Childhood Asthma Treatment in Buffalo, NY
What is Asthma?
Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood and is on the rise. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that makes it difficult for air to pass through your lungs properly. It can start at any age and nearly 26 million Americans have asthma, 7 million of them being children. Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma. However, with proper management, people living with asthma can live completely normal and healthy lives without asthma.
Delaware Pediatrics is committed to providing the latest in advanced asthma care at our office in Buffalo, NY. Our goal is to provide excellence in asthma management. This involves comprehensive education and treatment using evidence-based guidelines.
Our office has two certified asthma educators. An asthma educator is an expert in teaching, counseling, and supporting individuals with asthma, as well as their families. The goal is to minimize the impact of asthma on quality of life. The educator is knowledgeable in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma, as well as trigger avoidance. They play an important role in developing a customized Asthma Action Plan for each patient and help ensure that all medications are being taken properly.
Causes of Asthma
The swollen airways in the lungs become sensitive to certain triggers, and when those triggers enter the body, those airways create extra mucus making it difficult to breathe which leads to asthma attacks, complications, and sometimes death. The key is to understand the triggers that cause asthma. Sometimes, you may not even know you have it until you’re exposed to those triggers. This means the environment you live in is a huge cause and risk factor for asthma. Additionally, genetics is a risk factor for asthma.
Common Symptoms of Asthma
You may be wondering if your child has asthma, but unsure if it’s something else. If any of these symptoms occur chronically or only around certain triggers, they may have asthma:
- Tight feeling in the chest
- Shortness of breath
However, it’s very possible a variety of other conditions are causing these symptoms, such as different allergies. Consult with your pediatrician about whether or not your child has asthma.
Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Your pediatrician will need to conduct tests to diagnose your child. First, they will ask about symptoms, medical history, experiences, etc. to get a good sense if asthma may be a possibility. After that, the most common test is called Spirometry, in which the pediatrician will use a device to measure the airflow of the lungs.
Typically, if your child has the above symptoms, has a parent with asthma, and also has allergies (including skin allergies), your pediatrician will conduct a lung functioning test. After that, usually, a trial period of asthma medication will be given, depending on the results, with a follow-up appointment to monitor the outcome.
Delaware Pediatrics Asthma Clinics
Delaware Pediatrics offers asthma clinics twice a week during the Spring and Fall. These appointments are set up specifically to address the needs of our asthma patients. Call and schedule your asthma appointment today!
It is very important that every asthma patient receives a flu shot once a year!
Asthma Care Related Forms
- Asthma Tracker Log
- Asthma Control Test (12 yrs & older)
- Asthma Control Test for children 4 to 11 years