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Allergies are up. Colds are spreading fast. Flu season is fast approaching. What does all that mean?

Asthma sufferers are at high risk of attack these days, and Centra Care has the numbers to prove it. The following Centra Care urgent care locations saw the greatest increases in numbers of patients with asthma-related complaints.

Winter Park & Altamonte – up 700%
Sand Lake – up 250%
Dr. Phillips – up 200%

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Asthma can be dangerous and should never be ignored. It is a disease of the airways, that creates inflammation and spasm of those breathing tubes, making breathing more difficult and causes wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. A “trigger” usually brings on asthma attacks.

Asthma Triggers Include:

  • Pollen
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Exercise
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Animals (pet hair or dander)
  • Dust
  • Stress
  • Tobacco smoke

A Centra Care doctor will diagnose asthma based on three things: medical history, a physical exam and test results. Tests may include a lung function test, a chest X-Ray and even an EKG. These tests will help find whether an infection or allergy or a foreign object may be causing your symptoms.

The goals of asthma treatment are to establish normal lung function, relieve symptoms, and prevent asthma flare-ups. There is no cure for asthma, although symptoms may decrease over time. It is important to identify and avoid the allergens or causes that trigger your asthma. Your doctor may prescribe medications based on your condition.

Nebulizer therapy, more commonly known as a breathing treatment is available at all Centra Care locations. A nebulizer changes liquid medication to a mist, which is particularly effective in administering asthma medication to infants and young children.