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HG Pediatrics

Homero Garza, MD

Pediatrician located in Houston, TX

Pediatric asthma can significantly impact a child’s overall health and wellness. Homero Garza, MD, and the team at HG Pediatrics, located in Houston, Texas, offers knowledgeable, compassionate care and ongoing support for children who have asthma, as well as their parents. If your child has asthma, call, or schedule an appointment online for expert care, and long-term management.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a common, chronic respiratory condition that makes it difficult for your child to breathe or catch their breath. Asthma symptoms may come on suddenly, causing what is commonly called an asthma attack. Asthma attacks can be frightening and are sometimes life-threatening. 

With asthma, exposure to a specific trigger causes sudden inflammation, swelling, and constriction of your child’s airways. This makes airflow difficult and damages the tissues of the lungs long-term. Children with asthma are more susceptible to lung disease and respiratory infections. 

Children at the highest risk for asthma are those with allergies, second-hand smoke exposure, and a family history of asthma. While asthma could be potentially life-threatening, this condition is often easily controlled with expert pediatric care, close monitoring, medications, and avoidance of triggers. 

What are the symptoms of an asthma attack?

Typically, symptoms of pediatric asthma present before a child is five years old. Their symptoms may vary in frequency and severity. Your child’s symptoms are unique to them, and may include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness or heaviness in chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pale skin color 

Infants with severe allergies, eczema, and frequent respiratory infections are more likely to develop asthma in childhood. 

What causes an asthma attack?

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the most common cause of an asthma attack is an allergic reaction to a specific allergen or trigger. This type of asthma is called allergic asthma, which may be triggered by: 

  • Pollen
  • Mold or dust
  • Pet or animal dander
  • Dry or humid air
  • Perfumes or strong fragrances

Asthma attacks can also be the body’s response to a cold, flu, or viral infection, as well as exercise, stress, or anxiety. Each child with asthma has specific triggers that may cause symptoms. It is essential to receive quality asthma care to identify their triggers early, to reduce their chances of a severe asthma reaction. 

What are the treatments for asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that doesn’t have a cure. Some children do grow out of their symptoms, while some continue to battle asthma into adulthood. 

From infancy to young adulthood, the HG Pediatrics team is with you and your child every step of the way, providing excellent care and a customized treatment plan to fit their needs. 

Treatments may include:

  • Allergy testing
  • Oral medications
  • Inhaler medications
  • Parent and child education
  • In-office and at-home nebulizer treatments

If your child has asthma, you must see your pediatric team as soon as possible when they have signs of a cold, bronchitis, strep throat, or respiratory infection. These common illnesses can easily trigger an asthma attack for a child with pediatric asthma. HG Pediatrics offers same-day sick visits, so your child gets the care they need quickly.

If your child has asthma or asthma symptoms, call, or schedule an appointment online with HG Pediatrics today.