Respiratory Care Specialist

Westchester Park Pediatrics

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine located in Purchase, NY

Allergies are the most common health issue affecting children, and with about 6.2 million children under age 18 with asthma, access to quality respiratory care is essential. The medical team at Westchester Park Pediatrics in Purchase, New York, offers comprehensive respiratory care to children with allergies, asthma, and other conditions that affect breathing. To learn more, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Respiratory Care Q & A

What is asthma?

The leading chronic disease in children, asthma is among America’s most common and costly diseases. Asthma causes airways to become inflamed and swollen, resulting in narrowing of airways in the lungs. 

Asthma can be triggered by environmental irritants in the air, such as pollen or pet dander. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, and a feeling of tightness in the chest. 

It can be difficult to determine whether symptoms like coughing and chest tightness in children are due to asthma or an acute illness, such as bronchitis or the common cold. If your child experiences these symptoms, you can schedule an appointment at Westchester Park Pediatrics so the team can diagnose the problem and recommend proper treatment.

How is asthma treated?

Managing asthma involves preventing asthma attacks. If your child has asthma, the respiratory care team at Westchester Park Pediatrics develops an asthma treatment plan. To prevent asthma attacks it’s important to recognize your child’s asthma triggers and take steps to avoid them.

Your doctor may prescribe long-term medications designed to help prevent asthma symptoms along with a quick-relief inhaler to use during asthma attacks. 

Can children outgrow asthma?

Some children outgrow their asthma, while others find that symptoms disappear for a while, only to return later in adulthood. Children who have severe asthma symptoms rarely outgrow it, however.

What are allergies?

An allergy occurs when your immune system overreacts to a substance, such as food, mold, pet dander, insect stings, grass pollen, or latex. 

Allergies can cause reactions such as:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Scratchy throat
  • Itchy eyes
  • Rashes or hives

Over 6 million children have allergic rhinitis, sometimes called hay fever, that’s characterized by nasal and eye symptoms. 

A severe allergic response called anaphylaxis can cause low blood pressure, throat swelling, and sometimes even death.

How are allergies treated?

If your child has allergies, they must be managed through prevention and treatment, including avoiding their trigger, using over-the-counter and prescription medication, and getting allergy testing and immunotherapy (allergy shots).

To find out if your child has asthma or allergies and requires respiratory care, schedule an appointment at Westchester Park Pediatrics by calling the office or using the online booking tool.