Asthma

Northlake Children's Associates, P.A.

Pediatric Care & Pediatricians located in Mooresville, NC

Around 6 million American children live with asthma — a chronic condition that causes inflammation in the lungs and airways. At Northlake Children’s Associates, PA, in Mooresville, North Carolina, Mary-Margaret James, MD, and Majé Goodwin, MD, provide expert diagnosis and customized treatments for asthma to help your child breathe easier. Call or make an appointment online today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a common chronic condition that causes inflammation in the bronchial tubes of the lungs, narrowing the space available for air to flow in and out of your lungs. If your child has asthma, you may notice symptoms that include:

  • Wheezing or whistling sounds when they breathe
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing

 

Your child may also complain about a tight feeling in their chest. They may also experience an asthma attack when sudden inflammation in their lungs makes it difficult to breathe.

What causes asthma?

Doctors and medical researchers don’t know the exact causes of asthma. However, genetics play a role, as your child’s chances of developing asthma are higher if you or another close family member has the condition.

Allergies may also cause asthma. People with allergies have a higher chance of also having asthma. Severe respiratory infections during infancy and early childhood may also contribute to your risk of asthma. Similarly, living in an environment with excessive amounts of airborne irritants can increase your child’s risk of asthma.

How is asthma diagnosed?

If you think your child has asthma, make an appointment at Northlake Children’s Associates for diagnosis. The pediatricians provide a comprehensive exam and testing to diagnose asthma. They listen to your child’s lungs to identify any tell-tale wheezing or rattling and will ask about the child’s personal and family medical history.

How is asthma treated?

While there’s no cure for asthma, you can control the condition with medication and lifestyle changes. The pediatricians at Northlake Children’s Associates offer customized treatments to control asthma and help your child lead a healthy and active life.

They usually offer a combination of treatment, including medication and lifestyle modifications. Asthma medication is generally delivered directly to the lungs through an inhaler and is formulated to reduce inflammation to open the airways. Your doctor may also recommend strategies to reduce your child’s exposure to known asthma triggers.

If you’re concerned about your child and asthma, call or make an appointment online today.