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!