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Asthma Specialist

Smyrna Pediatrics

Pediatricians & Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner located in SMYRNA, TN

Did you know that approximately 6.2 million children under the age of 18 live with asthma? Left unmanaged, asthma can significantly impact the quality of your child’s life, causing them to wheeze and cough during recess or while playing sports. At Smyrna Pediatrics,Dr. Rachel Ricafort and our staff regularly works with their patients who have the diagnosis of asthma, and treats asthma conditions as well as diagnosing for asthma. If you’re concerned about your child’s respiratory health, make an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.

Asthma

What is asthma?

Asthma is a serious respiratory condition that causes your airways to swell, narrow, and produce excess mucus. Ultimately, this makes breathing difficult and increases your risk of an asthma attack, which triggers wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. 

Asthma affects everyone differently. For some people, it’s a minor nuisance. For others, it causes life-threatening side effects and interferes with daily activities such as walking the dog or playing sports. 

There’s no cure for asthma, but it’s possible to treat and manage. The symptoms of asthma usually evolve over time, so it’s important to monitor your child’s condition with a qualified pediatrician like Dr. Ricafort or any of our qualified pediatric providers.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Telltale signs of asthma include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble sleeping

As your child’s asthma gets worse, you might also notice their symptoms becoming more frequent or bothersome. Your son or daughter might also need to use their inhaler more frequently. 

How do you diagnose asthma?

To diagnose asthma, a complete physical exam is performed, your child’s medical history is reviewed, and a series of questions are asked about their symptoms. 

Depending on your child’s symptoms, a lung function test may be performed, such as spirometry or peak flow. 

A spirometry test measures how much air your child exhales after taking a deep breath. A peak flow test, on the other hand, measures how hard your child breathes out. 

How do you treat asthma?

By pinpointing your child’s asthma triggers, you can take steps to avoid them and keep symptoms under control. To treat asthma, a combination of healthy lifestyle changes and prescription medication may be recommended. 

For example, your child may need a long-term asthma control medication. Your child takes these medications daily to reduce inflammation in their airways. 

If your son or daughter has asthma that’s triggered by allergies,allergy shots or a prescription medication to prevent allergies may be prescribed.

No matter the type of asthma your son or daughter has, the team at Smyrna Pediatrics can help manage this chronic condition. Request your appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.