Childhood asthma impacts millions of children. The majority of children who develop asthma do so before the age of five. This asthma can be a troubling asthma for many families. Children have smaller airways than adults resulting in especially serious asthma symptoms. Children with asthma may experience wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing, especially early in the morning or at night. When asthma symptoms become worse than usual, or uncontrolled, it is called an asthma attack.
There is no cure for asthma, but once the triggers are properly diagnosed and a treatment plan is in place you will be able to manage your condition, and your quality of life will improve. Triggers that can initiate an asthma attack include allergens such as pollen, dust, animal dander, drugs and food additives, as well as viral respiratory infections and physical exertion.
People with a family history of allergies or asthma are more prone to developing asthma. Many asthma sufferers also have allergies. This is called allergic asthma. By doing allergy testing, Kenneth Pinna, MD can further develop an expanded treatment plan.