If your child has difficulty breathing, especially during exercise, asthma could be the culprit. Skilled pediatrician Samuel Addo, MD, PhD, at Samuel Boi Addo MD PC in Hamilton, New Jersey, diagnoses and treats asthma in children of all ages to help them breathe easier. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or book one online.request an appointment
Asthma is a common chronic condition that occurs when people struggle to get a full breath of air due to narrowed airways or thick mucus that makes breathing difficult.
While minor cases of asthma might not bother your child, severe causes of asthma can be crippling, even life-threatening in some cases. Treatment at Samuel Boi Addo MD PC allows your child to get a full breath of air and achieve the best quality of life possible.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
The common symptoms of asthma include:
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Problems sleeping
- Ongoing coughs
Asthma symptoms often get worse with exercise and exposure to smoke or fumes and cold or dry air. Complications that sometimes develop with untreated asthma include decreased sports performance and life-threatening shortness of breath.
What are the risk factors for asthma?
Asthma can happen to anyone, but some things increase your child’s risk of developing it. Examples include a family history of asthma, smoking, obesity, and exposure to chemical irritants and air pollution.
Your child’s risk of developing asthma is usually higher if they have allergies to mold spores, pollen, pet dander, or other common allergens.
How does my doctor diagnose asthma?
To find out if your child has asthma or other breathing problems, Dr. Addo discusses their symptoms and medical history with you. He completes a physical exam and could suggest blood, allergy, and lung-function tests.
During lung-function testing, your child takes deep breaths of air through a specialized device before and after using an inhaler.
What are the common asthma treatments?
The common treatments for asthma include:
Breathing through an inhaler as needed is one of the most common treatments for asthma. Your child might need an inhaler to get a full breath of air during and after physical activity.
If your child has allergies, treating them can sometimes reduce asthma symptoms. Dr. Addo might suggest taking oral allergy medications, using nasal sprays, or receiving allergy shots.
If your child struggles with breathing problems brought on by asthma, call the practice, Samuel Boi Addo MD PC, today or schedule an appointment online.