Asthma is a surprisingly common disease. More than 23 million Americans have the condition and more than one-quarter of them are children younger than 18 years. At PHA, we are continuously learning more about what causes asthma, and take full advantage of the most up-to-date methods of diagnosing the disorder and best ways to treat it, even in very young children.
Asthma may appear at any age but most often children with asthma develop symptoms by age 4 or 5 years. Fortunately, in the vast majority of cases, symptoms are mild to moderately severe. When the condition is properly managed with medications and environmental measures, most severe, potentially incapacitating flare-ups can be prevented. There are often early warning signs that a child is at risk for developing asthma— eczema starting in the early months, frequent lower respiratory symptoms and problems appearing before the first birthday, and having a family history of asthma.
Due to the prevalence of asthma in our community, PHA has made this one of its most important areas of focus and we are dedicated to helping our patients and families better manage and control this condition.