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If you are related to someone with asthma, if you smoke, if you are overweight, or if you are consistently exposed to airborne irritants including but not limited to second-hand smoke, exhaust fumes or chemicals, there is a good chance that you (or your child) may develop asthma. This uncomfortable condition is characterized by periods of severe breathing difficulty during which the airways become inflamed and filled with mucus. Left untreated, it can worsen and become debilitating.

Although there is no known cure for asthma, the good news is that it can be effectively managed with the help of your family physician, certain medications and an understanding and avoidance of those things that trigger an asthma attack.

If you or your child have experienced shortness of breath and other symptoms consistent with asthma, it’s important to seek prompt medical evaluation. Likewise, adults who may have previously had their asthma under control but find themselves needing to use their inhaler more often need to tell their doctor about this change in their condition. At Community Care Family Practice, our doctor has experience diagnosing and treating asthma in children and adults. Contact us at 813.788.3582 or complete an online appointment request form here.

Asthma Symptoms

  • Chest tightness
  • Extreme shortness of breath
  • Non-productive cough
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Wheezing

What Can Trigger an Asthma Attack?

  • Acute respiratory illness such as the cold or flu
  • Common allergens including pollen, dust, mold and pet dander
  • Exercise
  • Sensitivities to certain foods
  • Severe anxiety/stress
  • Smoke (including secondhand smoke) 
  • Some medicines

Asthma Treatment Options

  • Anti-inflammatories and other medications
  • Inhalers
  • Lifestyle modifications (to avoid triggers)
  • Nebulizer treatments