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Allergy and Asthma Center

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If your child has asthma or allergies, it can make it hard for them to breathe or enjoy things like playing outside. With diagnosis, treatment and ongoing monitoring from our board-certified allergy, immunology and pulmonology sub-specialty providers, your child can remain healthy and active. 

 

What do Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonology Specialists do?

Our board-certified allergists, immunologists, and pulmonologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • asthma
  • inhalant allergies
  • food reactions
  • hay fever
  • eczema
  • hives
  • sinus problems
  • immune disorders
  • cystic fibrosis
  • chronic cough
  • respiratory disorders
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic respiratory failure
  • Exercise intolerance

 

How do I know if my child's asthma symptoms are uncontrolled?

The Childhood Asthma Control Test is a way to help your child's healthcare provider determine if your child's asthma symptoms are well controlled. You can share the results with your child's healthcare provider.

 Take Allergy/Asthma Quiz

 

Reasons to see a Pediatric Allergy, Immunology or Pulmonary Specialist;

  • Recent severe asthma episode or allergic reaction.
  • Any visits to the hospital or emergency room for breathing and allergy-related issues.
  • Frequent need for oral steroid tablets or syrup.
  • Child’s life is disrupted by sleep disturbances, inability to exercise or frequent school absences.
  • Complicating conditions, such as sinusitis, acid reflux, eczema, obesity or frequent infections.
  • Medication side effects.
  • Worsening seasonal symptoms or if symptoms are worsening in spite of treatment.

 

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What can I expect?

  • To be seen by a specialist right away
  • To be fully taken care
  • The issue to be managed in its entirety
  • Intentional time with our specialist (similar to a family doctor)

 

What do Pediatrics Northwest specialists provide?

  • Help to identify the child’s allergy and asthma triggers.
  • State of the art diagnostic testing and evaluation of lung function.
  • Diagnosis of underlying lung disease or other respiratory conditions.
  • Treadmill exercise testing when appropriate.
  • Examination of the airways (flexible bronchoscopy) under anesthesia in appropriate circumstances.
  • Knowledge of treatment options. A written treatment program with an action plan to help parents and the primary care provider respond more effectively to worsening symptoms.
  • Ongoing monitoring of treatment goals.
  • Effective communication with the primary care physician or nurse practitioner regarding the child’s treatment and progress.
  • A specialist available 24 hours a day.