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St. Charles, IL area Allergist discus asthma attacks in children

Allergist discus asthma attacks in children
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Asthma is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions affecting children and is on the rise. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 7 million children in the United States are affected by asthma.

Asthma attacks can be particularly frightening for children. During an attack, the lining of the airway swells as the muscles of the air passages begin to spasm. This causes a narrowing of the airway and difficulty breathing. Asthma attacks typically develop slowly, over a period of up to 48 hours. For some children, symptoms can escalate quickly, worsening the attack.

Symptoms of asthma attack include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Rapid breathing
  • Unable to eat
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Blue tinge to the lips, ears, or nails

The causes of asthma are unknown, although studies have shown that it often runs in family. Typically, we are more aware of triggers that can instigate an asthma attack. Some of the more common triggers are:

  • Allergies
  • Colds
  • Exercise
  • Dust mites
  • Extreme changes in temperature
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Pet dander

Many symptoms of asthma in children tend to worsen overnight or during exercise. Viral infections can also aggravate asthma symptoms, which can cause the symptoms to last much longer in children with asthma.

Treatment for asthma attacks in children can be controlled by various medications:

  • Relievers work to alleviate the symptoms of an attack quickly.
  • Preventers work to prevent the attacks from happening.
  • Controllers are used when symptoms are not relieved by preventers and are often used in combination with them.

For children who are having symptoms more than once per week, an appointment should be made to come into our office so we can evaluate them and suggest some medications that might help. We can also provide both parents and children with an action plan for managing symptoms at home.

With proper diagnosis and treatment, the vast majority of children suffering with asthma attacks are able to participate in a wide variety of sports and activities. We have many years of experience in helping children manage their asthma. If you are located in the St. Charles, IL area and would like more information on treating asthma attacks in children, call us today to set up a consultation.


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Dr. Noga Askenazi, Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates

Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates

Dr. Noga Askenazi | Dr. Eugenia Hahn | Meredith Cirrincione

Dr. Noga Askenazi is a nationally recognized asthma and allergy specialist who is board certified in pediatric and adult allergy. Her areas of special interest are innovative treatment of rashes, sinusitis, food allergies, asthma and immune disorders. She was past President of the ISAAI (Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology), works on state and national committees for advancement of the allergy field and is a consultant for Advocate, AMITA, Northwestern amongst other health care systems. Her joy is helping patients reach their goals after together determining best treatments. Her staff and patients are a chosen family, and she invests in their happiness. She enjoys gardening, biking and cooking to good music.

Dr. Eugenia Hahn is a highly recognized board certified allergist and immunologist who treats patients of all ages. Her areas of special interest are food allergy, eczema, and asthma. She is president of the Illinois Society of Allergy & Asthma, a National Committee leader of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology working on new treatment options for patients. She is a consultant for Advocate, Northwestern, AMITA, Northwest Community healthcare systems amongst many others. Her patients mean everything to her as she takes pride in finding the why behind the problem. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Meredith Cirrincione is a board certified Physician Assistant and specializes in treating allergies, with a focus on asthma, rashes, environmental allergies, chemical and food allergies. She holds a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from The Chicago Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences. She is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She likes to approach things holistically. She is a strong patient advocate and adored by her patients. She enjoys singing, reading, cooking, and the great outdoors.