Asthma | Diagnosis and Treatment

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How is asthma diagnosed?

If your child is exhibiting signs of asthma, such as wheezing, coughing or shortness of breath, it's important to visit your primary-care provider. Your doctor will request a complete medical history, evaluate the symptoms and conduct a physical exam. There are also several tests that may be performed, including spirometry, a test that estimates the narrowing of the bronchial tubes by measuring the amount of air the lungs can hold and the speed of your child's ability to inhale or exhale.

What are the treatment options for asthma?

The goals of each child's treatment program is to prevent asthma attacks, prevent emergency room visits and to maximize peace of mind. Your child will be prescribed medications to:

  • help control the asthma 
  • improve breathing
  • relieve symptoms
  • get back to regular activities  

Although the is no cure for asthma, there are many treatments available. For the most part, it can be controlled and managed with proper use of medication and, when possible, avoiding triggers. Children with asthma can to do everything their friends can do, including playing sports at any level, when their asthma is well controlled.

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