Asthma is a common problem that usually develops in childhood, affecting your ability to breathe freely and requiring careful medical management. Vipul Kubal, DO, of Kubal Family Medicine in Las Vegas is an experienced physician who provides outstanding care and routine monitoring for patients of all ages who are affected by asthma. Call the practice today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment using the online tool.
Asthma is a condition that most often develops in childhood, causing breathing difficulties that can be severe in some instances.
When you have asthma, the airways to the lungs become inflamed and irritated, causing a narrowing of the passages that restricts the amount of air you can draw in. If you have asthma, your airways are hyperreactive, which means they’re highly sensitive. Hyperreactivity causes the airways to spasm, which brings on symptoms such as:
Having difficulties catching your breath often causes feelings of panic that can make the problem even worse.
Researchers haven’t isolated a single, definable cause for asthma yet. It’s known that if you contract the respiratory syncytial virus, it increases the likelihood of developing asthma, but that doesn’t account for every case.
Evidence suggests that asthma is more common in children who don’t receive exposure to common allergens or who don’t mix with many other people. Conversely, children who grow up with pets and experience exposure to mild infections are less likely to develop asthma, as are those who were breastfed.
Exposure to substances in the environment usually triggers asthma attacks, for example:
Asthma attacks can also come on as a result of stress and anxiety, or because of other medical conditions. If you have difficulty breathing, it could be because of asthma, but if you’ve not experienced the problem before, it could also be due to lung or heart disease. Unexplained shortness of breath is a symptom that always requires urgent medical attention.
If Dr. Kubal diagnoses asthma, he can prescribe asthma inhalers that you carry with you at all times. When you feel an attack coming on, you trigger the inhaler and breathe in the resulting mist. This mist contains medications that help calm inflammation and ease constricted airways, so you can breathe more freely.
You should try to identify any triggers that set off your asthma, so you can avoid them and eliminate them from your environment as far as possible. This helps to alleviate the chronic inflammation in your airways, reducing the hyperreactivity that makes it hard to breathe.
If you or your child has symptoms of asthma, call Kubal Family Medicine today, or book an appointment online.