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If you or a loved one has ever suffered an asthma attack, you know how disquieting it can be. Triggered by exercise, respiratory infection, various allergens, stress or other factors, the airways swell and tighten while at the same time increasing their production of mucus – a combination that understandably makes it very difficult to breathe.

While typically diagnosed in childhood, adults can also develop asthma, and the first time that one experiences an asthma attack, it’s important to seek medical evaluation. Not only can your primary care physician help you to identify what triggers your condition and provide medications to keep it under control, but also she can help minimize the long-term damage that asthma may cause to the lungs and airways. Additionally, it’s very important that long-time asthma sufferers who find themselves using their inhaler more often than usual report this issue to their doctor.

At Temple Terrace Primary Care, our doctors are excellent clinicians who can help identify what triggers an asthma attack and determine the best means of controlling it.  So if you are an asthma sufferer, contact us at 813.971.3136 for more information or to set up an appointment for evaluation by our team.  

Symptoms

  • Chest tightness
  • Extreme shortness of breath
  • Non-productive coughing
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Wheezing

Asthma Triggers

  • Certain food allergies
  • Dust mites
  • Mold spores
  • Pet dander
  • Pollen
  • High stress occurrence
  • Physical activity
  • Respiratory illness (cold, flu)
  • Smoke (including secondhand smoke) 
  • Some medicines

Effective Treatments

  • Avoiding triggers
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Inhalers
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Nebulizer treatments