Asthma is a condition in which a person’s airways become inflamed, narrow, and swell, producing extra mucus, which makes it difficult to breath.  Asthma affects millions of Americans in the United States and leads to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms and other debilitating health effects including asthma attacks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 19 million adults and 6.2 million children in the U.S have asthma. Those numbers equate to 7.7 percent of all adults and 8.4 percent of all children.  People with asthma are at increased risks from pollen, dust mites, and similar respiratory triggers for experiencing symptoms and potentially an asthma attack.

Thankfully, asthma is a very manageable disease for most patients.

Here are a few prevention tips and basic techniques that help asthmatic patients significantly reduce triggers and live a relatively symptom-free lifestyle:

Household Maintenance and cleaning can help control asthma triggers

Patients with asthma can do quite a bit to control some common triggers. Triggers to watch out for include mold, pollen, dust mites, and similar types of irritants. The good news is that routine household cleaning and maintenance are effective ways to lower triggers in your home.

Key household prevention techniques include:

  • Keep counter tops and other household surfaces clean
  • Dust surfaces in your home frequently to reduce asthma triggers
  • Change air filters on air conditioning units to reduce spread of airborne irritants
  • Keep windows closed during high pollen days to reduce irritants in your household

Getting appropriate medical treatment for asthma symptoms

Patients that come into contact with asthma triggers and begin to experience symptoms should immediately use their inhaler.

Symptoms such as intense coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and related respiratory ailments can alleviate these conditions with inhaler use. An inhaler administers medication orally that opens the airways constricted by asthma.

Make sure you always keep your inhaler refilled as much as possible in case your symptoms worsen. If you are starting to have symptoms more frequently, and use an inhaler more than normal, then visit us at AFC Urgent Care Norwalk. We can provide asthma symptom relief and help you manage asthma triggers.

We are open 7 days a week, and accept most insurance plans.  No appointment needed. If you have any questions about how we can help with asthma treatment and management, please call us at 203.845.9100.