Asthma Specialist

My Urgent Care Clinic

Urgent Care located in Abilene, TX

One in 13 people has asthma. This means that 25 million people in the U.S. suffer from this condition. Asthma causes serious breathing complications, but it's also notably common and most definitely treatable. The team at My Urgent Care Clinic in Abilene, Texas, provides expert treatment and diagnosis to help you alleviate asthma's debilitating symptoms.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a disease that makes it difficult for air to move in and out of your lungs.  

Your 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 comes in various degrees of intensity and affects people differently. However, it most often becomes a problem when something in your environment has triggered 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 chances 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 either stay with you your entire life or dissipate the older you get.

What causes asthma?

A variety of factors cause asthma, though you most often contract asthma when an element in your environment does not interact well with your body. Some other causes include:

  • Allergies of any kind, like dust, pollen, or cat dander
  • Your early childhood environment
  • Families with chronic asthma

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma affects each person differently, though the most common symptoms include:

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

How is asthma treated?

The team at My Urgent Care Clinic can provide you with a list of things you can do to prevent and manage attacks, avoid known triggers, and construct healthy habits to keep your asthma dormant. Some of these treatments include:

  • Long-term asthma medication like steroid inhalers
  • Quick-relief medicines
  • Allergy-trigger treatments

The most common treatment for asthma is a Ventolin inhaler. During an asthma attack, inhalers are the most effective method of relaxing the tight muscles around the airways and of clearing out your airways so that you can go back to breathing normally.

Don’t wait until you have an asthma attack to learn more about your treatment options.