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Asthma

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Asthma

Virginia Pediatric Group
Asthma in Fairfax, VA, Great Falls, VA, Aldie, VA & Herndon, VA


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 10% of children (about 6.8 million) in the United States have asthma. Virginia Pediatric Group offers diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing management for childhood asthma in Fairfax, Herndon, Great Falls, and Aldie, Virginia. For asthma support for you and your child, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma? 

Asthma is a common respiratory condition that causes difficulty breathing. When your child inhales an irritant or allergen of some kind, their airways swell, constrict, and prevent air from passing to the lungs. As their airways constrict, they may make a high-pitched wheezing sound. 

An asthma flare, or asthma attack, is often triggered by exercise, exposure to a virus, environmental, food, or other allergies. 

Other common triggers include:

  • Stress 
  • Fear
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Second-hand smoke
  • Increased physical activity 
  • Mold or mildew
  • Strong smells 
  • High or extremely low humidity 

An essential part of treating your child's asthma is identifying their unique triggers and making a plan to avoid them and prevent asthma attacks. Your pediatric team at Virginia Pediatric Group supports you every step of the way. 

What are the symptoms of asthma?

When your child has asthma, they may have a sudden onset of: 

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing and gasping 
  • Frequent coughing, especially at night

Symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening and can vary in intensity. Children with asthma may be more susceptible to chest colds and respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia. 

An asthma attack can be a frightening experience for both you and your child. The Virginia Pediatric Group team wants to ensure you have the support you need to avoid flare-ups and manage asthma throughout childhood. 

What are the treatments for asthma?

Because asthma doesn't have a cure, a quality treatment plan involves expert evaluation, close monitoring, knowledgeable management, and family support. Initially, your child's treatment plan includes identifying their allergies and triggers. 

Your provider works with you to develop a personalized plan of care that may include:

  • Allergy testing
  • Trigger avoidance
  • A specialized diet
  • Oral medications
  • Daily and rescue inhalers
  • In-office or at-home nebulizer treatments

Well-child visits and early intervention when your child has a cold, flu, or other respiratory infection can help prevent asthma attacks. If your child wants to play sports or dramatically increase their physical activity, you and your provider should develop a plan that keeps them safe while they play. 

For ongoing support and long-term management of your child's asthma, call Virginia Pediatric Group or schedule an appointment online today. 

 

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