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Asthma Specialists

First Care Medical Clinic -  - Family Practice

First Care Medical Clinic

Family Practice & Urgent Care located in Charlotte, Albemarle, Monroe, and Gastonia, NC and Rock Hill, SC

If you’re one of the 25 million people in the United States with asthma, you can receive the care you need at First Care Medical Clinic. The board-certified providers offer both diagnostic testing and customized treatments for asthma at their offices in Gastonia, Monroe, Albemarle, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and Rock Hill, South Carolina. You can expect expert care to keep your asthma well-controlled for the long term to protect your respiratory health. Learn more about your options for treating asthma by calling the First Care Medical Clinic nearest you today or by requesting a consultation online now.

Asthma Q & A

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung condition that leads to inflammation of the airway passages in your lungs. The inflammation causes the passages in your lungs to swell, which affects your breathing. The irritation and swelling of the airways may also lead to the production of thick mucus, which leads to even further narrowing of the airway. 

There is no cure for asthma, but the highly skilled team at First Care Medical Clinic can help you manage the condition based on the severity of your symptoms. Asthma symptoms are classified as either:

  • Mild intermittent: mild symptoms two days a week during the day or night
  • Mild persistent: symptoms twice a week, but not more than once a day
  • Moderate persistent: symptoms once a day, once a night
  • Severe persistent: symptoms almost daily and regularly at night

Your asthma may change over time, so it’s important that you track your symptoms so your provider can adjust your treatment plan as needed to give you the most effective relief.

What are Common Asthma Triggers?

You may notice that certain activities or substances trigger an asthmatic reaction. Knowing your triggers may help you better manage your breathing and prevent an attack. 

Common asthma triggers include the following:

  • Allergies, such as pollen or pet dander
  • Exercise
  • Change in weather
  • Emotional stress
  • Air pollutants
  • Medication

If you’re not certain of your asthma triggers, your doctor works with you to help identify the underlying cause of your attacks. 

What Treatments Improve My Asthma?

The goal of your asthma treatment is to prevent an asthma attack before it starts. Your doctor develops a treatment plan based on the severity of your asthma. For long-term management of your asthma, your doctor may recommend the following treatments:

  • Inhaled corticosteroids
  • Leukotriene modifiers
  • Long-acting beta-agonists
  • Theophylline

He may also provide rescue medication for you to take during an asthma attack, such as a short-acting beta-agonist or ipratropium. Your doctor adjusts your treatment as needed so you get the most effective relief and reduce your risk of complications.

For personalized care of your asthma, call First Care Medical Clinic today or request an appointment online.