Asthma Clinic

Asthma is one of the major causes for respiratory illnesses in all age groups. Asthma is due to complex interaction between genetic and environmental factors resulting in airway inflammation and respiratory symptoms which can vary from seasonal cough, wheezing to life threatening events which can be defined as an ‘asthma attack’. Asthma can affect all age groups and can have an adverse effect on the life of any individual. It should also be noted that the signs and symptoms of Asthma begin really early – during childhood – and if left undetected or untreated it can get complicated to life threatening diseases.

Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon has a specialized ‘Asthma Clinic’ for all age groups. The clinic is led by specialized Pulmonologists, Pediatricians and Geriatric Specialists of national and international repute. Over the years numerous patients have been successfully treated for allergic asthma, asthma without allergies, Asprin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease, exercise induced asthma, cough variant asthma and occupational asthma. The team is also supported by state of the art diagnostic and treatment equipment to ensure that you breathe easy.

It is important to know about the signs and symptoms of Asthma, especially in your children. Recent studies highlight that India comprises of 10% of Asthma patients worldwide. There are 300 million asthmatics worldwide with 1/10th of those living in India. A recent review analysis of 15 epidemiological studies showed that the mean prevalence of asthma among children was 7.24%. It is exceptionally important to detect and treat Asthma as soon as possible.

Important Points to be considered to detect Asthma:

  • Symptoms of asthma overlap with more common childhood respiratory illness. For example wheezing and cough can be found in even in a viral infection (cold). Hence if you feel that your child’s breathing pattern is different, it is best that you consult a Pulmonologist or asthma expert at the earliest.
  • Try and visit a specialist. This is important to get the right diagnosis and treatments as majority of the cases are misdiagnosed.
  • Check your child’s breathing patterns during exercising or playing. If he or she starts to wheeze and have difficulty in breathing consults a Pulmonologist or asthma expert at the earliest.
  • Do not self medicate or let your child use any bronchodilator, spray or medication without consulting a Pulmonologist or asthma expert.
  • Please note that your child will have to get trained on how to use a pump / bronchodilator for asthma relief.
  • Asthma is a respiratory illness that doesn’t have a permanent cure. It can however be managed with special care, precautions and medication. Please consult your doctor and follow the same strictly.

Signs & Risks of Asthma

  • Cough: especially night cough waking up the child from sleep and precipitated by exercise or exertion
  • Wheezing /noisy breathing
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Chest tightness in older children
  • Reduced activity and loss of appetite due to respiratory symptoms
  • In severe cases, chest indrawing, inability to speak and bluish discoloration of tongue and nails

Risk factors for Asthma:

Asthma is a multifactorial disease with numerous factors playing a role, important ones are

  • Family history of bronchial asthma or atopy
  • Cessarean delivery
  • Mixed feeding
  • Absence of separate kitchen
  • Exposure to Allergens especially Hose dust mite, cockroach and molds
  • Preterm delivery
  • Home wall dampness
  • Snoring at night
  • Smoker at home
  • Indoor or outdoor pollution

There are certain tests that may be recommended by your Pulmonologist or your asthma expert. Based on these tests the doctor can understand the cause and type of Asthma.

  • Lung Function Tests: Children older than 8yrs can perform spirometry and other pulmonary function tests.
  • Chest X Ray and Other Imaging : In selected cases
  • Allergy Testing: Nearly half of asthma cases have allergy and allergy testing is important in the management
  • Feno: A non-invasive test to diagnose airway inflammation.
  • Management of bronchial asthma includes assessment, treatment and monitoring. Treatment is individualized based on severity and frequency of symptoms.
  • Medication used in asthma can be divided into relivers and controllers.
  • Relief therapy uses drugs to treat symptoms and Control medication are used to prevent the symptoms from occurring.
  • We have different drug delivery methods like Nebulisation, Inhalers which are tailored according to the need of the patient.
  • Inhalers or pumps used in the management of asthma is scientifically the best method of treatment available and can be used in all age groups including infants. However please consult your pulmonologist before starting any medication.

Asthma clinic provides a comprehensive management of childhood asthma which caters to all children with respiratory symptoms.

Services provided:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of bronchial asthma
  • Training and monitoring proper technique of inhaler use
  • Growth monitoring and nutrition counseling
  • Monitoring the disease using peak flow meters and teaching home therapy and self-monitoring in older children
  • Asthma control test card for better care and control
  • Allergy testing and interpretation
  • Immunotherapy in selected patients for permanent treatment for allergy

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