Asthma and Allergies can cause significant respiratory and other health issues in children. As a top pediatric practice in Florida, Sunshine Pediatrics of Florida offers children in and around the Lutz, Land O Lakes, Tampa, Trinity, New Port Richey and vicinity of Pasco and Hillsborough County, FL area, with custom solutions for Asthma and Allergies to relieve symptoms and provide immediate and long-term relief.
Asthma and Allergies Q & A
Sunshine Pediatrics of Florida
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease that causes the airways to become inflamed, irritated and constricted, making it difficult to breathe and causing problems like wheezing and coughing. In turn, increased irritation causes excess production of mucus, exacerbating breathing difficulties. Asthma can be triggered by different irritants, including pet dander, dust, and pollen, and they can also be brought on by exercises and extreme changes in temperature.
How is Asthma treated?
Some mild forms of asthma can be treated by avoiding events that cause symptoms to occur. Being physically active is also important for improving lung strength and function. When asthma is more severe, breathing devices include manual handheld inhalers or nebulizers powered by electricity, both of which use special delivery methods to enable medicine to reach the airways where it can be most effective. Special extenders are available for pediatric patients to position the device and ensure the medicine reaches the target area in the throat.
Why does my child have allergies?
Allergies occur when the body’s immune system overreacts to a stimulus like dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander or certain foods or medications. They can cause a wide array of symptoms, including skin symptoms like hives and rashes, breathing difficulties, sneezing and gastrointestinal side effects. Some severe allergic reactions can be life-threatening.
How are allergies treated?
Treatment of an allergy begins by determining the trigger that is causing the allergic reaction. In some cases, the cause can be fairly obvious but sometimes allergy testing is needed. There are different methods of performing allergy testing based on the needs and symptoms of the child. Once the trigger has been identified, oral medications, topical medications or allergy shots may be used to relieve symptoms or reduce the reaction. Each treatment will be carefully customized to the needs of the child. Patients with very severe reactions may need to carry a special self-injecting device to prevent anaphylactic shock.