Breathe Easier, Have Your Kids Tested For Asthma
North American Precis Syndicate
It’s a healthy idea to get your children tested for allergies and asthma. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—The school year can be a hectic time for the families of America’s
estimated 57 million schoolkids—but it’s also a
good time for parents to bring their children to the doctor to get tested for
Asthma Affects Academics
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Asthma is a
leading cause for chronic absenteeism, which is defined as missing 10 percent
or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused. It detracts from
learning and is a proven early warning sign of academic risk. This affects
young children in particular in ways that can shape academic outcomes for
their entire school career.
Asthma causes swelling and narrowing of the airways that carry air from
the nose and mouth to the lungs. Allergens or irritating things entering the
lungs trigger asthma symptoms. There’s no cure, but it can be managed with
proper prevention of asthma attacks and treatment. More than 25 million
Americans have asthma, 7.7 percent of adults and 8.4 percent of children.
Additionally, diagnosed asthma cases have increased since the 1980s.
Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. A person may have infrequent
asthma attacks, have symptoms only at certain times—while exercising, for
example—or have symptoms all the time.
Asthma signs and symptoms include:
• Shortness of breath
• Chest tightness or pain
• Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing
• A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling
• Coughing or wheezing attacks are worsened by respiratory viruses.
If your child shows any of these symptoms, it’s even more important to
have him or her visit a pediatrician for testing.
How Asthma Is Diagnosed
In order to accurately diagnose asthma, a doctor will take a detailed
medical history of the patient, conduct a physical exam, and test lung
function with spirometry. A spirometry
test measures the volume and speed of air that a patient can expel from the
lungs, this helps determine the type of asthma and the optimum treatment
Treatment generally involves a blend of medication and avoiding triggers
such as pollen, chemicals, extreme weather changes, smoke, dust mites, stress
The good news is your child can live a normal life with asthma as long as
it’s properly managed and monitored. Even many professional athletes have
More good news is that doctors now have better equipment than ever to help
them accurately diagnose the condition. For example, the EasyOne®
Air Spirometer created by ndd
Medical Technologies and available through Henry Schein Medical, helps
doctors make diagnoses confidently. Built for healthcare providers large and
small, it uses TrueFlow™ ultrasound technology for
unprecedented accuracy and reliable diagnosis.
A portable stand-alone spirometry solution helps
doctors stay flexible. The device is extremely robust and calibration-free TrueFlow technology provides a lifetime of worry-free
operation. The color touch screen lets doctors view real-time curves, easily
enter data, and navigate using a premium touch screen interface while it
easily connects wirelessly via Bluetooth for real time incentives, data
exchange, and electronic medical record connectivity.
It’s just one of the many medical devices available through Henry Schein
Medical, a provider of medical and surgical supplies to health care
For further information, parents and doctors can go to www.henryschein.com/spirometry
have better equipment than ever to diagnose asthma, such as the EasyOne Air Spirometer, one of
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