Pulmonary Consultations And Asthma Care

Pulmonary Consultations And Asthma Care Specialist
When your child has difficulty breathing or starts to wheeze, it can be scary. At Carnegie Hill Pediatrics, the physicians understand the challenges surrounding asthma and offer both asthma treatments and pulmonary consultations. Located on the Upper East Side of New York City, these pediatricians can evaluate your child’s breathing issues and help to find a solution. Contact the office today to schedule an appointment.

Pulmonary Consultations and Asthma Care Q & A

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What is a pulmonary consultation?

A pulmonary consultation is when a doctor evaluates your child’s respiratory and lung function. During the consultation, your pediatrician gives your child a physical examination, which includes:

  • Listening to breathing
  • Watching chest movements
  • Observing respiratory rates
  • Inspecting hands for cyanosis or clubbing

Throughout your exam, your doctor may ask questions about:

  • Family history
  • Exposure to toxins, including secondhand smoke
  • Exposure to infectious agents
  • Predisposition to an autoimmune disorder

Through this consultation, your pediatrician can determine if your child is suffering from a pulmonary condition like asthma.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that occurs when airways become inflamed, causing them to narrow and swell. They may also produce more mucus than normal. When this happens, it becomes hard to breathe, and your child may cough or wheeze.

Asthma can be mild or severe, and its symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Whistling or wheezing

When left untreated, asthma symptoms can escalate and lead to an asthma attack, which can be life threatening and may require emergency medical care. It’s an asthma emergency if:

  • Your child’s symptoms rapidly get worse
  • Symptoms don’t improve with a quick-relief inhaler
  • There’s shortness of breath with minimal activity

Are there different types of asthma?

There are different types of asthma. Exercise-induced asthma causes breathing difficulties with physical activity, especially in cold, dry air.

Occupational asthma isn't often seen in children, but occurs when asthma symptoms are triggered by workplace toxins, like fumes or dust.

Allergy-induced asthma is caused by airborne allergens. These include:

  • Pollen
  • Mold spores
  • Cockroach waste
  • Pet dander
  • Cigarette smoke

How is asthma treated?

Asthma is a chronic condition, and although its symptoms are treatable, it's incurable. In some cases, children may outgrow it. Depending on the severity of your child’s symptoms, your pediatrician at Carnegie Hill Pediatrics may recommend medication for the prevention and long-term control of asthma symptoms.

Your pediatrician may recommend a daily medication that reduces inflammation in the airways. This could be an inhaled corticosteroid or other medication that may lower the frequency and severity of asthma symptoms.

Your pediatrician may also suggest a quick-relief inhaler, sometimes called a rescue inhaler, for times when your child’s asthma symptoms flare up. Called bronchodilators, these medications act fast to open airways and make breathing easier.

If your child has trouble breathing due to asthma or other pulmonary issues, contact Carnegie Hill Pediatrics to find help. Call the office to schedule your appointment or book online today.

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