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If your child is one of the estimated six million youth in the U.S. who are affected by asthma, you understand it can be a frightening and debilitating condition. Your San Antonio family physician Dr. Dan Hoyumpa at Texan Family Clinic can help alleviate and treat their symptoms so your child stays healthy and happy.
What is childhood asthma?
Asthma is the number one chronic lung disease in children and affects the bronchial tubes, which allow air to enter and leave the lungs. Because the passageways of babies and youth are so narrow, they are prone to inflammation from colds and sickness. This can cause mucus buildup, cough, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.
How can your San Antonio family physician help treat your child's asthma?
After your child has been diagnosed with asthma, usually through an airflow and allergy test, your physician will identify ways to both quickly reduce symptoms and offer long term relief.
Your child will be prescribed an inhaler, which should be carried at all times. Inhalers come in three forms: a metered dose inhaler uses a chemical propellant to deliver medicine into your child's mouth, while a dry powder inhaler does not use a propellant. A nebulizer uses pressurized oxygen to send a mist of medication through a mask fitted over the nose and mouth.
Identifying and avoiding asthma triggers is also important. Common triggers include allergies to dust, pollen, mites and dander. Smoke, fumes, pollution and strong fragrances may also be problematic.
Respiratory illness, including flu, pneumonia and sinus infection are a common exacerbator of asthma symptoms, as are dry or cold weather. Intensive physical activity may cause exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. With the use of quick-relief asthma medicines like Anticholinergics through an inhaler, your child should be able to continue their favorite sports and recreation without worry.
There is no cure for asthma, but with education, medication, and a plan formulated with your San Antonio, TX, family physician, your child can participate and enjoy the same activities as their peers. Contact Texan Family Clinic at (210) 562-3125 today!
How are your blood glucose levels? Your physician at Texan Family Clinic in San Antonio, Dr. Dan Hoyumpa, carefully monitors his patients's blood sugars, looking for diabetes, a major health threat to Americans of all ages. Do you know enough about diabetes? Read here answers to some frequently asked questions about this chronic disease.
FAQs about diabetes
1. What is diabetes? This chronic disease is characterized by unstable glucose levels in the blood stream. Due to a lack of insulin, or because of the body's inability to use the insulin it produces, diabetic individuals cannot convert sugars and carbs into the energy their body cells need to function.
2. What's so bad about high blood sugar? High blood sugars cause various debilitating symptoms such as thirst, frequent urination, sweating, weakness and fatigue.
3. How do I know I have diabetes? Many people do not know they have diabetes until their routine blood work shows high glucose levels. Other people, however, come to Dr. Hoyumpa in San Antonio complaining about frequent urination, fatigue, vision changes, anxiety, extreme thirst, and more.
4. Does diabetes have certain risk factors? Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes, typically has a hereditary component and seems to be autoimmune in nature. In other words, the person simply cannot produce sufficient insulin to use his or her food properly to fuel his body. Type-2 diabetics do produce their own insulin, but perhaps there is not enough of it or their bodies can's use it properly.
5. What are the risk factors for diabetes? They are obesity, heredity, lack of exercise, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, giving birth to high birth weight babies, being over 45 years old, and more.
6. What is gestational diabetes? This type of diabetes expresses itself during pregnancy, particularly if a woman gains too much weight. OB/GYN physicians typically follow these pregnancies carefully, watching blood sugar levels, size of the baby and potential birth complications. The symptoms of gestational diabetes normally go away once the baby is delivered.
7. What can a diabetic eat? A diabetic diet is not as restrictive as people often assume. Obvious no-no's are high-sugar/fat foods such as desserts and soda pop. On the positive side, diabetics can eat a wide variety of low-fat, high-protein foods and plenty of fresh veggies and fruit.
At Texan Family Clinic, Dr. Dan Hoyumpa checks for diabetes and other chronic health problems with annual physicals. We offer in-house lab work for your convenience. Call the office in San Antonio, TX, today if it's time for your routine check-up or if you have any other concerns or questions at (210) 562-3125.