Cleveland Asthma Attacks

Many a parent will take his or her child to the emergency or a Cleveland urgent care facility wondering if his or her son or daughter has asthma. Asthma is chronic disease with no cure that affects the airways. The airways constrict after allergens or other aerial irritants have caused the throat to become sore or swollen. Parents can hear this as the decrease in the amount of air getting to the lungs causes wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest, and trouble breathing in general.

You may be wondering if your child has this condition. Parents can look for those symptoms in the last paragraph, but sometimes it is easy to misread the common cold for the condition. They should also pay attention to the timing of these symptoms. If they occur at night or early in the morning this could be a tell tale sign of asthma. The same applies if the child has a cold that lasts longer than 10 days. In the event that your child presents this myriad of symptoms then it is advisable that you take them to a check out at a hospital of urgent care facility.

Most of the time asthma is a difficult diagnosis to make. These flair ups may provide the clues, but so will regular checkups. A pediatrician or medical professional will most likely discover this chronic disease through regular checkups. The doctor will perform test with regards to lung capacity and check for allergies.

This is the first step. Next the doctor will most likely ask a few questions. They will wonder if the breathing problems are worse after exercise or perhaps during certain times of the year. Family history is also important. If a previous family relative has had asthma, it is very likely that the child has developed the condition. Of course, while being aware of these symptoms is important, it is important to allow the medical professional perform the diagnosis.

Luckily, asthma is a condition that can be treated with a variety of medications. Quick-relief medications are reactive measures that work once an asthma attack is happening. If the child needs to use the quick-relief medications often, especially for a single attack, then a long term medication may be required. The long term medication will decrease the number of attacks or decrease the intensity of the attacks. The long term medications are preventive in nature and will not help in the moment of an asthma attack.

Children with asthma do not need to rely on the medication as a crutch though. They can simply learn to avoid the asthma triggers. This is a preventive measure that does not necessitate a pill or inhaler. Either way, asthma is a chronic disease that may incurable, but is hardly impossible to live with. Parents should learn all they can by visiting websites like WebMD.com or www.nih.com or by setting an appointment at a local Cleveland urgent care center or hospital if you fear your child has asthma. In the case of an emergency, you should take your child to the emergency room.

A change in the color of lips and finger nails to blue or gray, the visibility of pulling beneath the skin between the base of the neck and the ribs while they breathe, or a severe asthma attack that does not dissipate after 5 to 10 minutes are examples of possible asthmatic emergencies.

The Common Cold: Causes and Concerns

We are well into fall and Cleveland schools and workplaces alike have no doubt been ravaged by cold season already. The reality is that the common cold is the leading reason for sick days in the United States (not the temptation of a cough, cough three day weekend). In fact the Center for Disease Control estimates that school children miss 22 million days annually because of this pesky viral infection, sometimes sending concerned parents running the local Cleveland urgent care center or hospital.

The common cold is really nothing more than a name associated with a group of common symptoms, so it is like a syndrome only we most often know the cause. The symptoms that define the common cold are an itchy or sore throat in conjunction with sneezing, congestion of the nasal cavity, a runny nose, and watery eyes. It is important to note in this day and age after the break out of the H1N1 virus that the presence of muscle ache and a high temperature are not included in the cold symptoms. These are flu symptoms.

The viral agents responsible are most often the rhinovirus, coronaviruses, and the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). These can account for around 50 percent of common cold cases. The rest of the cases can be caused by one of nearly 200 other viruses. These viruses most often pass onto the victim by touch, so be diligent and wash your hands often lest these annoying little creations may begin to propagate in the throat and nose and bring about your temporary misery. Additional factors that can help the viruses are allergies, general fatigue, and emotional distress.

These symptoms are not deadly, but the lingering effect of these are surprisingly debilitating. Luckily, a common cold typically lasts between 7 and 10 days. Unfortunately for children, they will have average of five to seven colds a year. Adults only suffer two to three times a year on average according to WebMD.

The Cold Season in Cleveland and just about every other location in the United States lasts from late August to April. It is not just a coincidence that this coincides with the school year and the turning of the weather in most states. The school year piles children inside and in close quarters with hundreds of other children. The virus often spreads through classrooms like a wild fire. The same goes for the retreat indoors. People are in closer proximity to each other, so it is easier to pick up the virus since there are more opportunities for random touching of the same objects.

The most common treatment for the common cold is not antibacterial medication, as many parents go to Cleveland urgent care facilities and hospitals in hopes of getting some sort of prescription treatment know. The cold is a virus not a bacterium so the best medicine is rest and fluids. Common remedies include gargling salt water and using petroleum jelly for raw noses, and these are all fine, just as pain medication is for headaches also associated with the cold.

A word of warning to those with children under the age of 12: be wary of using aspirin. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that some studies have linked the use of aspirin with children under the age of 12 with the development of Reye’s syndrome, a rare syndrome that effects the bodies internal organ and is potentially fatal. Instead, the academy suggests using acetaminophen for all children through there teenage years.

There is a time to see a doctor or visit a Clevland urgent care facility though. If the symptoms persist beyond 10 days then it would not be unadvisable to seek the opinion of a medical professional. While a common cold is not a bacterial infection, the common cold can open the door for bacterial infections in the lungs, sinuses and ears. Of course, in the event that you feel it necessary (even if it is before the 10 day marker) feel free to schedule an appointment at an urgent care facility or hospital for a checkup or second opinion.

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