Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your lungs and, at times, makes breathing difficult. When asthma flares up, the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs become irritated; this inflammation causes swelling and soreness. If your child experiences asthma attacks or has undiagnosed respiratory problems, schedule an appointment with Aashima Bansal, MD, and the team at New Beginnings Pediatrics in Glendale, Arizona. Call the office to speak with a team member or request an appointment online today.
Asthma is a chronic health condition that causes inflamed lung airways. When people with asthma encounter a trigger, their airways get smaller and may fill with mucus while the surrounding area swells. The ability to breathe becomes more restricted during an asthma attack because air cannot properly move in and out of the lungs.
Symptoms of asthma include:
Asthma symptoms range from mild, going away either on their own or with minimal treatment, to an attack where symptoms continue to get worse.
To diagnose your asthma, Dr. Bansal takes several steps and begins your child’s exam with a review of their medical history and current symptoms. If persistent even with medications, then your child’s condition may require a referral to a specialist.
Chest X-rays help rule out other possible health issues, including respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lung function tests help determine the severity of your asthma.
Dr. Bansal develops a treatment plan with you to reduce the number of outbreaks your child suffers from and their intensity. It may include:
Prevalent asthma triggers include pollen, chemicals, severe weather changes, smoke, dust mites, and stress. Exercise is another common trigger, but Dr. Bansal can prescribe medicine that can help keep your child active.
These prescriptions help keep your child’s asthma under control on a daily basis, making it less likely they’ll have an asthma attack.
Quick-relief medications are used as needed for relief from symptoms during an asthma attack. These medications help keep asthma at bay when taken before exercise.
If breathing issues interfere with your child’s everyday activities, call New Beginnings Pediatrics, or request an appointment online today.