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How do you treat asthma in children?

How do you treat asthma in children?

Reliever/controller: There are two types of asthma meds. Relievers. That are quick acting bronchodilators designed to "open up" the airways, and controllers. That attack the underlying cause of asthma: chronic inflammation. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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Could an itchy neck be a symptom of asthma in children?

Could an itchy neck be a symptom of asthma in children?

Not likely: It could mean an allergy to something and allergies and asthma are often associated with each other, but directly related to asthma- unlikely. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of asthma in children?

What are the common symptoms of asthma in children?

Cough, wheeze, SOB: Coughing is the most common symptom of asthma especially if cough occurs with exercise or laughing. Colds that routinely go to the chest are very common in patients with asthma. Wheezing and shortness of breath may also occur with colds or exercise, but cough is the most common symptom. ...Read more

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What causes asthma to occur in children?

What causes asthma to occur in children?

Genetics/external fr: There is ample evidence that true asthma is genetically linked to the issues of allergy & eczema & frequency is higher when one or both parents are affected. Lower respiratory tract viruses often trigger both infectious wheezing & that of true asthma early on with infectious wheezing subsiding after 3-4y. Allergies often co-exist but less than 5% of events are allergy driven alone. ...Read more

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Any new latest findings in treatment for asthma exacerbation in children?

Any new latest findings in treatment for asthma exacerbation in children?

No: Nothing new for many years now. Singulair (montelukast) is probably the newest good thing and it is not for exacerbations, but for maintenance. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for asthma in children?

Is there a cure for asthma in children?

Can be controlled !: There are over 20 million americans tha have asthma and is is now common in children. As asthma is a chronic disease it is not curable in a sense but it can be very well controlled, with kids leading normal active lives. There are many olympian champions who have been asthmatics. It is important to understand what asthma is and the triggers in the environment as well as genetics and allergies. ...Read more

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Can you get rid of asthma completely?

Can you get rid of asthma completely?

Probably not: Because asthma has a genetic component to it, in most cases you can't get "rid" of or "outgrow" asthma, you can only control it. Remember, asthma is inflammation, and studies suggest that even when patients feel fine and have no asthma symptoms there is likely some underlying inflammation present in the airways at all times. Conditions that mimic asthma (like bronchitis) can resolve completely. ...Read more

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What are some medical risks associated with asthma in children?

What are some medical risks associated with asthma in children?

Not breathing: Asthma is still a cause of death and that is the biggest risk. However it is avoidable when you keep it controlled with appropriate medications. Avoiding triggers, and (foods and environmental triggers) to the best of your ability . Understanding how and when to begin meds is crucial. People with asthma can also be more susceptible to pneumonia and bronchitis. ...Read more

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How common is asthma in children?

How common is asthma in children?

Mgt: It is quite common and an estimated 1/7 children has had a history of recurrent wheezing. There are many presentations of this diverse disease which result in different patterns of presentation and course. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available. A virtual appointment is available online. ...Read more

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How do you treat asthma in children?

Reliever/controller: There are two types of asthma meds. Relievers. That are quick acting bronchodilators designed to "open up" the airways, and controllers. That attack the underlying cause of asthma: chronic inflammation. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Asthma (Child) (Definition)

A disorder that presents with wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. It is caused by airways of the lungs swelling and narrowing. ...Read more