Over 25 million Americans live with asthma. Furthermore, every year, 10 million people have to see a doctor to treat or manage a severe asthmatic episode, and almost two million end up in emergency departments with the condition. Without treatment, it can be life-endangering. Leading general practitioner Dr. Darryl George treats patients with asthma from his self-titled clinics in Roseburg and Beaverton, Oregon. If you have difficulty managing your symptoms, call the practice today to make an appointment.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease. It causes the airways to swell and makes it difficult to breathe. It's a potentially dangerous disease because of its unpredictable nature. Those with asthma can have a severe attack one month and no symptoms at all the next. What triggers the attacks and how the body responds to triggers can vary, too.
Unless asthma gets appropriate management, a common cold could end up in a hospital visit. Dr. George strives to keep your symptoms under control.
Several symptoms accompany asthma. You may not have them all at the same time, and, on different occasions, they may be more or less severe. Common signs of asthma include:
If you think you have asthma, make an appointment to see Dr. George. He's an expert at recognizing the early signs and can start you on a treatment plan to help manage the symptoms.
You can experience different types of asthma. It's possible to have more than one kind, depending on what triggers your symptoms. Types of asthma include:
At each appointment, Dr. George reclassifies your asthma so he can provide the most appropriate treatment at the current time.
There's no cure for asthma, but with due diligence, you can manage and control the symptoms, recognize the triggers, and lessen the chance of a severe asthma attack. There are various asthma medications, which include combined inhalers, steroids, and pills.
Understanding your triggers is a vital part of asthma management. Dr. George helps you identify what causes your attacks and then advises you to follow preventive measures, including:
No two people have the same asthma conditions. Dr. George provides individualized treatment plans to each of his patients to help ease their symptoms and to continue enjoying all the activities they're used to doing. Call the practice today and take control of your asthma.