Asthma Treatment in Woburn, MA
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that makes it difficult for air to properly travel through lungs. Asthma can start at any age, and nearly 7 million children are diagnosed with it. While there is no cure for asthma, with proper management, people living with asthma can live completely normal and healthy lives. The highly trained pediatricians at Woburn & North Andover Pediatric Associates have extensive experience diagnosing and treating children for asthma. If you suspect your child may have asthma, call to request an appointment at our pediatric office in Woburn or North Andover today!
The Causes of Asthma
The swollen airways in the lungs become sensitive to certain triggers, and when those triggers enter the body, those airways create extra mucus making it difficult to breathe which leads to asthma attacks, complications and sometimes death. The key is to understand the triggers that cause asthma. Sometimes, you may not even know you have it until you are exposed to those triggers. This means the environment you live in can be both a risk for developing and a cause for worsening of asthma. Additionally, genetics is a risk factor for asthma.
Symptoms of Asthma
You may be wondering if your child has asthma, but unsure if it is something else. If your child experiences any of the below symptoms either sporadically or chronically, they may have asthma:
- Tight feeling in the chest
- Shortness of breath
However, it’s very possible a variety of other conditions are causing these symptoms, such as different allergies. Consult with your pediatrician about whether or not your child has asthma.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Asthma
If you think your child is experiencing symptoms of asthma, contact your pediatrician to schedule an appointment. Your doctor may recommend specific testing of your child’s lungs or may conduct a trial of an asthma medication. We want all of our patients to be able to fully participate in all of their activities and to be able to breathe as easily as possible!