Imagine this scenario: You walk into a room and immediately notice something different in the air. Your lungs begin to feel different – tighter – and breathing becomes difficult. Suddenly, you’re struggling to get enough air, and you begin to panic. It feels like you’re trying to breathe through a coffee stirrer. Right away, you realize you’re having an asthma attack. More than 15 million Americans suffer from this condition, which, according to the Rx List, is “a chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes that causes swelling and narrowing of the airways.”
Symptoms of asthma include chest tightness, shortness of breath, and wheezing. In some patients, an asthma attack can be triggered by allergies or another irritant, while others have trouble during sports or other physical activities. Fortunately, medications can help people control their asthma. According to the experts at Rx List, most prescriptions work by relaxing bronchospasm or by reducing inflammation. Most medications are inhaled because they work directly on the air passages and muscles affected by asthma. In severe cases, patients may be given corticosteroids orally; however, serious side effects can result over long periods of time, including osteoporosis and high blood pressure.
Often, patients can benefit by identifying and systematically avoiding known irritants, including animal dander. To learn more about asthma and treating it with prescription medication, talk to a doctor. By purchasing medication at a participating pharmacy, True Dental Discounts members can save 10 to 60 percent on most prescriptions. Find out how you can uncover your own savings today.