For some children, the effects of asthma can be a minor annoyance. For others, they can be a life-threatening emergency. Gloria Okoh, MD, and the rest of the skilled staff at Prospect Pediatrics, PA, in Belleville, New Jersey, have extensive experience in treating young patients who are suffering from asthma and allergic asthma. Call or book an appointment online today and get your child the relief that they deserve.
Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that causes persistent inflammation in the bronchial tubes. When something triggers asthma symptoms, the airways narrow, swell, and produce excessive mucus, which restricts that airflow in and out of the lungs. The severity of asthmatic symptoms can greatly vary from person to person.
Some of the symptoms that your child might experience during an asthma attack include:
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms at any severity, you should book a consultation with Dr. Okoh to discuss treatment options.
Depending on the person, a number of factors — including a respiratory infection (like the common cold), physical activity (exercise-induced asthma), cold air, strong emotions, and certain medications like beta blockers or aspirin — can trigger an asthma attack.
The most common form of asthma, however, is allergic asthma, or allergy-induced asthma. This is asthma that’s triggered when your child inhales certain allergens, eats certain foods that they’re allergic to, or when their skin comes into contact with an allergen.
Allergens are harmless substances such as pollen, mold, pet dander, or dust mites, that certain people’s immune systems mistakenly identify as harmful. When this happens, the immune system tries to protect the body by triggering it to release antibodies that bind to the allergen. The release of those antibodies produces allergy symptoms, like a runny nose or itchy eyes. For some people, this process can also induce an asthma attack.
There is no cure for asthma, but Dr. Okoh can prescribe a number of treatment options that can significantly reduce and stave off future asthma attacks, greatly improving your child’s quality of life.
Allergy-induced asthma, in particular, can be treated with:
The effects, severity, and triggers for asthma can change over time, so it’s important to have Dr. Okoh regularly track your child’s symptoms and update their treatment when needed.