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Asthma Patients Use Online Medical Consultation Services

Asthma is a chronic disease affecting the bronchioles (breathing passages of the lungs). It is caused by long term inflammation. This inflammation makes the airways extremely sensitive to certain "triggers." These can be external or internal factors making the airways swell, filling with mucus. The bronchioles go into bronchospasm (contract) causing even more airway narrowing. The latter makes it difficult for the sufferer to exhale. Subsequently, the person has an asthma “attack.” If you have asthma, find out about the disease and how an doctor could help.  

       
What is Asthma?


Asthma is included in a group of conditions known as chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD). Therefore, someone who has asthma lives with it every single day of their life. A potentially deadly asthma attack can occur whenever exposure to a trigger takes place. However, the good news is that asthma can be reversed. Rather than being curable, it can be controlled with proper treatment, both on an ongoing and emergency basis.


In the U.S., asthma is extremely common with greater than 17 million people being affected. Over 30 percent of sufferers are children, making it the most prevalent chronic condition in this age group. While it does affect all ages, asthma is certainly more common in the young. Both severity and frequency of asthma attacks tend to decline with age.


Causes of Asthma     

                                                                  
Common asthma attack “triggers” include:


• Exposure to wood smoke or tobacco smoke.
• Breathing polluted air.
• Inhalation of certain airway irritants like cleaning products, chemicals or perfumes.
• Breathing in allergens (flowers, dust, mold, or animal dander).
• Flu, colds, bronchitis or sinusitis.
• Exposure to dry, cold air.
• Emotional stress or excitement.
• Exercise or other physical exertion.
• Acid reflux of the stomach.
• Additives to some wines and foods (called sulfites).
• In some women, asthma symptoms are associated with their menstrual cycle.


Symptoms of an Asthma Attack


Once the airways are irritated or infected, an asthma attack is imminent, beginning very quickly (a few minutes) or more slowly (over the period of several hours or days). Major symptoms signaling an attack are:


• Wheezing
• Tightness of the chest
• Breathlessness
• Difficulty speaking
• Coughing


Treatment of Asthma


There are two categories of asthma medications: controller drugs and rescue drugs.
Controller drugs act by minimizing airway inflammation which causes an acute attack. Corticosteroids, in the form of inhalers, are the main medications in the controller group. They work within the breathing passages directly, having very few side effects beyond the lungs. Examples of inhaled corticosteroids include Beclovent (Beclomethasone) and Nasacort (Triamcinolone).


Rescue drugs are only taken once an asthma attack has started. They are not intended to take the place of controller drugs. So, a patient should still take the latter during the course of an asthma attack. The most common rescue medications are inhaled short-acting beta-agonists. They act very quickly, usually within minutes, opening the narrowed breathing passages. Their effects usually last for about four hours. Ventolin (Albuterol) is the most frequently used medication in the rescue group.


Telemedicine Makes Treating Asthma Simple


There are many times when individuals have to leave home, either for business or leisure travel reasons. What if an asthma sufferer goes on a trip and accidently forgets their asthma medications, their inhaler runs dry or they have the misfortune of losing the luggage containing their life saving drugs? What if an asthma sufferer has an infection of the upper respiratory track? What should they do?

Thankfully, there are a few options from which to choose. Today, it is very common to be able to purchase medications online. This can be accomplished by using legal online prescriptions when your own home pharmacy is not available. While getting a refill on your medicine on the Internet may be quite easy and convenient, it is also critical to ensure that you are doing so safely. Always make sure you are using an  prescription site that is approved by the FDA when you are travelling within the States.

So….how do you know a good site to use to get your asthma medication refilled? Just go online to QuickRxRefill.com and let one of the telehealth providers assist you with your medication needs. The simple three step process makes your virtual medical experience a breeze. Just sign up, consult with the doctor, and go to a pharmacy and get your medication or medical supplies.

This is a popular medical online website allowing anyone to ask a doctor who is licensed and qualified any medical question and get services. There is a “live chat” feature where a patient can talk to an Doctor in real time to discuss any medical problems. This could include questions regarding asthma symptoms or medications, as well as how to go about getting an emergency prescription filled through a reputable pharmacy while you are away from home. prescriptions are available at QuickRxRefill.com! What could be easier? It could actually save your life. 

Resources - Retrieved June 9, 2013

FDA (2012). Buying Prescription Medicine Online: A Consumer Safety Guide. Retrieved from:
http://www.fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/ucm080588.htm

Shiffman, G of WebMD (2013). Asthma. Retrieved from:
http://www.emedicinehealth.com/asthma/article_em.htm

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