Find relief from asthma-related coughing and shortness of breath with the specialists at Premier Family Medical
ASTHMA – QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
For those in and around the Utah County area dealing with asthma, Premier Family Medical offers the most effective treatments. Here, patients can find relief from asthma-related coughing and shortness of breath.
Q: What is asthma?A: Asthma is a medical condition of the lungs which causes inflammation and narrowing of the air passages. Those with asthma commonly have to deal with coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. In most cases, coughing takes place early in the morning or late in the evening. When the air passages are swollen because of asthma and something irritating is inhaled, the muscles in the air passages can constrict and become even more inflamed. Cells in the airways can also begin to produce a thick mucus, further narrowing the airways. When all these side effects combine, more extreme asthma symptoms take place and breathing is extremely difficult.
Q: What are the signs & symptoms of asthma?
A: Symptoms of asthma commonly include:
Wheezing, a whistling or squeaky sound when breathing
- Shortness of breath
Symptoms can vary between patients and having symptoms does not mean that a person definitely has asthma. The best way to be sure is to have a lung function test performed by a doctor at Premier Family Medical and get a proper diagnosis. Certain substances, known as triggers, can cause a flare up or asthma attack.
Triggers commonly include:
Sulfites in beverages or foods
Viral upper respiratory infections such as colds
Allergens including pollens, dust, animal dander, mold, and cockroaches
Medicines including aspirin, other NSAIDs, and nonselective beta-blockers
Irritants including fragrance sprays, cigarette smoke, chemicals, and pollution