Asthma Specialist

Dr. Jon's Urgent Care Center

Family Practice & Urgent Care located in Martinsville, VA

Asthma is a common childhood condition that many adults also deal with today. When asthma is properly controlled, patients can live a healthy and happy life. However, regular asthma attacks can take a major toll on health and wellness. Dr. Jon’s Urgent Care Center in Martinsville, Virginia is here to help patients deal with asthma effectively using custom treatment plans that may include oral medications, inhaler medications, and lifestyle adjustments that really work.

Asthma

Dr. Jon's Urgent Care Center

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic illness that causes inflammation and narrowing of the lung airways. Asthma can cause a number of problems, with the most common issue being severe breathing problems during an attack. Although asthma isn't curable, it's very much a manageable illness.


What are the signs of asthma?

Patients who suffer from asthma experience problems that can include any or all of the following.

  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting


Who is likely to develop asthma?

Asthma appears to run in families, but it can develop in anyone. While children are more likely to be diagnosed with asthma, it can be diagnosed at any age. The exact cause of asthma isn't definitively known, but it's certain that patients who suffer from asthma tend to have more sensitive lung airways than others.


What are the most common asthma attack triggers?

Asthma attacks begin after exposure to a trigger. There are a large number of possible asthma attack triggers, and they may be unique for each patient. Common asthma attack triggers include:

  • Freezing temperatures
  • Heavy exercise
  • Pollen
  • Animal dander
  • House dust
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Stress


Do allergies and asthma always occur together?

No, but it's very common for patients who have asthma to also suffer from allergies. Patients who begin early treatment for their allergies may even have less asthma attacks over time, especially if allergens are an asthma trigger for them. Allergy testing is available at Dr Jon's Urgent Care by appointment.


What is the treatment for asthma?

Asthma treatment is highly individual and is based on the symptoms, frequency of attacks, and severity of attacks. Treatments commonly include some or all of the following options.

  • Rescue bronchodilators: inhalers that are used on an as needed basis when an attack starts
  • Preventive bronchodilators: inhalers that are used on a daily basis to prevent asthma attacks
  • Oral medications: reduce airway inflammation, strengthen lungs, or block the release of chemicals related to inflammation


Dr. Jon's Urgent Care Center will work closely with you to develop an asthma management plan that really works. While all asthma attacks may not be preventable, the majority of attacks can be controlled or avoided with the right treatment approach.