Childhood Asthma in Harford County, MD
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.
If your child is displaying symptoms of asthma, don’t hesitate to see a specialist. Give us a call today in Towson at (410) 769-8801 or Fallston at (443) 981-3337 to schedule an appointment. Our offices are a short drive from Baltimore, Owings Mills, Timonium, and Parkville.
The 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.
What Are Some Common Asthma Triggers?
- Infections of the airways. This covers sinus infections, pneumonia, and colds.
- Allergens. Your child may be allergic to dust mites, pollen, cockroaches, and pet dander.
- Irritants. Airways may be irritated by smoking, chemicals, cold air, scents, or air pollution.
- Work out. Wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness may result from it.
- Tension. It may exacerbate your child’s symptoms and cause them to become dyspeptic.
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, a variety of other conditions may be causing these symptoms, such as different allergies. Consult with Towson Pediatrics about whether or not your child has asthma.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Asthma
Dr. Assaad will need to conduct tests to diagnose your child. First, they will ask about symptoms, medical history, experiences, etc. to get a good sense of if asthma is 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), Dr. Assaad 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.
Schedule an Appointment for Asthma Treatment
The board-certified pediatricians at Towson Pediatrics provide comprehensive care to children suffering from asthma in Baltimore. If you think your child has asthma, call Towson Pediatrics in Towson at (410) 769-8801 or Fallston at (443) 981-3337 to set up an appointment. Our offices are a short drive from Baltimore, Owings Mills, Timonium, and Parkville.