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The Urgency Room Is Here for Your Asthma Needs

Asthma can be a frightening condition. If it isn’t under control or kept in check, an asthma attack can occur and cause a need for medical care—in some cases, an asthma attack can be fatal.

The Urgency Room, with locations in Eagan, Vadnais Heights and Woodbury, can help in the event you need help managing your asthma. If you’re experiencing coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath, you may have asthma. Our highly experienced physicians can help in a fraction of the time it would take at your typical emergency room.

Each Urgency Room is owned and operated by the Emergency Physicians Professional Association (EPPA) and upholds the highest possible care standards. Our state-of-the-art facilities incorporate everything needed to treat everything from chest pain and high fevers to kidney stones and acute injuries. Your breaks, sprains, coughs and asthma won’t have to wait for hours to be addressed—instead, you’ll be seen quickly by one of our physicians faster than you would be seen in your average emergency room or urgent care.

Before stopping by, you can always check your expected wait time at each UR location across the Twin Cities. Don’t spend your valuable time just waiting to be seen. When minutes matter most, come to your nearest Urgency Room location to be treated and on your way to living your life sooner.

What Is Asthma?

Asthma is an incurable condition that includes the narrowing or swelling of your airways. In addition to swelling airways, they may also produce mucus, making it especially difficult to breathe. If you have asthma, your symptoms might be very minor to more prominent. Asthma might simply be a nuisance to some while it’s an inhibitor to others and their daily activities.

You might develop asthma for a number of reasons. More than 22 million people have asthma in the United States alone, so it isn’t a rare or uncommon condition to have. Adults may develop asthma later in life due to exposure to irritants or dust in the workplace. For example, someone who works in a woodshop may develop asthma from prolonged exposure to sawdust in the air; this is called occupational asthma.

If you think you have asthma, some symptoms you may experience include:

  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing at night, making it difficult to sleep
  • Pain while breathing
  • Feeling unable to fully inhale or exhale air
  • Difficulty breathing especially during exercise

How Can Asthma Be Treated?

While asthma doesn’t have a cure, it can be managed to the point where it doesn’t interrupt your day-to-day activities. Several steps may be taken to treat your asthma and control its symptoms. Since the severity of asthma can vary depending on your age, activity level and common exposure to irritants, it’s important to keep your physician up to date with changes in your symptoms so your treatment plan can be changed accordingly.

Treatment ranges from quick-relief to long-term care. Quick-relief treatment options are often referred to as rescue inhalers. These are for use before exercise (if your doctor thinks it’s necessary) or during an asthma attack. These medications will quickly open up your airways, making it possible for you to breathe. Some common quick-relief treatments include albuterol or a nebulizer.

Long-term asthma medications are meant to be taken every day. These medications usually take a few days before they reach effectiveness. Some common long-term medications include fluticasone, which is inhaled, or a bronchodilator, which is a pill that relaxes the muscles around the airways. These long-term asthma medications help reduce the chances you’ll have an asthma attack. They may be used in conjunction with other drugs that help stave off the odds of an attack—such as allergy medication.

How Can The Urgency Room Help?

No matter which Urgency Room is nearest you, our physicians will know how to quickly and effectively treat your asthma symptoms in the timeliest way possible. Don’t trudge through life not being able to breathe fully or fear risking an asthma attack. Stop by one of our Woodbury, Eagan or Vadnais Heights locations today and get the high-quality asthma care you need to better your breathing and get back to living life fully.

Call us today or stop by anytime. Each Urgency Room location is open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM 365 days of the year—that means even holidays and weekends. Skip the waits and finally get the care you deserve now.