Asthma sufferers can’t afford to sit for hours in an emergency waiting room and they may not be able to get an immediate appointment at their doctor’s office. This is why at Midwest Express Clinic urgent care, we do not require an appointment, and we guarantee you will receive fast treatment by one of our medical providers.
If you are unable to walk or stand or you notice a bluish color to your mouth, GO TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM IMMEDIATELY. If you do decide to come to Midwest Express Clinic and we determine you are in need of emergency treatment we will quickly provide you with a referral to a nearby hospital.
What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a disease that attacks the lungs causing wheezing, breathlessness, and coughing. Asthma is a chronic disease, meaning you will always have it, but there are situations which may cause it to flare, resulting in an “Asthma Attack,” which is a sudden and severe worsening of asthma symptoms.
Diagnoses & Causes
How Is Asthma Diagnosed?
Asthma is typically diagnosed by a primary care physician based on your medical history, physical exam, and test results. Your physician will ask about your family history of asthma and/or allergies, and inquire about whether you have asthma symptoms, and if you do, how often.
During a physical exam, your physician will listen to your breathing while looking for signs of asthma or allergies such as wheezing, swollen nasal passages, or allergic skin conditions.
Often, a diagnostic test of lung function is conducted to test how efficiently your lungs are working. This will measure how much air you can breathe in and out, and how fast air can be blown. If the results of these tests are inconclusive, additional tests may be recommended.
What Causes An Asthma Attack?
Asthma attacks are caused by the tightening of the muscles surrounding your airways, usually in response to some trigger. These triggers include, but are not limited to:
- cigarette smoke
- air pollutants
- pet dander
Can Weather Be An Asthma Trigger?
Yes, sudden changes in weather (temperature changes, wind, storms, etc.) can trigger asthma symptoms in much the same way that other triggers do.