Find out the warning signs of asthma and how we can help treat it!
According to the CDC, asthma is the most common chronic disorder in children. Everything from stress to cold air to cigarette smoking could trigger a mighty swelling of the airways, the hallmark characteristic of an asthma attack. Since asthma can be serious and potentially life-threatening, it’s important that you turn to our Jacksonville, FL, pediatrician, Dr. Alexandra Kostur, if you suspect that your child might have asthma.
What are the warning signs of asthma?
Asthma symptoms can range from barely noticeable to severe. Although asthma attacks generally appear suddenly, your child’s symptoms will vary both in frequency and severity.
Common signs and symptoms of asthma include,
- Changes in breathing
- Labored or shallow breathing
- Itchy throat
- Chest tightness
- Runny nose
- Persistent cough
- Trouble sleeping
You may notice that your child becomes easily fatigued or out of breath while exercising. Other times, being outdoors during peak allergy season may exacerbate your child’s asthma symptoms. If your child has trouble talking, if their breathing becomes very fast, or if their labored breathing is causing them to hunch over, you should seek immediate medical attention.
How is asthma treated?
If your child is displaying any of the symptoms listed above, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with your Jacksonville, FL, pediatrician as soon as possible. Even though asthma isn’t curable, it can be well managed with lifestyle modifications and medication.
When it comes to treating asthma, your pediatrician will most likely prescribe both a long-term inhaler that controls inflammation and an immediate, fast-acting inhaler that should only be used in emergency situations (i.e. when your child feels an asthma attack coming on). This “rescue inhaler”, as it’s often called, can reduce the severity of an attack, while the long-term, maintenance inhaler will be used to control your child’s symptoms and should be taken every day.
Give us a call!
Whether you are concerned that your child’s breathing difficulties stem from asthma or you just need to schedule your child’s next sports physical here in Jacksonville, FL, don’t hesitate to call Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics today at (904) 446-9991!