According to the American Lung Association, as many as 6.1 million American children have asthma, a statistic that’s expected to rise. For those living in and around Tampa, Florida, the care of Michele Johnson-Towson, MD, of Pediatric Place is a welcome resource for asthma screening and treatment. If you’d like to learn more, call or use the online booking tool to set up a visit today.

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Frequently asked questions

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by difficulty moving air into and out of the lungs. It is also the most common chronic health condition among American children and accounts for significant lost time from school and other activities. Kids with asthma have sensitive airways. When an asthma trigger is present, your child’s airways can become irritated, inflamed, and partially or even fully obstructed. Some common asthma triggers include: Tobacco smoke
Pet dander
Air pollution
Sudden changes in weather
Strong odors like perfume
Certain medications, including aspirin
Even exercise or strong emotions can trigger asthma in kids.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Knowing the symptoms of childhood asthma can make it easier to know when to seek help from an experienced specialist at Pediatric Place. Some things to keep an eye out for include: Frequent coughing spells
Rapid or shallow breathing
Chest tightness or pain
Shortness of breath
Whistling or wheezing sounds when breathing
Lack of energy while playing
Needing to pause during physical exertion to catch their breath
If you notice these signs, schedule a diagnostic exam to find answers and explore solutions.

Are there ways to treat asthma?

There are a number of ways to treat asthma, and all options are discussed with you in detail to help you make the right choice for your child. One of the most powerful ways to treat asthma is to determine the triggers that cause airway problems and take steps to avoid those triggers.
Medication might play a role in your child’s asthma care. Fast-acting inhaled medications that can quickly open your child’s airways. Other medications help to reduce swelling over time, reduce mucus in your lungs, or help prevent your body from reacting so strongly to triggers.
If you’re concerned about your child’s breathing and would like to come in for an asthma screening, book a visit at Pediatric Place today. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call or stop by the office to check appointment availability