Acute Asthma Attack Treatment in Garden City, MI
Asthma is a relatively common condition among the American population and has been becoming increasingly prevalent in recent years. Approximately ten percent of American children have been diagnosed with asthma, with similar statistics across the adult population.
For those who are newly diagnosed with asthma, having an asthma attack can be a terrifying experience. Being unable to breathe is among one of the scariest and most uncomfortable experiences a person can have. This fear is part of the reason why more people than ever are seeking acute asthma attack treatment.
The Anatomy and Physiology of an Asthma Attack
Many people who suffer from asthma attacks may wonder what is going on in their body to cause them to have these acute periods where they are unable to breathe.
Asthma is a condition of the respiratory tract. It occurs when the bronchi, the two tube-like structures that connect your lungs to the upper airway, spasm and constrict. This constriction and spasming make it very difficult to breathe effectively and get air in and out of the lungs.
Scientists believe the primary cause of the constricting phenomenon of the bronchi during an asthma attack is the result of allergies to environmental allergens and pollutants, such as dust, pollen, and airborne chemicals.
Treatment for Asthma Attacks
Acute asthma attack treatment is twofold. Firstly, it involves using a rescue inhaler. Typically, this contains a bronchodilator medication that opens the bronchi, helping you breathe better. Secondly, it involves reducing one’s exposure to environmental or chemical irritants or pollutants, such as dust or cleaning chemicals.
During the acute phase of an asthma attack, you should also position yourself for optimal air entry into the lungs, usually sitting upright and support yourself with your arms. Your chiropractor can help you expand your chest cavity with a spinal adjustment, and teach you exercises to help ensure you are breathing properly.
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