Asthma Specialist

Fairmont Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in La Porte, TX & Pasadena, TX

When your child has asthma or other breathing problems, it can be frightening and difficult for both of you. Jilly Vidyasagaran, MD, of Fairmont Pediatrics offers ongoing support for both you and your child from her offices in La Porte and Pasadena, Texas. If your child has asthma symptoms and needs ongoing care, call one of the offices or schedule an appointment online today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma? 

Asthma is a chronic illness that affects about one in 11 children in the United States. Asthma causes your child’s airways to swell and produce extra mucus which prevents them from breathing effectively. 

Symptoms may present suddenly or gradually worsen over time, causing an asthma attack, also called a flare-up. When this happens, breathing may be difficult, and they may have difficulty getting enough oxygen. 

Asthma can be frightening for both you and your child, and can significantly impact how they live and play. With proper, ongoing care, however, your child can live a full and healthy life, even with asthma. 

What are the symptoms of asthma?

If your child is having an asthma attack, they may experience: 

  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest tightness
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Wheezing (a high-pitched noise with each breath)

Asthma symptoms vary from child to child and range from mild to severe, depending on their specific triggers. 

What are common asthma triggers?

Your child’s asthma triggers are specific to them. As part of their long-term treatment plan, identifying what causes their symptoms goes a long way in avoiding asthma flare-ups. 

Common asthma triggers include:

  • Pollen, mold, and dust mites
  • Irritants in the air
  • Pet dander
  • Extreme temperature or humidity
  • Exercise 
  • Second-hand smoke

If your child has allergies, gastric reflux, or a respiratory infection, they may be more prone to an asthma attack. 

What are the treatment options for asthma? 

Asthma is a chronic illness that does not have a cure. However, with proper care, they can manage their symptoms and prevent flare-ups. Your child’s symptoms may improve as they get older, or they may have asthma into adulthood. 

For both children and adults who have asthma, preventing exposure to their triggers is key to treatment. Treatments that help to prevent and treat asthma symptoms also include:

  • Allergy testing
  • Inhaler medications
  • Nebulizer treatments
  • Oral medications 

Dr. Vidyasagaran works closely with you to accurately diagnose and treat your child’s asthma and to give you the support you need to prevent asthma attacks before they start.  

If your child has asthma symptoms, call or schedule an appointment online with Fairmont Pediatrics today.