Allergies often start to appear in childhood, and childhood asthma is a health condition that needs medical management. Contact David Dimitroff, MD, at Noah's Ark Pediatrics for full pediatric asthma and allergy detection, management, and support. The full-service pediatric practice is conveniently located in Valparaiso, Indiana. Call or go online to schedule an appointment today.
Allergies and asthma are two issues that can affect your child’s breathing.
Allergies are an immune system response to an allergenic trigger. Common allergens include pollen, pet dander, mold, and foods like peanuts or shellfish.
If your child is exposed to their allergy triggers, their body reacts. Allergy attacks in kids often appear with symptoms like sneezing, coughing, a runny or stuffy nose, and itchy or red eyes, just as they do in adults.
Asthma occurs when irritation or inflammation causes the bronchial tubes that carry air to your child’s lungs to swell and become constricted.
This chronic lung condition affects about 10% of children in the United States. Exercise, breathing cold air, and emotional stress can all trigger asthma attacks.
Asthma symptoms can include wheezing, noisy breathing, shortness of breath, coughing, and a feeling of tightness in your child’s chest.
While asthma and allergies are separate conditions, the two problems can be connected in children. Exposure to allergens can even cause childhood asthma to flare up.
To keep your child comfortable and free of asthma or allergy problems, you need expert pediatric support. Dr. Dimitroff can diagnose your child’s condition and recommend a management plan that will work for you.
At Noah’s Ark Pediatrics, our team uses diagnostic tools like allergen skin tests and spirometry exams to learn more about your child’s condition and triggers. Our in-house lab services add to the convenience and speed of getting back diagnostic test results.
Your child’s asthma or allergy management plan may involve instructions for avoiding triggers. Your child may also need to use medications like an inhaler to manage symptoms of asthma attacks when they occur.
Regular appointments at Noah’s Ark Pediatrics also help keep your child healthy. Dr. Dimitroff checks in with you and your child to ensure asthma or allergy symptoms aren’t causing too much of an issue in your day-to-day life and adjusts your child’s treatment plan as needed while they grow and develop.
For the experienced, knowledgeable support that you and your child need to deal with childhood allergies and asthma, contact Dr. Dimitroff and the team at Noah’s Ark Pediatrics today. You can schedule your initial consultation appointment online or over the phone now.