Asthma Specialist

National Healthcare Center -  - Urgent Care

National Healthcare Center

Urgent Care located in Stockbridge, GA & Atlanta, GA

One in 13 people has asthma. That means that 25 million people in the United States suffer from this condition. Asthma can cause serious breathing complications, but it's notably common and definitely treatable. The expert team at National Healthcare Center in Stockbridge and Atlanta, Georgia, offers effective treatments to alleviate asthma's debilitating symptoms. To make an appointment, call the office, book online, or walk in today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a disease that makes it difficult for air to move in and out of your lungs. The lungs are made of airways that transport oxygen to the rest of your body. People who have asthma tend to have swollen or inflamed airways, making it difficult for them to breathe.

Asthma varies in intensity and affects people differently. However, it often becomes a problem when something in your environment triggers it. This can include:

  • Dust
  • Smoke
  • Dander
  • Chemicals

Triggers make your airways even more sensitive and inflamed than they already are. The stronger your airways react, the higher your risk of having an asthma attack, which is when the muscles around your airways tighten and make it extremely difficult to breathe. Asthma is an illness that can stay with you for a lifetime or dissipate over time.

What causes asthma?

A variety of factors contribute to asthma symptoms, though you most often experience them when an element in your environment doesn’t interact well with your body. Risk factors include allergies to substances of any kind, including dust, pollen, and pet dander, your early childhood environment, and family history of chronic asthma.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma affects each person differently, but common symptoms include:

  • Wheezing when breathing
  • Mucus-free (non-productive) coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest

Severe asthma attacks are often dangerous, making it difficult to get a full breath of air. At the first sign of asthma, see the National Healthcare Center team for an evaluation. 

How is asthma treated?

The team at National Healthcare Center offers a list of things you can do to prevent and manage asthma attacks, avoid known triggers, and construct healthy habits to keep asthma dormant. Treatments include long-term asthma medication like steroid inhalers, quick-relief medicines, and allergy-trigger treatments.

The most common treatment for asthma is a Ventolin inhaler. During an asthma attack, inhalers relax tight muscles around your airways and clear the airways so you can resume normal breathing.

Don’t wait until you have an asthma attack to learn more about your treatment options. Call National Healthcare Center to schedule an appointment, make an appointment online, or simply walk in today.