Pediatric Asthma Doctor Questions and Answers
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Children are diagnosed with asthma more often than any other chronic pediatric disease. At Piniella Asthma and Allergy Center, we provide exceptional support and care for children with asthma. Our goal is to help families manage pediatric asthma symptoms, so their children can lead a full and healthy life. If your child often becomes short of breath while playing with friends, or experiences a tightening sensation in their chest, it may be time to make an appointment with an experienced asthma doctor who can identify whether asthma is the cause.
How do You Test for Asthma?
An asthma diagnosis can often be difficult to determine. It takes an experienced asthma doctor who understands the complexity of asthma cases to know whether your child’s symptoms indicate asthma as the primary cause. Many other conditions including respiratory infections and sinusitis can mimic the symptoms of asthma, so it is important to share all of your child’s symptoms with your doctor, as well as to be honest with them about their frequency. A spirometry lung function test or exhaled nitric oxide test may be used to measure the strength and capacity of your child’s lungs. However, these tests cannot be performed on children under the age of 5.
What Types of Medication can be Used to Control my Child’s Asthma?
Asthma inhalers and oral medications can be used to help manage your child’s asthma symptoms. These medications work by reducing inflammation in your child’s airways in order to help them breathe more easily. Daily medications may include combination inhalers, immunomodulatory agents, leukotriene modifiers, and inhaled corticosteroids. Depending on the severity of your child’s symptoms, your doctor may prescribe a combination of medications. Learning to use an inhaler effectively can require some patience and practice. At Piniella Asthma and Allergy Center, your asthma doctor can help you and your child understand how to use this important device properly.
Will my Child Outgrow Their Asthma?
Unfortunately, the majority of children who demonstrate asthma symptoms from a young age will never completely leave them behind. However, more than half of children diagnosed with pediatric asthma will achieve a decrease in their asthma symptoms as they age. Proper management of their symptoms can help your child enjoy a normal life filled with activities with friends. For children with allergic asthma caused by specific allergens, testing and treatment for the underlying condition can provide significant relief from asthma symptoms.
Why should I choose Piniella Asthma and Allergy Center?
At Piniella Asthma and Allergy Center, your child will receive the best asthma care. Dr. Carlos J. Piniella is a Fellow of the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology and a member of the American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology. In addition, Dr. Piniella serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and has been on the teaching faculty at Barry University. His pioneering of the morbidity directed asthma program has provided consistent quality of life improvement for the children he treats. His approach to healthcare is hands-on and built on personalized attention that is unsurpassed elsewhere. His asthma treatment program helps to provide effective management techniques to children and their families in order to reduce severe symptoms and help children avoid hospitalizations and missed days at school.
If you are looking for an experienced asthma doctor who can help your child with their asthma, contact Piniella Asthma and Allergy Center!