Asthma Symptoms, Treatment, and Triggers

The Whole Child Pediatrics Offers
Asthma Management And Treatment

In the past year, we have had only one asthma patient admitted to the emergency room and no asthma patients admitted to the hospital. All of our asthma patients have an individualized asthma action plan. 

Nationwide, each year, there are 1.6 million pediatric asthma visits to the Emergency Room.


What Is Asthma?

Asthma Is A Chronic, Recurrent Illness That Includes The Following:

  • Wheezing Recurrently

  • Coughing

  • Chest Tightness

  • Shortness Of Breath

  • Exercise Related Cough, Shortness of Breath Or Chest Tightness, Difficulty Breathing

  • Inflammation And Tightness Of Airways

    Asthma Triggers Include:

  • Cold Viruses

  • Influenza

  • Environmental Allergies Such As Dust Mites, Pollen, Mold, Ragweed

  • Irritants Such As Hair Spray, Tobacco Smoke, Smog

  • Exercise (Generally In Older Children)

  • Extreme Stress

    Diagnosis is Based Upon:

  • Patient's History, Symptoms And Recurrence Of Wheezing

  • Family History

  • Positive Response to A Bronchodilator, A Medicine That Opens Up Tight Airways

  • Special Testing IF Needed (Methacholine Challenge) By Allergist Or Lung Specialists

TWC Offers the Following Services Related to Asthma:

  • Diagnose Asthma Based Upon Evidence Based Guidelines

  • Provide Yearly Asthma Medication Visits

  • Counsel Patients And Families On Treatment And Prevention

  • Devise Asthma Treatment Plans For Each Individual Patient

  • Teach Patients Self-Management Techniques

  • Help Patients Manage Asthma To Prevent Acute Asthma Attacks

  • Help Patients Prevent Emergency Room Visits And Hospitalizations

  • Help Patients Control Their Asthma So They Can Fully Participate In Sports

  • Treat Acute Asthma Flare Ups

  • Provide And Encourage Yearly Influenza Vaccine For All Of Our Asthma Patients

  • Monitor Lung Function Tests Yearly (Age 7 Years And Up)

  • Teach Patients and Parents Proper Inhaler Techniques

  • Refer Patients To Specialists If Asthma Is Uncontrolled (Despite Our Interventions) OR If Patient Needs Allergy Testing