Asthma Specialist

Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens

Pediatrician located in Irvine, CA

An estimated one in 12 school-age children has asthma today. When left untreated, this chronic disease interferes with regular activities and, in extreme cases, can even be life-threatening. The team at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens in Irvine, California can help your child take control with customized asthma management plans and essential in-office breathing treatments that provide instant relief when symptoms flare up. Call or book an appointment online to learn more.

Asthma Q&A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that causes your child’s airways to narrow, making it hard to move air in or out. While there’s no cure for asthma, with proper management, you may be able to prevent your child’s next asthma flare-up.

What causes asthma?

Researchers have been unable to identify a single cause of asthma, but numerous factors may be responsible. The most common contributors to asthma symptoms are allergies. Your child’s asthma may result from an allergic reaction to:

  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Grass
  • Pet dander
  • Smoke
  • Other environmental allergens

In other cases, asthma may be triggered by exercise, illness, or stress.

Regardless of the cause, the pediatricians at Irvine Doctors of Kid and Teens can help identify your child’s specific asthma triggers and help them prevent or manage the symptoms.  

What are common asthma symptoms?

If your child has asthma, you’re probably all too familiar with the symptoms -- often referred to as an asthma attack -- that get in the way of schoolwork, sports, and other activities. These symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness or a squeezing feeling in the chest
  • A wheezing or whistling sound when exhaling

How is asthma managed?

The best way to treat your child’s asthma is to follow a detailed asthma management plan to head off the next attack. A comprehensive plan:

  • Provides tips to recognize the early warning signs that an attack is coming
  • Teaches your child how to avoid asthma triggers
  • Gives directions for how and when to use medication to prevent and manage symptoms

The goal of medication is to prevent or treat airway inflammation so air can move in and out more easily. Asthma treatments typically come in inhaled, pill, and liquid form.

What is a breathing treatment?

When your child is already having an asthma attack, the team at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens offer in-office breathing treatments, often called nebulizer treatments.

Nebulizer or breathing treatments use a special machine called a nebulizer to break down asthma medication into a fine mist that your child can inhale through a cup or mouthpiece. The medication goes right into the lungs to open up the airways and provide relief within a few minutes.

To learn more about managing your child’s asthma symptoms, call the office for a same-day appointment or book one online.