North Dallas Primary Care Doctors
Board-Certified Primary Care Physicians & Pediatricians located in Frisco, TX
Most people take breathing for granted. But if you’re living with asthma, you most likely have a heightened awareness of your lungs and the job they’re supposed to do. Whether your shortness of breath is simply inconvenient or completely debilitating, it’s important to get the treatment you need to protect your airways. To get started, call North Dallas Primary Care Doctors or book your appointment at their Frisco, Texas, office online.
Asthma Q & A
What is asthma?
Asthma is a breathing condition that affects millions of children and adults. When you live with asthma, your airways can’t take in air unobstructed.
Instead, these airways are often swollen, narrowed, or blocked by excess mucus. This makes breathing more difficult than it is for the average person.
Asthma doesn’t affect all patients in the same way. Some people experience it only sporadically — such as when playing sports or exposed to certain allergens — and can use a quick-relief inhaler to breathe normally again. Others continually deal with it and may need more regular treatment.
In addition to shortness of breath, some of the other symptoms of asthma include:
- Wheezing or whistling while breathing
- A feeling of tightness in your chest
- Trouble sleeping
Asthma can worsen over time. Work with North Dallas Primary Care Doctors to track your symptoms so you can stay ahead of any breathing challenges with the right treatments.
What is an asthma attack?
Asthma attacks occur when your asthmatic symptoms come on suddenly, making it extremely difficult to breathe. Asthma attacks often include coughing, fast and shallow breathing, trouble speaking, paleness, tense chest or neck muscles, and a general feeling of anxiety or panic.
These attacks can be life-threatening. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical care right away.
How is asthma diagnosed?
If you suspect breathing is more challenging for you than for most people, set up an appointment at North Dallas Primary Care Doctors.
During an asthma diagnosis visit, they perform a wide variety of tests that measure your lung capacity and ability, look for certain asthma triggers, and more. This allows them to properly classify your asthma so you can get the right level of care and the most effective treatment.
How is asthma treated?
A number of medications can make a significant difference in your asthma. Some, like quick-relief inhalers, are designed to alleviate your difficulty breathing when your asthma flares.
Others, like long-term asthma control medications, are taken regularly to keep your asthma at bay.
North Dallas Primary Care Doctors works with you to find the right treatment for your asthma, your body, and your lifestyle. If you’re ready to find effective treatment so you can breathe easily, call their Frisco office or schedule your appointment online.