Combating asthma flare-ups in children

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Asthma keeps more children home from school than any other chronic illness. Children with Asthma get a double-whammy during allergy season. Joining us now with more is Dr. Ryan Redman, E-R director at Children’s Hospital. 

Asthma is a chronic condition that starts in the lungs, according to Dr. Ryan Redman, the ER director at Children's Hospital. Signs that your child suffers from asthma include severe allergy symptoms, coughing wheezing and shortness breath. Redman said you should see your pediatrician to diagnose the condition.

During an asthma flare-up, Redman said, the airways become inflamed and produce lots of thick mucus. Common asthma triggers include allergens, like dust and pollen, exercise and cigarette smoke.

You can prevent flare-ups by taking medication as prescribed, keeping rescue medicine on hand at all times and avoiding triggers. 

For more information, follow the links below.

Asthma Basics

Managing Asthma

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