Pediatric Associates of Austin
Pediatricians located in Austin, TX
Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that can cause breathing problems and limit the activities of your child. With the help of our PAA providers, children in the Austin, TX area can receive treatment for asthma helping to prevent without major disruption to their active lives.
What are the Treatments for Asthma?
Thankfully, asthma can be easily treated so that your child can continue to have an active lifestyle. The best first treatment for asthma is to identify triggers and learn how to avoid them. One of the ways we can do this is through allergy testing. Next, we recommend medications, such as an inhaler to help with acute asthma symptoms, including wheezing, chronic cough, and tightness in the chest.
If asthma symptoms are persistent, we prescribe medication to prevent asthma exacerbations. Some children only need these medications for a few months each year, and others need treatment year around. In many children, we see asthma improve with age; though some may end up needing treatment lifelong.
What happens after my child is assessed for asthma?
Because asthma is a chronic problem, we discuss asthma management twice yearly. One discussion will occur with your primary care provider at the annual well child exam. The other discussion typically occurs at an asthma consult visit, conducted by one of our Nurse Practitioners. Asthma education visits include extensive history, physical examination, discussion of asthma exacerbation preventative measures, asthma medication refills (as indicated), and completion of an asthma action plan. Appointments can be scheduled by calling PAA. Through education at well-child exams and in asthma consult visits, we strive to provide excellent care, enabling our patients to lead a symptom-free, active lifestyle.