Often children with asthma sometimes find themselves in the emergency room where an emergency room doctor, such as Dr. Josyann Abisaab will treat them for the difficult breathing asthma sufferers experience.
Although the underlying cause of asthma is unknown it often runs in families. What happens is that certain substances which the person with asthma is sensitive to, such as dust, smoke, or animal fur irritate the lining of the bronchial tubes causing the production of phlegm, which blocks the air passageway. The increased level of mucus (phlegm) makes breathing difficult, causing the main symptom of asthma.
View this video to learn a bit about how asthma is often treated and which inhaler is right for children.
Most people feel more sick during the night than they do during the day. Unfortunately, this often means that your child’s fever spikes, or the cough worsens, during the hours when your doctor is usually not available. This means that more parents end up being seen in the E.R. by doctors like Dr. Josyann Abisaab. Some of the time, these E.R. visits, or frantic middle-of-the-night calls, could be avoided.
If your child has an allergy attack at night, an antihistamine should help to calm the symptoms. Keep one on hand, and ask your doctor for a recommendation about which one to have available. If your child has asthma, make sure to have a bronchodilator, a peak flow meter to watch your child’s breathing and preventative medicines like steroid medications around.
Take preventative steps as well to keep your child’s room allergy and asthma free. Close the child’s windows, ban animals from the room, put all bedding into an allergy-proof cover, install hardwood flooring and use HEPA filters in your vacuum.
Asthma, according to The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, affects nearly 34 million Americans. Each year, over 200,000 emergency room visits are due to allergy attacks, as are 300 deaths. Serious asthma attacks may warrant a visit to the emergency room where doctors like Dr. Josyann Abisaab will assess the situation and treat the patient accordingly.
Once in the emergency room, there are a number of treatment techniques that doctors may use. These include:
A nebulizer machine with bronchodilators. These work to relax muscles around the bronchial tissue to help with better breathing.
Iptratropium combined with nebulized albuterol is often used for acute asthma attacks in the E.R. This helps to stop spasms of the muscles surrounding lung tissue.
An intravenous injection of corticosteroids may be given to reduce the inflammatory processes.
In severe situations, patients may be treated with an injection of adrenergic medications including epinephrine or terbutaline.
Oxygen may be administered through a breathing mask and a pulse oxymeter will most likely be placed on a finger or earlobe to evaluate blood oxygen concentration levels. While the administration of oxygen won’t stop the attack, it will provide more oxygen to the blood and may help to prevent death.