Why You Shouldn’t Let an Asthma Attack Go Untreated
Asthma is characterized by chronic inflammation and irritation of the airways. When an asthma attack occurs, the airways are further restricted, which makes it difficult to breathe. You can reduce the likelihood of asthma attacks by avoiding your triggers, which might include pollen, pet dander, and mold. Work with an allergy doctor to determine your triggers and develop a treatment plan. Your allergy doctor can also explain the potential consequences if you do not seek prompt medical care for an asthma attack.
Understanding the Consequences
Your allergy doctor will likely warn you that the consequences of not treating an asthma attack can include labored breathing and wheezing. Your lungs will continue to tighten, leading to a condition called “silent chest,” in which you do not have sufficient air to wheeze. Your condition will continue to deteriorate until you cannot speak and develop cyanosis, or a bluish tint to your lips. At this point, you must go to the emergency room.
Recognizing the Symptoms
Work with your allergy doctor to learn all of the possible signs of an asthma attack so you can treat it promptly. In addition to difficulty breathing, you may experience coughing, wheezing, chest pain, or rapid breathing. You might have difficulty speaking, a sweaty face, or severe anxiety.
Preparing for Asthma Attacks
Your allergy doctor can develop a treatment plan for you to follow in the event of an asthma attack. Make sure you have all of your necessary medications with you at all times. Instruct your family members and close friends on what to do if they notice you’re in distress. Don’t delay going to the emergency room if your symptoms continue to worsen or if your medications are not effective.
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