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What is an Asthma Attack?

a graphic representation of an asthma attack. a young woman clutches her chest as a diagram of what happens to the lungs overlays her imageAn asthma attack occurs when your asthma symptoms cause the lining of your airways to become inflamed and your airway muscles to tighten, making it difficult to breathe.

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This life-threatening condition is not curable yet, but there are steps you can take during an asthma attack to help your body return to a healthy state. Keep reading to learn more about an asthma attack, asthma symptoms, and what to do during an asthma attack.

Asthma Attack Details

Oftentimes, an asthma attack occurs because your immune system is overreacting to an allergen (allergic asthma). If you suffer from allergic asthma, it’s important to know exactly what is triggering your symptoms so you can avoid it as much as possible. Several other types of asthma include occupational, exercise-induced, and cough-variant asthma. It is common for an asthma-sufferer to experience the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety or panic
  • Constant coughing
  • Rapid or difficulty breathing
  • Scratchy sound when breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tight chest muscles
  • Wheezing

If you experience any of these symptoms, we suggest removing yourself from the trigger if possible (i.e. cigarette smoke or pollution), using your inhaler, breathing in fresh air, and calling medical professionals right away.

Although mild asthma attacks are more common than severe asthma attacks, it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms and act accordingly to prevent life-threatening episodes. If you’re unsure how to recognize asthmatic symptoms or what to do during an asthma attack, the Langford Allergy team will gladly shed light on this important topic.

How Langford Allergy Can Help

The Langford Allergy team can identify what is triggering your asthma and educate you on ways to avoid the culprits. We will gladly answer any questions you have about asthma or asthma attacks because we understand that knowledge is key to a healthy lifestyle! Don’t hesitate to contact us today: 478-787-4728.