Asthma

North City Urgent Care

Daniel Bekele, MD, AP

Urgent Care & Primary Care located in St. Louis, MO

While asthma isn’t a condition that can be cured, it can be managed with proper care and precautions. If you suspect you're suffering from asthma and live in the St. Louis area, consult Dr. Daniel Bekele at North City Urgent Care. Because everyone is different, symptoms and treatment of asthma will vary, but Dr. Bekele can develop a plan that’s right for you. You can pre-register using the online portal before coming in for care.

Asthma

What is asthma?

Asthma is what happens when your airways narrow, swell, and produce excess mucus. As a result, the simple act of breathing can become difficult. Other symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath are not often far behind.

Ranging from a minor issue to major problem to life-threatening attack, asthma is experienced differently by everyone. The condition can also change over time. Fortunately, symptoms can be well-managed when you work with Dr. Bekele to adjust treatments as needed.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Because everyone is different, asthma symptoms vary, and may include:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep issues due to wheezing and coughing
  • Wheezing when exhaling
  • Coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by a respiratory virus (a cold or the flu)

At times, your asthma may worsen, and this is to be expected. Symptoms may include more difficulty breathing than usual and more frequent inhaler use.

Certain conditions and situations may cause flare-ups, such as allergies and exercise. There’s even occupational asthma, which is triggered by gases, chemical fumes, or dust in the workplace.

What are the causes of asthma?

No one really knows the root causes of asthma, but there are known triggers. Varying from individual to individual, the triggers that worsen this condition may include:


  • Stress
  • Respiratory infections and colds
  • Physical activity
  • Cold air
  • Air pollutants (smoke)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Medication like aspirin, naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB), and beta blockers
  • Airborne irritants (mold spores, pet dander, pollen, dust mites, cockroach waste)

Sulfites and preservatives, which are common in wine, beer, dried fruit, shrimp, and processed food, can also trigger asthma. 

How is asthma treated?

After diagnosis, Dr. Bekele develops a plan with you to manage your asthma and prevent severe symptoms. You’ll be able to recognize what triggers your symptoms and how you can avoid asthma attacks.

Treatment may include:

  • Quick-relief inhalers
  • Inhaled corticosteroids
  • Leukotriene modifiers
  • Combination inhalers
  • Long-acting beta agonists
  • Theophylline
  • Short-acting beta agonists
  • Ipratropium (Atrovent)
  • Oral and intravenous corticosteroids
  • Allergy shots
  • Omalizumab (Xolair)

If you live in St. Louis and think you may asthma symptoms, stop into North City Urgent Care for assessment and treatment. Walk-ins are always welcome.