Asthma Treatments in Ankeny
What You Should Know
When it comes to detecting asthma, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms so you can seek appropriate medical attention. Our Ankeny, IA allergists have diagnosed and treated countless patients dealing with this chronic lung disorder. Here’s what you should know about asthma:
Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes tightening, inflammation, and spasms of the bronchial tubes, all of which can cause many symptoms, interfere with your child exercising or may increase their chances for chest infections.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, then it’s time to visit an allergist for a proper evaluation.
How Is Asthma Treated?
To effectively manage asthma and to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks, an allergist will first identify triggers by allergy testing. After potential triggers have been identified we will test lung function. Depending on the frequency of their symptoms and the doctor will prescribe a short-acting medication to alleviate symptoms and most likely a long-term medication to control inflammation of the airways and mucus buildup.
Treatments for asthma will ultimately depend on the severity of your symptoms and health history.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Asthma?
Common warning signs of asthma include:
- Chronic coughing (that may simply sound as if they are clearing their throat constantly)
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Wheezing or whistling when breathing out
- Rapid breathing
What Can Trigger My Child’s Asthma?
Many things can impact breathing. Therefore, it is important to pinpoint these triggers as soon as possible in order for you to avoid them. Common asthma triggers include:
- Pet dander
- Cigarette smoke
- Air pollution
- Cold air
- Cold or flu
- Fragrances, perfumes, and certain cleaning products
When Should I Go to the Doctor?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, then it’s time to visit an allergist for a proper evaluation. You won’t be able to definitively tell if you have asthma or whether another respiratory condition or illness may be to blame for the symptoms; however, we have the proper tools to be able to check your breathing and lung health to determine whether or not you have asthma.
“Best experience I think I have ever had with a doctor and clinic. They really took the time to listen and figure out what was going on. I appreciate their time, efforts and sincerity in making sure I felt better.”- Melissa B.
“This was my first time seeing an allergist and the entire staff made my first visit nothing short of amazing. Alexandra Jansen was extremely helpful and answered all of my questions.”- Cameron D.
“Great experience! The staff is thorough and compassionate and provided excellent care for our 8 month old. We were seen for a food allergy and no question was left unanswered. We would definitely recommend them to family and friends.”- Lindsey L.