Family Practice, Primary Care Practice & Urgent Care located in Northport, AL


Asthma services offered in Northport, AL

If you have asthma, you know just how challenging this common chronic health condition can be. Christine Falls, FNP-BC, and Alisha Marie Moore, CRNP, FNP-BC, of Northside Primary Care help many residents of Northport, Alabama, live healthy and active lives, even with asthma. If you’d like to learn more, schedule a visit using the online booking page or call to check appointment availability today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition in which your airways experience frequent narrowing. This reduces the volume of space available to move air into and out of your lungs, preventing you from breathing effectively. 


Asthma often develops during childhood, but it’s possible to develop the condition at any age. According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 1 out of every 13 Americans has asthma, although many are unaware they have the condition. 


While there is no cure for asthma, treatment can reduce the number and severity of attacks and help you breathe easier. 

What are the symptoms of asthma?

When you understand the signs of asthma, you can know when to seek treatment. Research shows that early intervention is the best way to improve the quality of life with asthma. Parents who begin to notice symptoms in their children can ensure kids get the best treatment possible. 


Some of the indications you may have asthma include:


  • Wheezing sounds while breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sensation of chest tightness
  • Sleep disruptions caused by coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath


Some people experience asthma symptoms without any clear cause, while for others, asthma symptoms worsen when physically active or while in certain settings.  

What are some of the more common triggers for asthma attacks?

You can manage your asthma when you understand the conditions that trigger the attacks. While you won’t be able to fully avoid triggers, there are steps you can take to reduce exposure. 


Some of the more common asthma triggers include:


  • Infections like a cold or the flu
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Cold air
  • Poor air quality
  • Certain medications
  • Stress
  • Anger


As you can see, some of these triggers are within your control while others are not. If you experience frequent asthma attacks or find yourself short of breath often, you can take medications to help you breathe easier. There is no reason to accept limitations on your daily activities when you can choose safe and effective treatment options. 


To book a visit at Northside Primary Care, simply call the office during normal business hours to check appointment availability or choose online booking, which allows you to schedule from the comfort of home, any time of day or night.