Asthma Treatment in Phoenixville, PA
Asthma is challenging enough to deal with as it is, preventing you from engaging or participating freely in a host of activities and causing you to live with uncertainty as to when the next attack might occur. Thus, the least you should be able to expect is top-quality medical care when dealing with your condition! Here at AFC Urgent Care in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, our board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, and medical professionals all have extensive education and experience in dealing with asthma, and would be happy to provide you with excellent care! Call us for more information!
What treatments exist for asthma?
Most asthma treatments are administered through inhalers or nebulizers. Still, there are several other supplements or alternative therapies to help manage asthma and relieve symptoms in both the short- and long-term. As far as inhalers go, there are metered-dose inhalers, which use an aerosol canister attached to a mouthpiece, and dry powder inhalers. The following is a list of asthma treatments, including both quick relievers, long-term control medicines, and those that use inhalers, nebulizers, or another medium:
- Combination inhaled medicines or quick-relief medicines
- Cromolyn sodium
- Inhaled corticosteroids
- Inhaled long-acting beta agonists
- Leukotriene modifiers
- Oral corticosteroids
- Short-acting bet agonists
Even with treatment, you will still need to do your best to avoid triggers as much as possible to mitigate symptoms and prevent an asthma attack. For more information on asthma treatments and those that we provide at AFC Urgent Care Phoenixville, call us at (610) 935-4740!
When should you see a Dr for asthma?
While it is essential to see your doctor at least once a year if you have asthma, it is not always clear whether you should see a doctor for specific symptoms you may be experiencing! For your convenience, here are a few signs to look out for which indicate that you should seek the medical attention of a doctor as soon as possible:
- Abnormal wheezing whenever you breathe in or out
- Difficulty performing day-to-day tasks, such as cooking, laundry, or taking out the garbage
- Dizziness, faintness, or weakness
- Persistent that cough that won't go away
- Wheezing that worsens after you have taken medication and given time for it to start working
While the above are signs that an asthma attack may be imminent, the following are symptoms that an asthma attack has already begun, for which you must receive medical attention immediately, either at an urgent care clinic or the emergency room:
- Bluish color in the face, lips, or nails
- Collapsing or fainting
- Confusion or exhaustion
- Difficulty speaking
- Intense shortness of breath
- Rapid breathing, coughing, or wheezing
- Straining chest muscles while trying to breathe
Can I go to urgent care for asthma?
You certainly can! In fact, urgent care centers are an excellent place to go to for any sudden asthma symptoms you experience because they allow walk-in appointments, operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and are significantly less expensive than emergency room services. As such, urgent care centers offer the same convenience as an emergency room without the inconvenience of long wait times and high costs. Moreover, going to an urgent care center does not mean that you will receive medical attention from less qualified doctors, as every urgent care center has at least one board-certified physician on-site! Thus, unless you think your asthma symptoms are life-threatening, an urgent care clinic like AFC Urgent Care is probably your best option. We can also forward any information to your primary care provider regarding your appointment with us.
For effective asthma treatment from board-certified physicians, come to AFC Urgent Care in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania! There is no need to make an appointment beforehand. Come to our clinic at 265 Schuylkill Road in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and one of our doctors or nurse practitioners will see you promptly. Our clinic is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and on weekends from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.