Would you like to learn more about asthma from 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison, NJ?
Asthma is a condition that narrows and causes swelling of airways. People's bodies produce extra mucus, which makes breathing difficult, triggers coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
Here are some FAQ's about asthma:
What causes asthma?
The cause isn't clear but it's probably due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Asthma can't be cured but controlled because it changes over time, so make sure you work with your doctor to track symptoms and adjust treatment as needed.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
Asthma symptoms vary from person to another. Here are common some signs and symptoms:
- Infrequent asthma attacks like while you're exercising
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness or pain
- Trouble sleeping because of excessive coughing
- A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling, especially in children
- Coughing or wheezing attacks worsened by a respiratory virus
When should you see your children's doctor in Edison?
Severe asthma attacks are life-threatening and if you need to work with your doctor to determine the specific symptoms that indicate your child's asthma is worsening. For example, if there's increased shortness of breath or wheezing; no improvement after using a quick-relief inhaler; or there's shortness of breath when doing minimal physical activity.
What are asthma triggers?
Exposure to certain irritants and varies from person to person. Triggers include airborne substances, like pollen and dust mites; respiratory infections, like a common cold; physical activity (exercise); cold air; air pollutants, like smoke; certain medications, like beta blockers; stress; sulfites and preservatives added to some types of foods and beverages; and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
How do you prevent asthma?
As mentioned before, there is no cure but here are some ways to help improve and control symptoms:
- Follow your the custom asthma action plan you set with your children's doctor.
- Get vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia.
- Identify and avoid asthma triggers.
- Monitor breathing.
- Identify and treat attacks early.
- Take your medication as prescribed, and pay attention to increased quick-relief inhaler use.
Want to speak with a doctor?
If you'd like to speak with your children's doctor in Edison, NJ, then don't hesitate to contact 7 Days Pediatrics at (732) 548-3210 today!