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Asthma Specialist

Lowcountry Pediatrics, PA

Pediatricians located in Crowfield Plantation, Goose Creek, SC

Over 8% of children have asthma in the United States. If difficulty breathing and wheezing diminishes your child’s quality of life, the team at Lowcountry Pediatrics, PA in Goose Creek, South Carolina, have solutions. Zoe Pogue, MD, and her experienced staff offer asthma and allergy treatments to help your child breathe easier. Schedule an appointment by phone or book online today.

Asthma

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that affects your child’s airways and breathing. The inside walls of the airways can get swollen and sore, making them narrower. 

Your child might have a difficult time breathing due to allergies or have exercise-induced asthma during physical activity. Simple treatments can offer them relief.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Some common signs and symptoms of asthma include:

  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing

Severe cases of asthma are dangerous or even life-threatening. That’s why seeking treatment at the first sign of asthma is essential.

What are the risk factors for asthma?

Asthma results from genetics, environmental factors, or both. Risk factors for developing it include:

  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Second-hand smoke exposure
  • Having a blood relative with asthma
  • Allergies
  • Exposure to pollution

Asthma might be worse during certain times of the year, when your child gets sick, during exercise, or in colder weather.

How is asthma diagnosed?

The team at Lowcountry Pediatrics, PA, can diagnose asthma using various lung function tests. They have your child breathe into special devices that determine how much air moves in and out of their lungs. 

Your pediatrician reviews your child’s symptoms and medical history, completes an exam, and might recommend allergy testing, X-rays, or other imaging tests to diagnose their condition.

How is asthma treated?

Your pediatrician offers effective asthma treatments that can improve your child’s breathing. These treatments may include:

Lifestyle changes

Make simple changes at home to ensure your child breathes in clean air. Keep your house clean and free from dust, mold, and pet dander. Change air filters in your home regularly and use a dehumidifier if you live in a damp climate.

Asthma medications

Your pediatrician can prescribe oral asthma medications or an inhaler for use when your child experiences breathing problems, such as during physical activity.

Allergy treatments

Treating your child’s allergies often helps reduce asthma symptoms. Lowcountry Pediatrics, PA, providers might suggest allergy shots, nasal sprays, or oral allergy medicines.

Don’t let your child suffer through asthma-related breathing problems when simple treatments are within reach at Lowcountry Pediatrics, PA. Call the office today or book an appointment online.