If you've experienced the terror and pain of an asthma attack, you're not alone- asthma affects about 34 million people in the United States. Although there is no cure, Dr. Palmer and her team at Happy Healthy You Family Medicine in Glassboro, New Jersey works with you to help manage your asthma the best way possible so that you can breathe easy.
Asthma is a lifelong disease that affects the passages that carry air to the lungs, making it feel like you can't breathe.
When an asthma attack occurs, these passages swell up and temporarily become narrow, which can cause tightness in the chest, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
The most common asthma symptoms include coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and chest tightness.
In severe asthma attacks, you might not be able to speak or move.
Several environmental triggers can cause an asthma attack, including:
Everyone from young children to elderly adults can develop asthma. Specific risk factors may increase your chances of developing asthma. These include:
To diagnose asthma, Dr. Palmer first reviews your symptoms and checks your medical and family history. It's important to share specific details about your symptoms, and when they occur, so she thoroughly understands your experiences.
She also performs a regular exam and listens to your heart and lungs and may perform a series of pulmonary function tests to determine if you have asthma.
Although asthma is a lifelong disease, many people who suffer from it can live normal, healthy lives with proper treatment. In fact, a variety of medications and preventive strategies can help manage asthma attacks.
Dr. Palmer and the team at Happy Healthy You Family Medicine help you play an active role in your asthma treatment.
An effective asthma plan can include making sure you have the right medication, treating other health conditions that may interfere with asthma treatment, and avoiding conditions that trigger an asthma attack (except exercise).
By taking a proactive role in your asthma treatment, you can significantly reduce the debilitating effects of feeling like a vice is squeezing your chest and increase time spent taking deep, relaxing breaths.
If you or a family member is struggling with asthma or is having trouble breathing, call the office or book online today to schedule an appointment!