Currently, 40% of children in America have allergies, and over 6 million children live with asthma. Clifford James III, MD, at Kids Central Pediatrics in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is highly experienced in caring for children with asthma and allergies. Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children and one of the top reasons for missed school days in America. However, if carefully managed, there’s no reason why your child shouldn’t enjoy a fun and active childhood. Dr. James provides comprehensive treatment to help lessen the symptoms. Find out how by making an appointment today online or over the phone.
Asthmatic symptoms vary by child, and they may change as they get older. The same child can also experience different symptoms depending on what triggered their attack. Allergies can aggravate these symptoms or even cause others to occur. However, there are common signs to look out for, including:
Other symptoms include a loss of voice, frequent sneezing, and coughing. Symptoms will of course vary, but it’s important to give your provider a full picture of the symptoms you’re experiencing so they can recommend the right treatment plan.
Allergies and asthma often go hand-in-hand because many of the same things that trigger allergies – pollen, pet hair, and dust – also cause asthmatic symptoms. Some skin and food allergies even directly cause asthma. This is known as allergic asthma
However, other things cause asthma, including infections, exercise, reflux, cold air, and stress. Many people have more than one trigger for their asthma.
Your pediatrician will run a series of allergy tests on your child to see what triggers their symptoms. They use a small instrument made up of lots of tiny needles, each carrying an allergen, which they use to pinprick your child’s arm painlessly. They’ll schedule a follow-up appointment after a few days, and if any of the pinpricks are red, it’s a sign that your child responds to that allergen.
Many people find they have periods during which their symptoms significantly reduce or even disappear altogether. There’s a common theory that asthma and allergies occur in seven-year cycles because people will often go for seven years with no episodes before having another seven years in which the symptoms are back with force.
Though you can never completely cure asthma or allergies, you can manage the symptoms through medication and being aware of what triggers your child’s attacks. Steroids, combined inhalers, and pills are all common methods of controlling asthma flare-ups by keeping children’s airways open. Allergy shots are also frequently used as they prevent both allergies and allergic asthma.
The team at Kids Central Pediatrics uses an evidence-based approach to find the best regimen for your child, so they can live as symptom-free as possible and continue to do all the things children love to do. Find out more by calling Kids Central Pediatrics today, or book an appointment online.