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Is it Asthma?

Is it Asthma?

There is no specific set of symptoms that hit those with asthma. For some, symptoms can be infrequent. Others may only experience symptoms during physical activity, while some have them regularly. However, when it comes to your children, spotting symptoms early on can prevent lung damage and more. Here’s what you should know about asthma:

What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a condition that causes the airways to narrow, swell, and produce extra mucus. This leads to breathing difficulties and may trigger a variety of symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Though it cannot be cured, symptoms can be controlled and monitored throughout your lifetime.

Types of Asthma
Exercise-induced asthma
: exposure to cold and dry air can lead to asthma symptoms

Occupational asthma: occurs when irritants in workplaces such as fumes and gases cause respiratory issues

Allergy-induced asthma: is triggered by mold, pollen, and other common allergens

What Are The Symptoms?
Depending on the person, symptoms can vary. However, the most common signs include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain and tightness
  • Coughing or wheezing at night or in the early morning

Asthma can change over time, making it essential to track and monitor and changes with your doctors. Signs that asthma may be worsening often include:

  • Frequent and bothersome symptoms
  • Breathing increasingly becomes more difficult
  • An inhaler is needed more often than before

When to Contact Your Doctor
If your child has a cough that lasts more than a few days, symptoms are worsening, or you feel like the medication is needed more frequently, schedule a visit with their doctor.

If your child is experiencing sudden respiratory issues that are not life threatening, the Walk-in Clinic in Gillette, Wyoming, is here to help.

We can provide you with the personal and quality care you need. Save your spot in line or walk-in today!

Learn more at www.cchwyo.org/wic.