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What’s Going Around Makes it Hard to Breathe

Asthma sufferers can usually point to a specific trigger to blame for their attacks, such as stress, upper respiratory infections, or seasonal allergens, such as pollen from trees, weeds and grasses or mold.

Typically allergens cause symptoms like itchy watery eyes, a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing and headaches, but for those with asthma, they can also irritate your airway tubes and cause more serious symptoms. Our Kissimmee Centra Care reported a 500% increase of patients being treated for asthma.

Other areas that reported an increase included:

Orange Lake, Oviedo, & Sand Lake – each up 200%
Winter Garden Village & Mount Dora – each up 300%


Asthma is a disease of the airways (your breathing tubes), that should never be ignored. Asthma creates inflammation that creates a narrowing of those tubes, which makes breathing difficult and causes wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.

A Centra Care doctor will diagnose asthma based on things like medical history, a physical exam and test results. The severity of your asthma will determine the proper treatment. Tests may include a lung function test, a chest X-Ray and even an EKG.

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

Nebulizer therapy, more commonly known as breathing treatments, 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.​