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Asthma

Peds 4 Kids

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine located in Rego Park, NY

Wheezing and coughing are common signs of asthma, but with the right care from Peds 4 Kids, your child can breathe easier. Board certified in pediatric and adolescent medicine, Daniela Atanassova-Lineva, MD, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for asthma along with allergies, which often trigger asthma attacks. Asthma doesn’t need to hold your child back. Call today or book a consultation online with the practice in Rego Park, New York.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is the most common chronic lung condition in young kids, affecting an estimated 6 million children in the United States. Without the right diagnosis and treatment, asthma can result in missed school days and trips to the emergency room.

A lung condition, asthma infects and constricts the airways that carry air to the lungs. Asthma makes these airways:

  • Inflamed
  • Sensitive
  • Swollen
  • Frequently filled with mucus

The condition also causes the muscles surrounding the airways to constrict, making it hard for your child to breathe.

While asthma typically starts in childhood, the condition affects people of all ages. Even though there’s no cure for asthma, proper treatment at Peds 4 Kids can help your child enjoy a healthy, active life.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma symptoms vary, ranging from mild breathing issues to major flare-ups. Common symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Fast breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

With asthma, your child also may experience frequent colds that settle in his or her chest.

How is asthma diagnosed?

Asthma diagnosis begins with a thorough medical exam. Dr. Atanassova-Lineva also may administer a test to measure airflow in and out of your child’s lungs.

Because asthma tends to run in families, she asks about your family medical history, including if there’s a history of asthma or allergies. Allergies are related to and may trigger asthma attacks. Dr. Atanassova-Lineva asks whether certain conditions seem to trigger your child’s asthma symptoms.

Dr. Atanassova-Lineva may recommend allergy tests at Peds 4 Kids, which offers allergy testing and treatment on site for your convenience.

How is asthma treated?

Dr. Atanassova-Lineva partners with you to create a treatment plan for your child. Together, you discuss the right medicine, or combination of medicines, to manage your child’s asthma. Generally, this includes a combination of:

  • Quick-relief: short-term, inhaled medications to treat coughing, wheezing, and other symptoms
  • Long-term: medications to control airway inflammation and prevent asthma attacks

Medications are usually administered via an inhaler or nebulizer. If your child’s asthma is allergy-related, Dr. Atanassova-Lineva also recommends an allergy treatment plan to help your child enjoy a full, active life free of asthma attacks.

Find out how Peds 4 Kids can help your child by calling today or booking a consultation online.