Early School Health Radio Shows — 17 May 2013
Link Between Asthma and Allergies

 How to treat a child who suffers from allergies and asthma.

Asthma Treatments

When it comes to treating asthma there are several types of medication available. One is a controller to reduce the inflammation of airways and the other is a reliever which, as the name suggests, immediately relieves symptoms like wheezing and coughing.  But as Dr. Gary Rachelefsky, author of Free Your Child From Asthma explains, medications are only a part of the picture. “The treatment for asthma involves medications either to treat or prevent asthma. It also includes trying to eliminate from the environment allergens and cigarette smoke and other irritants that cause asthma symptoms, and then for the child who has significant allergies, allergy injections could be very effective.” It’s vital that children take part in their asthma management. “Children themselves play a crucial role in managing their asthma.  They have to cooperate.  Many of the medicines that are given to them require using various devices or machines and if they don’t cooperate then the treatment doesn’t work.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Gary Rachelefsky, author of Free Your Child From Asthma.

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