Your Pediatric Asthma and Asthma Management
More than 25 million people are afflicted with asthma in the United States, and the disease remains one of the leading causes of school absences and ER visits that stem from a chronic illness.
Children with asthma suffer from inflamed airways that produce thick mucus, making them hypersensitive to various triggers – such as smoke, pollen, or infection – that causes them to tighten and restricts airflow.
The condition is often hallmarked by the following:
- Persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Recurrent Croup
Childhood asthma can be difficult to pinpoint, as two or more underlying causes may be present. At KinderMender, our trained board certified pediatricians as well as our Pediatric Nurse Practitioners make a diagnosis through rigorous examination and research into frequency, family history, and environment.
Here, our board certified pediatricians as well as our Pediatric Nurse Practitioners first devise a detailed management plan with parents and their children to highlight individual triggers and symptoms, and reduce flare-ups. Inhaled rescue medications, such as inhalers, and longer-term control medications can also be prescribed.
While patients seeking immediate attention for asthma flare-ups can access KinderMender’s walk-in urgent care services at any time, chronic asthma treatment will require routine management and primary care services.
Fighting Off Allergens
Allergies are on the rise in America, affecting nearly 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children.
Allergies are caused when the body’s immune system attempts to fight off an invading foreign substance – such as smoke, pollen, pet dander, and certain foods – eliciting reactions that can range from the mild (sneezing) to the extreme (anaphylaxis).
Diagnosis of childhood allergies may involve some or all of the following:
- in-depth evaluation of symptoms
- a physical examination
- skin or blood tests
Depending on severity, patients may be referred to an allergist if skin test or allergy shots are indicated. Otherwise, our Primary Care team can prescribe and treat with nasal sprays or oral and/or inhaled medications.
Make an Appointment, Breathe Easier
At KinderMender, our primary care physicians should see patients before patients are exposed to their specific allergens, such as pollen, grass, rag weed..etc. Those affected by dust or other common environmental allergens may require medication year round and need frequent monitoring.
While allergies and asthma are distinctly related – children with the former are more likely to develop the latter – the two conditions are not one and the same. KinderMender’s board certified pediatricians as well as our Pediatric Nurse Practitioners are equipped to discuss the differences with patients.
Please download our asthma and allergy form and bring to your primary care appointment, or contact us today with any questions.