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:
Throughout your exam, your doctor may ask questions about:
Through this consultation, your pediatrician can determine if your child is suffering from a pulmonary condition like 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:
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:
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:
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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