How to treat asthma symptoms in kids and adults
By Megan Hamilton
The symptoms of asthma in children and adults are very similar, but it's often harder to diagnose in kids, especially infants and toddlers, because of similarities to other illnesses, such as respiratory infections. Children are also more susceptible to allergen exposure, including dust, air pollution and second-hand smoke. Here's how to identify and treat it in both children and adults.
Symptoms of asthma in children and adults:
If diagnosed after age 20, this ailment is then known as the adult-onset form, and about half of those with it also have allergies. Adult-onset asthma can also result from exposure to substances in the workplace or from the home environment.
Common triggers in children and adults
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here is how to defend against common asthma triggers:
What are the best treatments for you?
There are several factors to consider when looking for the best asthma treatments, including age, symptoms and personal preference. Your doctor may suggest a long-term control medication, which reduce the inflammation in your airways, helping to prevent attacks and keeping them under control. Your doctor may also prescribe quick-relief inhalers, known as bronchodilators, which can rapidly open swollen airways that are limiting breathing.
It's no doubt that this respiratory illness can be a challenge, but with time you'll learn when an attack is about to happen, and which medications can help you head it off at the pass. If you have questions or concerns about this condition, consult your local Atlanta family doctor.
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