Summer means more time playing outside, and, of course, more allergies – both of which can cause asthma flare-ups. Even the chlorine in swimming pools are know to be triggers for asthma attacks.
That's why it’s a great time to check in with your doctor to assess asthma control and review your action plan. Kids can also use the visit to get medication and refills ready for the new school year.
If you've got an asthma sufferer in the family, here are a few other ways you can help manage their symptoms this summer.
According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), the number of people with asthma continues to grow, and asthma doesn’t just affect adults – about 1 in 10 children suffer from the condition.
Because symptoms of asthma can manifest in various ways, it can be difficult to determine whether or not a child (especially those that are young) has asthma. Recognizing the symptoms of asthma, things such as coughing (especially at night), wheezing, or trouble breathing, is key in helping diagnose and treat the condition.
Asthma and allergies often go hand in hand as many allergens like pollen or mold can manifest in breathing problems. Allergies also frequently run in families, and kids of all ages can be easily tested for allergens by getting in touch with a specialist called an allergist.
Staying safe while out and about
Once asthma has been diagnosed, you can work with your doctor to work out treatment options and strategize on how to prepare in the case of an attack.
Inhalers are typically the go-to tool for dispersing medicine (both quick-acting and what’s called long-term control), and are luckily portable enough to carry around at all times. Knowing specific triggers for your child’s asthma can help in planning activities that allow for avoiding them, but that’s not always possible. Always keep asthma medicine on hand and remember that what might appear as a mild symptom or attack can quickly turn into a life-threatening condition.
For more information on allergies, asthma, and how to keep your child happy and healthy this summer and throughout the year, turn to a trusted local provider like Liberty Doctors.
Liberty Doctors is committed to giving South Carolina residents the freedom to choose their healthcare providers. That's why they've combined forces to make the process of getting high quality medical care affordable and efficient. Whether you’re suffering from allergies and asthma or simply need an annual checkup, you can find the right provider with Liberty Doctors.
To find a Liberty Doctor provider near you, visit LibertyDoctors.com or call 843-225-8304.