Ask The Expert
May 06, 2010
Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States.
A child with asthma has repeated asthma "attacks" during which air cannot get in and out of the lungs the way it normally does. This usually happens when a child with asthma is exposed to some "trigger."
Asthma triggers can include:
Symptoms of asthma may include:
Asthma and allergies often occur together. Half of all people with asthma appear to be affected by allergies as well. Many of the symptoms are similar.
Allergic rhinitis is a reaction of the nose (and throat and eyes sometimes) in people who are allergic to things in the air such as pollen, mold and dust. It is most often seen in children with other allergy-related conditions such as eczema or asthma, or those who have family members with allergies.
Symptoms of allergies in young kids include:
The connection between genetics and asthma or allergies is not clear. It is true, however, that kids with parents who have allergies or asthma are more likely to have allergies and asthma compared with kids whose parents are allergy or asthma-free.