Smita Tandon, MD
Pediatrician located in Fountain Valley, CA
Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions that affect children in the United States. To help your child manage their asthma symptoms, Smita Tandon, MD, and her team offer a variety of solutions at her Fountain Valley, California, pediatric practice. Services include convenient, in-office testing and both short-term and long-term asthma treatment options. Dr. Tandon creates a custom care plan to ensure your child has what they need to stay healthy and happy. Learn more about asthma testing and treatments by calling the office today or book an appointment online.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a type of allergy triggered by environmental substances, stress, or exercises. Exposure to certain allergens causes inflammation in your child’s airways, making them swell up and interfering with the flow of air to and from the lungs.
As a result, your child may struggle to breathe efficiently. This type of episode is often known as an asthma attack. While there’s no cure for asthma, Dr. Tandon can provide resources to help your child manage their asthma symptoms and avoid potential asthma triggers.
In children with severe asthma, immediate treatment is necessary to prevent long-term health complications and death.
What are common asthma triggers?
In addition to stress and exercise, there are a variety of environmental factors that can induce asthma symptoms in children, including:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Cigarette smoke
Some children may experience asthma symptoms when they have a viral infection, due to changes in weather, or when exposed to cold air.
If your child has existing seasonal allergies, asthma attacks may be a symptom of the allergic reaction.
What is the process for diagnosing asthma?
Dr. Tandon and her team offer in-office asthma testing technologies, including spirometry. This test measures how well the lungs are working and how much air you inhale and exhale during a certain period of time.
Diagnosing asthma in young children can be difficult because spirometry requires children to follow Dr. Tandon’s instructions. If you suspect your young child has asthma, Dr. Tandon can evaluate their symptoms and recommend treatment options suitable for your child’s age.
What treatment options are available for asthma?
Depending on the severity of your child’s asthma symptoms, Dr. Tandon can recommend a treatment plan that helps prevent asthma attacks. Some children may benefit from medications to provide both short-term and long-term relief of asthma symptoms.
Dr. Tandon can also provide short-acting asthma treatments, such as an inhaler. This device contains anti-inflammatory medications to reduce airway swelling quickly, so your child can catch their breath.
Part of your child’s treatment plan for asthma may involve limiting certain activities that can trigger an asthma attack, such as high-impact sports or playing outdoors in cold weather. Dr. Tandon can work with you to determine which lifestyle changes can reduce your child’s risk for an asthma attack.
Learn more about in-office asthma testing services and treatment options today by calling the office or by using the online booking feature.