Diagnosing asthma can be tricky. There is no simple test. Instead, evaluating three key symptoms helps doctors make a diagnosis, explains Dr. Stanley P. Galant, an asthma, allergy and immunology specialist at CHOC Children’s and the medical director of the CHOC Breathmobile. Children experiencing cough, shortness of breath – especially during and after exercise or […]
Getting a cold or the flu is a bummer for anyone, but these common illnesses can be extra challenging for children with asthma. Viruses more often than not will worsen asthma, says Dr. Wan-Yin Chan, a CHOC allergist/immunologist. Already, people with asthma have inflamed airways to the lungs. Coughing and sneezing prompted by a cold […]
Your 7-year-old son loves baseball and can’t wait to join the local Little League team. Your daughter is a big soccer fan and all her fourth-grade friends play soccer after school, so she wants to play soccer also. Both kids have asthma. What to do? Just because your children have asthma does not mean they can’t participate in any sports.
The number of children with asthma continues to rise, but the evolution of asthma medication means most attacks can now be prevented.