Asthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of airways and restricts airflow, making it difficult to breathe. At the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia, our board-certified immunologists specialize in treating chronic lung conditions such as childhood asthma, and work closely with parents to devise personal care plans for children who suffer from this condition.
Signs & Symptoms of Childhood Asthma
Symptoms of childhood asthma may surface after an upper respiratory infection, such as bronchitis, or when triggered by certain allergens. Often, asthma symptoms differ among children, so speaking with a board-certified allergist at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia in Metro Atlanta is crucial to identifying causes of the attack.
Children experiencing asthma attacks often display symptoms of traditional asthma, such as:
- Recurrent coughing
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
Childhood asthma can cause attacks at any time, and often limits the activities which children may otherwise enjoy, such as playing outdoors. When asthma attacks occur at night, children often sleep less and may seem tired and irritable.
Childhood Asthma Diagnosis & Treatment in Metro Atlanta
At the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia, our board-certified allergists work closely with parents and children to diagnose childhood asthma. Our Atlanta allergy doctors perform an initial exam in which they review the child’s medical history and past asthma symptoms. Breathing through a ‘peak flow meter’ aids in determining the strength of the child’s lungs. Since childhood asthma is often difficult to diagnose, our highly-experienced doctors may also recommend allergy tests, chest X-rays, eosinophil counts, or lung function tests.
Childhood asthma is typically treated with the use of prescription medications. Our board-certified physicians may prescribe long-term control medications, such as inhaled steroids, leukotriene inhibitors, or long-acting bronchodilators – commonly used with inhaled steroids. Rescue inhalers may also be prescribed to quickly reduce symptoms during a sudden asthma attack.
During this evaluation, our board-certified allergists will also speak to parents about eliminating asthma triggers – such as cigarette smoke, dust, and pets – from the home to reduce the likelihood of sudden asthma attacks.
Visit a Board-Certified Allergist in Atlanta, Georgia
Childhood asthma severely diminishes a child’s quality of life, and often prevents children from enjoying regular activities such as playing outside. At the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia, our board-certified specialists are highly trained to treat chronic conditions like childhood asthma. Our offices practice a no-wait appointment policy, ensuring that you and your child receive the quick care you require.
Schedule an appointment at one of our Metro Atlanta offices via telephone at (770) 459-0620 or online via our patient contact form. Our offices are located conveniently throughout the metro Atlanta area, including the communities of Carrollton, Villa Rica, Newnan, Smyrna/Vinings, Hiram, Peachtree City/Fayetteville, Acworth/Kennesaw, and Douglasville.