Asthma & Allergies

Edwin P. Herd, MD

Pediatrics located in Kailua-Kona, HI

Asthma and allergies can make childhood far less pleasant than it should be. That’s why Edwin P. Herd, MD offers comprehensive care for these conditions through his pediatric practice in the Kailua-Kona area of Hawaii. If your child shows signs of asthma or allergies, schedule an appointment right away to find answers and begin the right treatment path. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy schedule, or you can always reach the office by phone to book your visit.

Asthma & Allergies Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic medical condition that narrows your airways, making it difficult to get enough oxygen into your lungs. According to the American Lung Association, as many as 26 million Americans are living with asthma, and around 6.1 million of those are children.

There is no cure for asthma, but the condition can be managed, allowing your child to live a healthy, active life. Working with a skilled pediatrician like Dr. Herd is a great place to begin.

In children, the symptoms of asthma include:

  • Rapid or labored breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Low energy
  • Sensations of weakness or fatigue
  • Coughing

Some kids only experience symptoms during physical exertion, like playing or participating in sports.

How is asthma treated?

Your child’s treatment plan is designed to suit his or her specific set of needs, and it might change as those needs shift over time. One of the most important aspects of treatment involves identifying the triggers that bring about an asthma attack and taking steps to avoid those triggers whenever possible.

Some examples include:

  • Cold air
  • Viral infections
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Pollen
  • Mold

Medication may also play a role in treating childhood asthma. Inhaled corticosteroids can help open up airways. Combined inhalers incorporate a beta agonist and can be good options for kids whose asthma is not well-controlled using other medications. Some kids respond well to drugs that treat allergies in addition to asthma.

What are treatment options for allergies?

Childhood allergies are common and can sometimes play a role in asthma. Dr. Herd treats allergies by first completing a thorough diagnostic exam. Once he knows the allergy triggers your child is sensitive to, he’s able to devise a customized treatment plan.

Parents can help manage allergies by removing as many triggers as possible. That might mean avoiding certain foods or taking steps to eliminate allergens from the home. Dr. Herd can also prescribe medications to relieve symptoms. Some medications reduce nasal congestion and itchy eyes, while others focus on reducing inflammation. Allergy shots can help your child develop a stronger resistance to triggers.

If your child suffers from asthma or allergies, schedule a visit with Dr. Herd to discuss a new treatment approach. Childhood should be a carefree and joyful time, and proper management of these conditions can help your family achieve that goal.