Asthma is a chronic disease that causes inflammation (swelling) and closing of the airways. The airways are tubes in your body connected to your lungs. When your lungs are swollen, less are is free to travel in and out, causing wheezing and coughing. Asthma also causes more mucus production in the lungs. This also increases airway obstruction by making the lining of your airway less smooth. All of this in combination can cause difficulty with breathing.
If your child has asthma, be sure to schedule your routine asthma evaluations with our office. During these asthma checks, you will be required to complete an ACT (Asthma Control Test) via the patient portal. We will review your child's symptoms, medications and perform a lung exam. Your child will receive his/her own asthma medication bag which we require present at each asthma visit. Any necessary changes in medication or asthma care will be made at these appointments. We should evaluate your asthmatic child every 6-12 months.
*Please be advised that not staying current with your child's asthma visits could affect the amount of medication dispensed when requesting a refill.
Please click on the following links from the Asthma & Allergy Network website below for more information on asthma.
Asthma Symptoms & Diagnosis
Asthma in Children
Asthma Treatment and Medications
Asthma and Exercise