Asthma Attacks

Monday, May 23, 2016

Asthma attacks can range from mild to life-threatening, and it is important to know when to go to a doctors office or emergency department to seek treatment. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about asthma attacks in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Asthma is a common lung disease caused by inflammation and narrowing of the airways. It affects both children and adults.

Most people with asthma will experience temporary worsening of symptoms at some point in their lives, even if they use their medications correctly. This is called an asthma attack.

Asthma attacks can vary in severity from a mild worsening of symptoms that only require additional use of inhalers to a life-threatening event that requires immediate treatment in the hospital.

Triggers for worsening asthma symptoms that may lead to an asthma attack include respiratory tract infections such as a cold, exposure to an allergen such as animal dander or dust, exposure to an irritant such as cigarette smoke, or sometimes intense exercise.

If your symptoms are severe and you are completely out of breath, not able to speak in full sentences, using a lot of muscles in your chest and abdomen to breathe, or feeling sleepy, call 911. While awaiting paramedics, use a bronchodilator to help control the attack.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.