How to Stay Active Despite Asthma

Sudden episodes when your child is gasping for breath are absolutely frightening. If you’ve ever struggled to breathe, you know how paralyzing this can feel. No wonder sudden breathing troubles with asthma are called “asthma attacks.” 

Asthma causes the airways to become swollen and filled with mucus. As a result, the sufferer wheezes and struggles to take in enough air. It feels as if a full, deep breath is impossible. 

Not only is an attack troublesome, but worrying about sudden attacks can be absolutely debilitating, robbing your child of opportunities and experiences out of fear. 

The experienced medical team here at BridgeSpan Medicine in Purchase, New York, specializes in pediatric and adolescent medicine, including childhood asthma. We can help you and your child with treatments and preventive strategies to combat asthma. 

What you should know about asthma

Asthma is common among people in the United States, affecting 25 million — 7 million of whom are children and adolescents. Most asthma sufferers develop the condition after age 50. 

Fortunately, the chances are good that if your child develops asthma, they can grow out of it by the time they reach adulthood. 

A wide array of factors can trigger an asthma attack, and these should be taken seriously. Asthma attacks can be life-threatening. This is why our providers at BridgeSpan Medicine want to work with you and your child to help you learn more. 

What triggers an asthma attack?

For those who have asthma, it’s important to know what triggers an attack. Knowing your child’s unique triggers allows you to help them avoid certain substances, environments, or other situations. Common asthma triggers include:

Overt activity and environmental factors aren’t the only types of asthma triggers. Stress and strong feelings or emotions can also trigger an asthma attack in some people. 

How is asthma treated? 

We can help you and your child with treatment and preventive strategies to manage your child’s asthma. With education and therapies, your child can live an active and enjoyable life without the constant fear of an asthma attack. 

Every child is different, as is every case of asthma. Your child’s treatment is tailored specifically to their life, health, and environment. To develop a customized respiratory care plan, your doctor learns more about your child’s asthma history, performs breathing tests, and prescribes other assessments to evaluate their level of sensitivity and other elements of their health. 

Treatment protocol may include elements such as: 

Asthma can be a chronic condition, but as mentioned earlier, many children outgrow it before reaching adulthood. Until then, your child can learn proper monitoring and behaviors to minimize episodes and treat attacks when they do occur. 

Our goal at BridgeSpan Medicine is to help your child live their best life, even with asthma. To find out more, please call our office at 914-698-5544 to schedule an asthma consultation, or book an appointment online today.

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