When to See Your Doctor About Asthma Symptoms

When to See Your Doctor About Asthma Symptoms

Even well-controlled asthma can sometimes cause unexpected and unpredictable flare-ups that may be difficult to control. Sometimes a change of seasons can bring environmental triggers that worsen asthma, while other times there's no explanation for an increase in symptoms. 

Because asthma is variable, it's necessary to stay on top of any change in symptoms. Asthma is easier to control when you act quickly to manage a worsening of symptoms. 

Here at Total Care Family Practice Family, Dr. Evan Allen cares for patients with asthma. Everyone with asthma should work closely with a medical provider to keep asthma well-controlled. We’ve put together some helpful information on when to come see us about your asthma symptoms. 

If you have symptoms but aren’t diagnosed with asthma

You should always see a doctor if you experience asthma symptoms but have yet to receive an asthma diagnosis. 

Common asthma symptoms include:

Asthma is often thought of as a childhood disease, but you can develop it at any time during your life. Adult-onset asthma is on the rise, and the signs may be missed or attributed to something else.

If you’ve never been diagnosed with asthma and you have asthma symptoms, it’s easy to chalk it up to stress or fatigue. If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with Dr. Allen for a thorough evaluation.

If you develop new symptoms

You should have a good idea of what is typical for you when it comes to asthma. If your asthma is under control, you’re likely aware of potential triggers and following a treatment plan. Common early warning signs of an impending panic attack are fatigue, irritability, feeling breathless when exercising, and feeling on edge. 

Many individuals with asthma know their early warning signs and have a plan to act promptly to reduce the severity of the attack. But sometimes new symptoms may emerge and take you by surprise. If new symptoms crop up, it’s a good idea to come see us.

If your symptoms worsen

Everyone is different, and it's important to know your threshold. As a good rule of thumb, whenever you experience worsening symptoms, it’s wise to let your provider know. Worsening asthma symptoms may be a sign of a progression of lung disease. 

Successful asthma management

Asthma is a complex condition that requires expert medical management. Dr. Allen works closely with you to create and execute an effective treatment plan. Asthma management typically involves identifying your triggers. Then we use long-term medication to prevent your symptoms as well as quick-acting medication to provide fast relief when an asthma attack strikes. 

Dr. Allen may recommend using a portable, handheld device called a peak flow meter to monitor your symptoms. A peak flow meter helps to detect changes in your peak air flow long before an asthma attack occurs. This gives you a head start to prevent an asthma attack. 

Rely on Dr. Allen and our team of compassionate physician assistants to help you manage asthma. To learn more, reach out to our office in Henderson, Nevada, by calling 702-766-9845 to schedule an appointment. New and existing patients can also use our online booking form.

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