Treatment will depend on your
child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the
Your child’s healthcare provider
may refer you to a pulmonologist. This is a doctor with special training to treat lung
conditions. Your child may also be referred to an asthma and allergy specialist. This is
a doctor with special training in treating both asthma and allergies. Your child’s
treatment is based on how severe the symptoms are and how easily they are controlled.
Treatment includes finding triggers and ways to stay away from them. It will also
Asthma medicines include:
Bronchodilators. These medicines are
used to help open the narrowed airways. They may ease coughing, wheezing, shortness
of breath, or trouble breathing.
Anti-inflammatory medicines (inhaled or
oral steroids). These medicines help ease the inflammation in the
Anti-leukotrienes. These medicines
help decrease the narrowing of the airways. These are often given by mouth. They are
often used to treat mild symptoms.
Allergy shots (i
mmunotherapy). This can be used to decrease allergies to
environmental triggers such as dust, pollen, or animal allergies that can trigger
asthma flares in some people.
medicines. These are injected medicines used for certain types of severe
asthma. They are available for children age 6 and older.