Asthma Treatment in Lake Bluff, IL
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that makes it difficult for air to pass through your lungs properly. It can start at any age and nearly 26 million Americans have asthma, 7 million of them being children. Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma. However, with proper management, people living with asthma can live completely normal and healthy lives without asthma.
The team of caring pediatricians at Lake Forest Pediatric Associates are all board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and have years of experience diagnosing and treating asthma in children of all ages. If your child is displaying symptoms of asthma, don’t wait to seek the opinion of a specialist. A pediatrician with Lake Forest Pediatric Associates may be able to help. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at (847) 295-1220 or request an appointment through our secure online form. With locations in Lake Bluff, Lindenhurst, and Vernon Hills, there is bound to be an office near you!
What Causes Asthma?
The swollen airways in the lungs become sensitive to certain triggers, and when those triggers enter the body, those airways create extra mucus making it difficult to breathe which leads to asthma attacks, complications, and sometimes death. The key is to understand the triggers that cause asthma. Sometimes, you may not even know you have it until you’re exposed to those triggers. This means the environment you live in is a huge cause and risk factor for asthma. Additionally, genetics is a risk factor for asthma.
What Are the Symptoms of Asthma?
You may be wondering if your child has asthma, but unsure if it’s something else. If any of these symptoms occur chronically or only around certain triggers, they may have asthma:
- Tight feeling in the chest
- Shortness of breath
However, it’s very possible a variety of other conditions are causing these symptoms, such as different allergies. Consult with your pediatrician about whether or not your child has asthma.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Asthma in Vernon Hills, IL
Your pediatrician will need to conduct tests to diagnose your child. First, they will ask about symptoms, medical history, experiences, etc. to get a good sense of whether asthma is a possibility. After that, the most common test is called a Spirometry, in which the pediatrician will use a device to measure the airflow of the lungs.
Typically, if your child has the above symptoms, has a parent with asthma, and also has allergies (including skin allergies), your pediatrician will conduct a lung functioning test. After that, usually, a trial period of asthma medication will be given, depending on the results, with a follow-up appointment to monitor the outcome.
Schedule an Appointment with Lake Forest Pediatric Associates
If your child is experiencing symptoms of asthma, the board-certified pediatricians at Lake Forest Pediatrics can help with diagnosis and treatment. Call 847-295-1220 today to schedule an appointment in Lake Bluff, Lindenhurst, or Vernon Hills. You can also request an appointment through our secure online form. Lake Forest Pediatric Associates are open 365 days a year – with medical professionals on call 24 hours a day – to provide the all-around care that your family deserves.