rhinitis

You can experience a chronic runny nose, persistent sneezing, enlarged nasal passages, excessive mucus, weepy eyes, and a scratchy throat as a result of allergic rhinitis.

Exercise-Induced Asthma

Workout or extra exertion can cause exercise-induced asthma.

Cough-Variant Asthma

Severe coughing is the primary symptom of cough-variant asthma. Asthma with a cough variation is typically brought on by respiratory illnesses and exertion which go undiagnosed and can prove to be fatal or develop into long-term asthma.

Allergic rhinitis

You can experience a chronic runny nose, persistent sneezing, enlarged nasal passages, excessive mucus, weepy eyes, and a scratchy throat as a result of allergic rhinitis.

Occupational Asthma

The causes of occupational asthma are related to your workplace. Instead of usual asthma wheezing, many patients with this kind of asthma experience eye irritation, cough, runny nose, and congestion. This type of asthma can develop as a result of inhaling dangerous chemicals.

While these are just a few types of asthma, professionals at Family Urgent Care can diagnose your asthma and provide the treatment according to it.

What Precautions can be taken to Prevent Asthma attacks?

Educate yourself and have adequate knowledge about how to manage your asthma type with your daily routine. An asthma patient must stay away from dust, hazardous chemicals, and strong perfumes as they can trigger an attack. Most importantly, quit smoking immediately and stay away from smokers too.
In case of diagnosed allergies, keep an epi-pen and cautiously avoid your allergens. If you opt for furry pets, consult your doctor for anti-allergic medicines. If you have worked hard to control your asthma, avoid overexertion as it can trigger an attack.
As a precaution, keep children away from smokers as their developing lungs can suffer damage due to exposure to smoke. Always aim for a healthier lifestyle for yourself and your family with healthy food choices and adequate sleep to avoid obesity.
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What are the common treatment options for Asthma?

You can contact Family Urgent Care or get a walk-in comprehensive checkup for an effective diagnosis. You can also call us and get further information about our medical professionals and services.

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When to Rush to Emergency?

Asthmatic symptoms can include chest tightness, coughing, especially at night or early morning, shortness of breath, or wheezing.
Patients with severe asthma symptoms should visit the emergency room, especially if they experience other symptoms including intense perspiration, dizziness, nausea, panting, fingers and lips turning blue, a fast heartbeat, and pale, chilly, damp skin. These patients could be having life-threatening asthma episodes.
In such cases, Family Urgent Care provides ER services and has the right professionals to deal with your asthma. We entertain walk-in consultations, checkups, and ER services. Contact us today for your family, child, and yourself.
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