Asthma Specialist

Asthma can make it difficult to breathe. People First Urgent & Primary Care offers treatment options for patients in Millington, Tennessee who are suffering with asthma.

Asthma Q & A

People First Urgent & Primary Care

What is asthma?

Asthma is a condition that occurs when your airways become narrow, swell, and produce extra mucus. It causes the walls of your airways to be very sensitive. An asthma attack can make it difficult to breathe and may also trigger coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Asthma can be a minor problem, or it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities or even lead to a life-threatening asthma attack. Asthma can be triggered for various reasons and can include:

  • Airborne substances, such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander
  • Respiratory infections, such as the common cold
  • Exercise
  • Cold air
  • Air pollutants and irritants, such as smoke
  • Certain medications
  • Strong emotions and stress
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma symptoms are different from person to person. Some attacks are infrequent, where others have symptoms all the time.

Asthma signs and symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
  • A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling

Signs that your asthma is worsening include:

  • Increased difficulty breathing
  • Rapid worsening of shortness of breath or wheezing
  • The need to use a quick-relief inhaler more often
  • No improvement even after using a quick-relief inhaler, such as albuterol
  • Shortness of breath when you are doing minimal physical activity

How is asthma treated?

Medications are available to control asthma over the long-term, as well as to provide quick relief in the case of an attack. As asthma is a chronic (long-term) condition, once diagnosed you should maintain a relationship with a health care provider. In addition to using appropriate medication, it is important to learn about the things that trigger your asthma in order to prevent attacks.

People First Urgent & Primary Care

Phone: (901) 873-0930
4772 Navy Rd.
Millington, TN 38053


Monday – Friday: 8:00am-8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm


Interested in getting your health back on track? Contact us to speak with any one of our medical professionals today!