Story by: Joe Hall on May 2, 2018
Spring has sprung and so have the allergies, especially here in the Ohio Valley. However, what you think might be seasonal allergies could be asthma.
“Asthma is a real problem in Kentucky,” said Nikki Boyd, Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness. “In fact, asthma is one of the leading causes of trips to our emergency departments.”
Asthma can be controlled with medications and treatments, but many cases go undiagnosed. The condition can be confused with colds or allergies, especially in the spring.
“It can be really hard to tell,” said Nikki, who has asthma. “Sometimes it masks itself with a cough or a slight wheeze. Or it goes hand in hand with allergies, so a lot of parents brush it off as just part of allergy season.”
Erin Frazier, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Group – Broadway, said parents should look out for several symptoms.
“If your child is coughing, especially at night, wheezing or not bouncing back quickly from cold-like symptoms, then it’s time to have a conversation with your pediatrician,” Dr. Frazier said.
Ask yourself about these warning signs:
Does your child have signs of asthma? If so, find a pediatrician