Asthma is a long term lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. It affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. In the United States, more than 25 million people are known to have asthma. About 7 million of these people are children.
Patients with asthma typically have swollen and inflamed airways that are more sensitive to certain things we are exposed to daily such as pet dander, dust, allergens, etc. These are called triggers. When someone breathes in a trigger the airways produce extra mucus and cause more swelling. This narrows the airways and can cause an asthma attack. The best way to avoid an attack is by avoiding triggers.
If your child has asthma, consult with your physician and take prescribed medications as directed. If you are interested in learning more about Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Clinic, please click here.