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Asthma Specialist

Bubbles Pediatrics, LLC

Pediatricians & General Pediatrics located in Hoffman Estates, IL

About 7% of children have asthma, a chronic respiratory condition that causes the lungs to swell and produce extra mucus. At Bubbles Pediatrics LLC, expert pediatrician Utsahi Patel, MD, specializes in the prevention and treatment of asthma. Using safe and effective treatments, she can relieve your child’s symptoms and help them breathe easier. To make an appointment for your child, call the office in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, or click the online booking feature today.

Asthma Q&A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes your child’s lungs to swell up and become irritated when exposed to certain triggers. Without intervention and treatment, asthma can interfere with your child’s quality of life, preventing them from spending time with friends, playing sports, or getting restful sleep. 

Though there’s no cure for asthma, a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, trigger avoidance, and prescription medication can reduce the frequency of flare-ups and prevent damage to your child’s lungs. 

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Symptoms of childhood asthma include:

  • Frequent coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Delayed recovery after a respiratory infection
  • Difficulty breathing that interferes with play or exercise

Your child might also experience fatigue, especially if their asthma keeps them up at night. 

When should I visit a pediatrician about asthma?

Make an appointment for your child at Bubbles Pediatrics LLC if you suspect they have asthma. That’s especially true if they regularly make statements like “my chest feels funny,” or “I’m always coughing.” The sooner they receive diagnosis and treatment, the less likely they will experience long-term complications. 

Who is at risk of asthma?

Children of all backgrounds experience asthma, but several factors may increase your child’s risk, including:

  • Exposure to tobacco smoke
  • Living in an area with lots of pollution
  • A family history of asthma or allergies
  • Underlying respiratory conditions like rhinitis

Your child is also more likely to experience asthma if they struggle to maintain a healthy weight.

How is asthma diagnosed?

To diagnose asthma, your child’s pediatrician reviews their medical history and asks about their symptoms, including their severity and if they’re worse during certain activities, like at recess or when playing sports. 

Next, your child’s provider orders several tests, including:

Spirometry

Spirometry is a noninvasive test that assesses your child’s lung function. During the test, the pediatrician has your child exhale into a medical device called a spirometer. The device measures how much air your child exhales and how quickly. 

Exhaled nitric oxide test

If spirometry isn’t enough to make a diagnosis, the pediatrician might recommend an exhaled nitric oxide test. This type of test helps your child’s provider determine if they might benefit from prescription corticosteroids. 

How is asthma treated?

Treatment of asthma depends on various factors, including your child’s age and the severity of their symptoms. Even so, the pediatricians at Bubbles Pediatrics LLC usually recommend a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, trigger avoidance, and prescription medication.

Some of the most common medications used to treat asthma include:

  • Inhaled corticosteroids
  • Leukotriene modifiers
  • Combination inhalers
  • Theophylline

Your child’s provider might also prescribe a quick-relief inhaler for emergency flare-ups and asthma attacks.

To schedule an asthma consultation for your child at Bubbles Pediatrics LLC, call the office or click the online booking feature today.