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Asthma Specialist

The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain

Pediatricians located in Stone Mountain, GA

Did you know that an estimated 8.3% of American children have asthma? For those in and around Stone Mountain, Georgia, excellent treatment is available from the team at The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain. Asthma is not curable, but treatment can help your child live an active and healthy life. Schedule an appointment online today to get started, or call to check appointment availability.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that makes it difficult to breathe. A narrowing of the airways characterizes the condition, which reduces the space available to move air into and out of the lungs.

There are three main features of asthma, whether in adults or children. Airway obstruction is when you feel as though you can’t get enough air into your lungs. Inflammation is swelling in your airways. Airway irritability causes your airways to overreact when exposed to triggers.  

This disease affects nearly 25 million Americans, many of whom first develop symptoms as children. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, asthma causes kids between the ages of 5-17 to miss a combined 13.8 million days of school each year.

What causes asthma?

There is no clear cause of asthma, although researchers believe the condition occurs when your child’s immune system overreacts to an environmental allergen that doesn’t bother people without asthma. 

It appears there’s also a genetic link. If you have a close relative who has asthma, your children have a higher likelihood of developing the disease. Researchers also suspect that early exposure to environmental allergens can alter your child’s immune system and lead to asthma. 

What are the symptoms of asthma in children?

Knowing what to keep an eye out for helps parents know when to seek medical care for their children. The following are some of the more common symptoms of childhood asthma.

  • Frequent coughing spells that occur at night, during play, or when laughing
  • Whistling sounds when breathing in or out
  • Complaints of chest pain or tightness
  • Lack of energy during play
  • Visible chest motions during labored breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness or fatigue

Some kids experience symptoms only during bouts of physical activity. Others only have trouble when exposed to triggers like smoke, pollen, or pet dander. It’s possible for symptoms to arise after a sudden weather change or only when your child has a cold. The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain evaluates your child’s symptoms and triggers to develop the best treatment plan available for their needs.

Can medication help manage my child’s asthma?

Treatment from The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain focuses on reducing your child’s symptoms and preventing or stopping asthma attacks. Medication can help in that process. There are long term options that reduce symptoms when taken on a daily basis. Inhaled corticosteroids can also help by reducing inflammation. 

Quick-relief medications are also an option and work to reduce symptoms during an asthma attack. There are oral, inhaled, and intravenous drug options, and your pediatrician can recommend the drug therapy approach best suited to your child’s needs. Follow-up visits ensure your child is on the best treatment path and allows for medication adjustments when needed. 

If you have questions about asthma screening or treatment, schedule an appointment today at The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain. Online scheduling takes just moments, or you can always call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.