Urgent Care for Asthma Attacks
If you are one of 25 million Americans affected by asthma, you know that an asthma attack can be frightening. When you are having trouble breathing, a long wait in the emergency room or a visit to your regular doctor later in the week may not be viable options. First Med Immediate Medical Center provides urgent care for asthma attacks at our Flushing NYC office. You do not have to wait to receive treatment from our skilled, compassionate doctors. If you are experiencing an asthma attack, call or come to our walk-in center immediately, before symptoms escalate.
Asthma is a chronic condition. It cannot be cured, but it can be managed. For some sufferers, asthma is an inconvenience. But for many others, it can make day-to-day life very difficult, and result in life-threatening asthma attacks.
Asthma attacks occur when the muscles around the airways become inflamed. This is called a bronchospasm. Asthma symptoms present differently in every case, but the most common symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, chest pressure, tightness, and in some cases, a sore throat. Some sufferers have symptoms on a daily basis, while others have asthma attacks triggered by exercise, allergens, pet dander, cigarette smoke, and other factors.
If you begin experiencing shortness of breath during minimal activity, or if your inhaler fails to reduce symptoms, you should seek immediate treatment.
You do not have to wait to receive treatment from our skilled, compassionate doctors.
Have a Plan of Action in Place for Asthma
Asthma symptoms can change as you age. You should visit your doctor regularly to monitor your asthma, and to determine the urgency of specific symptoms. You and your doctor can divide your asthma symptoms into categories, classifying them as mild, moderate, and severe. Depending on the category in which your symptoms fall, you can determine when medication or simple avoidance of triggers are the best solutions, and when it is time to pursue urgent professional help.
Keeping Asthma under Control
Prevention of asthma symptoms is the best place to start in terms of keeping asthma under control. Asthma sufferers should always take care to limit their exposure to asthma symptom triggers. They should also follow their doctor's directions when it comes to prescribed medication. If asthma is exercise-induced, an inhaler should be used prior to the activity, depending on the doctor's instructions.
We Are Always Here for You
One of the best ways to control your asthma is to plan ahead. If you live in the area and suffer with asthma, we encourage you to keep our contact information and the locations of our offices easily accessible on your phone or elsewhere. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and can provide you with the immediate attention you need. Our doctors excel in providing fast, effective, and compassionate care to help patients achieve relief. Please contact us immediately if you or a loved one is experiencing severe symptoms of an asthma attack.