An asthma attack can be a very stressful experience and is sometimes equally stressful for loved ones who witness the attack. At Urgent Care Center of South Bay, a team of dedicated professionals is standing by to assist patients who are suffering from asthma and can help restore proper breathing.
Unlike many medical conditions that come and go, asthma is a chronic condition that affects the flow of air within a person’s lungs. It is characterized by constant inflammation in the lungs and the airways that feed into the lungs. At times, this inflammation can increase, leading to bouts of coughing, wheezing, gasping and shortness of breath. People with a family history of allergies or asthma are more likely to develop the disease, which frequently begins during childhood. No two people will have the exact same experience with asthma, but most learn a range of coping skills to help maintain normal and active lives.
One of the most important signs of a serious asthma attack is extreme shortness of breath, especially when a person feels unable to catch his or her breath during times when there has been little or no physical activity. When an attack occurs, patients should make use of their rescue inhaler. If that does not lead to swift relief of shortness of breath, it is time to seek medical care. Additional signs of a serious asthma attack include a blue tint to lips and nail beds, as well as experiencing sudden fatigue or confusion. Most people who live with asthma become very good at understanding the signs that their body is sending.
As with so many medical issues, preparation can make a world of difference in the outcome. Individuals who suffer from asthma should take steps to inform friends and family about the condition, and what to do if a serious asthma attack should take place. This includes keeping one’s medical information and emergency contact list easily accessible. When loved ones know where to find a person’s asthma medications, who to call in the event of an emergency and what to expect, they are better able to assess the situation and help secure urgent care treatment in a timely manner. That can have a huge impact on how far the attack is able to progress.
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"In the 10 years I have lived in the south bay, I have only had the best experience every time I have gone to this urgent care facility."
"The doctor was very friendly and accommodating. I had my two kids checked up for school and got the necessary paperwork. Very simple and easy."
"Doctors and nurses are very caring and considerate."
"Filled out forms and was seen in less than 10 minutes. Competent MD care. I would go again."
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"One of the biggest pro's about this place is that they can fill your prescription in-house -- no need to make a trip to another drug store."
"Always knowledgable and friendly service, whether a PA or MD is there, I am always taken care of and never feel as if my issues are being overlooked."
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"Basically, it's super convenient because it's a one-stop-shot for illness and injuries."
"The staff are helpful and nice. I had three appts and all were fast and the doc was one of the nicest and most professional I have met."
"Staff is very friendly, the Doctor was knowledgeable and easy to talk to, I was in and out in less than an hour."