American Diabetes Day: March 27th, 2018

March 27, 2018

On March 27th, 2018 we take some time to recognize the importance of preventing and managing diabetes. According to Healthline, nearly 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, not including over 8 million people who may be undiagnosed or unaware of their condition with diabetes. Trends show that more and more cases are coming up every year, which means that diabetes is becoming a bigger and bigger problem to deal with as a country.

It’s important that you become aware of diabetes (check out more information here in our diabetes awareness infographic) and its impacts, how it can affect your body, and what you can do to prevent or manage diabetes.

Commonly Asked Questions About Diabetes

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a type of disease within the body where it prevents proper production of insulin (a hormone), resulting in unsafe levels of glucose in the blood and abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates. Diabetes, if left untreated, can be life threatening depending on the type and severity of the specific case.

What is considered a normal level for blood sugar before meals (or waking up) and after meals?

We recommend consulting with your doctor about specific blood sugar levels for you, but as a rule of thumb, an average “before-meals” blood glucose (blood sugar) level for people with diabetes is 70-130 mg/dl while after eating (1-2 hours later) the blood sugar goal would be under 180 mg/dl.

Will I have to take insulin if I’m on type 2 diabetes?

Not always. If the condition is detected early enough, your body may still be able to produce adequate amounts of insulin if you carefully regulate blood sugar levels over the years.

Is diabetes (type 2) reversible?

You can moderate your type 2 diabetes, but it can’t be reversed after you’ve been diagnosed. If however you have “prediabetes,” or were just diagnosed with type 2, and then lose a considerable amount of weight, it can put the disease into remission.

How do I learn to accept that I have diabetes?

This can be a challenge for some people at first, but it’s important to work on realigning what you view as “real.” Wishing that you don’t have diabetes won’t make it go away and not getting treatment can have very adverse effects on your body.

How does diabetes affect my body?

Generally, diabetes affects blood vessels and nerves in the body, which means that it can have a direct or indirect impact on virtually every part of the body. Diabetes impacts blood pressure levels, is commonly linked with high cholesterol, and can increase the risk of heart attacks/cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure and cholesterol also raises the risk of having a stroke.

Individuals who have diabetes are also prone to other complications in the eyes, known as diabetic retinopathy, as well as the kidneys issues (diabetic nephropathy), nerves problems, issues with your digestive system, and more.

What are some simple ways to prevent and manage diabetes?

There are many different ways to help prevent and manage diabetes. Also certain of lifestyle changes will be more effective than others depending on your unique situation. Generally, people who are looking to minimize their risk of or manage their diabetes involves… eating less, drinking plenty of water (especially before your meal), getting more exercise every day (e.g., 30 minutes, 5 days a week), making healthier food choices, snack on veggies (instead of sugary foods), keep track of your food consumption and more.

If you have more questions about diabetes, such as getting tests, finding treatment, or just having someone to talk to, check out our Diabetes Screening and Management page here or contact us to learn more or schedule a visit.

What Is Colorectal Cancer and How Can You Prevent It? – Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 20, 2018

March is “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month” and our team at North County Health Services (NCHS) aims at equipping you with knowledge about colorectal cancer (also referred to as colon cancer), how to identify symptoms, and what preventative measures that you can take.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team and we’ll be happy to help you!

What Is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer, which may also be referred to as colon cancer or rectal cancer, is a type of cancer that starts within the colon or the rectum. The name of the cancer is dependent on where the cancer begins. However, generally speaking both colon cancer and rectal cancer are grouped together due to the similarities between the two.

Colorectal cancers first start off as a “polyp,” which takes shape along the lining of the rectum or colon, and can change or adapt into cancer over time. This is why it’s important to have regular check-ups in order to spot polyps before turn cancerous. However, not all polyps immediately indicate cancer, as there are 2 primary types of polyps:

Adenomatous polyps (adenomas), which can sometimes change into cancer, and hyperplastic polyps (and inflammatory polyps), which are more common but generally do not become cancer.

What Are the Symptoms or Signs of Colorectal Cancer?

Even though colorectal cancer is on the inside of the body, there are certain symptoms that you can keep an eye out for. Below is a list of common symptoms, although experiencing these symptoms won’t immediately indicate that you have cancer.

  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation, and/or the consistency of stool, which lasts for four weeks or longer.
  • General weakness or fatigue.
  • Weight loss that can’t easily be explained.
  • Noticing blood in the stool or rectal bleeding.
  • Abdominal discomfort (cramps, gas, pain, etc.) that is abnormally persistent.
  • A feeling that the bowel doesn’t completely empty.

If you notice any of these symptoms, give us a call or schedule a wellness visit with our experienced doctors. This is especially important if you notice blood in the stool or an ongoing change in bowel habits.

Preventative Measures for Colorectal Cancer

There are a number of risk factors that can generally, but not always, affect the likelihood of getting colorectal cancer, such as older age, low-fiber and high-fat diet, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, smoking, alcohol, and more.

In order to best prevent colon cancer or to catch it in its earliest stages, visiting your doctor for regular wellness visits is critical. Generally, it’s recommended to start annual colorectal cancer screenings at age 50, but if other factors may increase your likelihood of getting colon cancer, so you may consider starting annual visits sooner.

Aside from scheduling annual wellness checkups, there are other lifestyle changes that you can make which can help to improve the likelihood of preventing colorectal cancer:

  • Eating a variety of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.
  • Using moderation when it comes to alcohol (or ruling it out completely).
  • Stop smoking.
  • Exercise the majority of the days of your week.
  • Maintain an overall healthy weight.
  • And more

Talk to your doctor about other lifestyle changes you can make to reduce the likelihood of having to deal with colorectal cancer.

At North County Health Services, we offer wellness visits to our patients, which will not only help you identify major problems and early signs of potential cancers, but we’ll also provide you with knowledge about your general health and what you can do to maintain or improve your health.

Contact us today to learn more about NCHS and our wellness checkup. If you have any questions, let us know and we’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you have!

Fight the Flu!

March 16, 2018

Flu Epidemic In San Diego County – Prevent the Flu and Get Treatment Today!

The flu, short for influenza, is a fairly common viral infection of the passages of your respiratory system. The flu is highly contagious and is usually not very serious in common situations. However, not all cases of the flu are alike, which is why it’s important to stay vigilante anytime you notice flu like symptoms starting to appear in yourself or those around you.

Since the flu is so contagious, it’s even more important to be aware of the symptoms in order to avoid catching the flu or spreading it anywhere you go. It can be easy to accidentally infect others, or to get infected, without even realizing how or when it happened.

And if you haven’t heard or seen the news about the flu epidemic in San Diego, it’s more important than ever before to learn about the flu, know the symptoms, take preventative steps, and get treatment immediately.

The epidemic we’re facing is an example of a situation where the flu is “not very serious.” Although the common flu is not anything to worry about when you get treatment, the flu does have the potential to become a very serious virus, especially when it’s not treated and is left to spread.

The quickest way to deal with the flu is to get the flu vaccine for anyone who is older than 6 months (which is nearly everyone!), otherwise you put yourself at risk of getting the flu epidemic.

Unfortunately, we’ve already seen over 260 people die because of the flu virus in San Diego County alone. This is why it’s more important than ever to get your flu vaccinations, take preventative steps, and see a doctor when you notice the symptoms of the flu.

Flu Symptoms

Flu symptoms typically last around five to seven days, although the duration of flu symptoms can vary from individual to individual. Below you’ll find all of the major and common symptoms of the flu that you can look for:

  • Chills and/or fever
  • Sore throat
  • Aches in your muscles or body
  • Coughing
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Runny or stuffy nose

Having any of these may not immediately indicate that you have the flu, but they are worth being aware of so that you can help narrow down the possibilities of your symptoms. If you’re uncertain about your symptoms or are worried about getting the flu (or it being more serious than a common case), contact your doctor or healthcare specialist.

When should I seek medical treatment from a doctor for the flu?

It’s particularly important to seek medical treatment if you’re in one of the “high risk groups” for influenza, when experiencing flu-like symptoms. For example, any young children, people over the age of 65, pregnant women, or those with certain medical conditions like diabetes, asthma, or other chronic illnesses, should consult with their doctor when noticing flu-like symptoms.

Flu Preventative Tips

Stopping the flu from happening in the first place is the best way to go. Although you can’t always control when a virus strikes, you can influence your situation by making it harder for the virus to get into your body, get established, or otherwise spread to other people. This is where key preventative strategies come into play:

  • Get a flu shot.
  • Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue anytime you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not handy, cough or sneeze into your arm (rather than your hand). Always wash your hands or use hand-sanitizer afterward.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Always clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.
  • Regularly disinfect and clean commonly touched surfaces: kitchen counters, bathroom counters, doorknobs, desks, phones, computer keyboards, and so on.
  • If you have the flu, stay home and avoid going to school or work – where it can spread too many people very easily.
  • Consume antioxidant-rich foods, take vitamins, and use other methods to boost your immune system.

These are just a few, but very important ways to help prevent you from getting the flu this year. If you have questions about the flu, how to prevent it, or how to treat it, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and let us know.

Flu Treatment Options

Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to completely prevent you from getting the flu. The treatment you are recommended by a doctor will vary based on the severity of your flu symptoms and the quantity of flu symptoms you’re exhibiting.

  • Get your flu shot or vaccination.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
  • Let yourself rest by listening to your body (e.g., if you feel like you need to stay in bed, then that may be the best thing your body needs, beyond what the doctor prescribes for you).
  • Use a humidifier to breathe in extra moisture and ease nasal congestion. Inhaling steam in a steamy shower is a great alternative.
  • Cough drops can help with sore throats and easing a cough.
  • Visit your doctor to get personalized treatment for the severity and number of flu symptoms you’re facing.

Contact us today to learn more about how you can prevent or get flu treatment. The last thing you want to be doing right now is run around without the proper flu shot (adult vaccinations), preventative measures, or treatment with the influenza epidemic sweeping all of San Diego County.

Happy Heart Health Month!

February 13, 2018

February is Heart Health Month, which means it’s the perfect time to schedule your annual wellness visit and cardiac assessment. Heart health is the key to long life and a healthy body, and NCHS wants to help you avoid one of the most preventable yet deadly diseases: cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease in the number one cause of death across the globe, resulting in more than 17 million deaths each year. In the United States alone, about 1 in every 4 deaths occurs because of heart disease. Additionally, about 735,000 people have a heart attack every year, and strokes are the contributing factor in 1 out of every 20 deaths.

Cardiac Assessments Can Lead to Better Health

While some heart diseases and problems can be congenital, the majority of cardiovascular issues are preventable. However, heart disease is considered a silent killer because many people don’t see any symptoms or experience any pain until they are having a heart attack or receiving an extreme diagnoses. A cardiac assessment can help you learn if you’re at risk for any heart problems, and it can lead you to identify an unknown issue and begin cardiac treatment before it becomes too severe or even fatal.

Knowing the risk factors and being screened for potential problems is a great first step in preventing various types of heart disease. Cardiac care professionals, like those at NCHS, can inform you of your personal risks for developing heart disease when you come in for your cardiac assessment. The general risks include the following:

  • Having a family or personal history of heart disease
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being inactive
  • Smoking
  • Eating a poor diet

If you are at risk for developing heart disease, be sure to make wise lifestyle changes and heart-healthy choices when it comes to what you consume, your activity levels, and more. Cardiac care experts can instruct you on making wise and safe changes to improve your heart health. If you are in danger of developing a heart-related issue and need cardiac treatment, the doctors at NCHS are ready to help. Cardiac treatment options will be based on an individual’s level of need and may include making lifestyle changes, taking heart medication, or having a procedure done to improve heart health.

Make Heart-Healthy Choices for Better Cardiac Health

Remember that most heart diseases are preventable, which means that your health is in your hands. Make wise choices each day about what you eat and drink, and be sure to exercise regularly. Learn about risk factors and signs of heart-related issues, and schedule your cardiac assessment soon. The cardiac care experts at NCHS would love to help you attain the healthiest heart and happiest life you can, so contact one of our many locations to set up your cardiac assessment appointment

National Children’s Dental Month

February 11, 2018

Children’s Dental Month

Every February since 1955, National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) has taken place all over the country to teach children about proper dental health and to encourage good oral hygiene. The American Dental Association (ADA) has been sponsoring the cause since its inception, beginning with a national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. Just a few short years later, the cause expanded into a month-long observance, giving parents, educators, and dentists a myriad of opportunities to talk to children about the benefits of a healthy mouth and how to keep up with good dental health.

Begin Proper Dental Care Early

All adults know that old habits die hard, and training your children to have proper oral hygiene is no different. From a young age, children should be brushing and flossing their teeth regularly, in addition to visiting a dental clinic for regular checkups. The earlier that children solidify these good habits, the easier it will be for them to maintain them throughout their lifetime, which will lead to better dental health for years to come.

Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood problem in the United States, even though it’s completely preventable. Dental decay can cause painful infections and complications, resulting in more invasive and painful dental procedures. It can also lead to problems with eating, speaking, and overall health, both now and in the future.

Learning proper dental care from an early age will boost your child’s self-esteem by helping them achieve a bright and healthy smile. It will also help them avoid preventable diseases, like gingivitis, and other health problems that stem from poor oral health. If you’re uncertain how to teach your child about good dental health, be sure to make an appointment with a local dental clinic at NCHS to speak to a dentist about how to care for baby teeth and set your child up for excellent oral health in the future. In addition, here are some things you can do to encourage healthy oral habits from the start.

  • Begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they get their first one. Use a small, soft toothbrush and water, and brush their gums and teeth to get them used to the sensation and to minimize bacteria in their mouth.
  • Utilize fluoride-free toothpaste until your child learns to spit it out, and then move to a kid-friendly, low-fluoride option. Let your child pick out his or her toothbrush and toothpaste to make the entire experience more personalized and fun!
  • Floss as soon as they have a few teeth, and do it regularly. Let them see you flossing your teeth and explain to them why it’s important to keep our mouths clean. Consider counting their teeth or singing a song while you floss to distract them from the discomfort and to allow yourself the opportunity to do a thorough job.
  • Don’t let them consume too much juice or sugary food or candy, and encourage brushing immediately after eating or drinking something high in sugar. Have your children drink water throughout the day and with meals, as this will minimize the harmful acids in the foods or other beverages that can lead to dental decay.
  • Prepare them for their first dental visit. Tell them about what’s going to happen and why, and practice playing dentist and counting each other’s teeth before you go. If they’re very apprehensive, let them come with you to your dental clinic appointment first to see that there’s nothing to be afraid of.

Take Your Child to a Dental Clinic Before Age One

A recent survey of parents and caregivers found that the average age for a child’s first dental visit was 2.6 years. Most children have 20 teeth by that age! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that parents take children to their first dental care visit before their first birthday, or at least within six months of getting their first tooth.

The main reason for a dental visit at this early age is to get the child acquainted with not only the dentist and their office, but also proper dental care and oral hygiene. It’s also an opportunity for Mom and Dad to learn how to best care for their child’s teeth now and into the future.

Many parents have the misconception that the health of baby teeth, or primary teeth, is not that important since those teeth will eventually fall out and be replaced. However, proper primary teeth health is incredibly vital for your young child, both when they’re young and when they reach adulthood. Primary teeth help children learn to correctly chew food, helping them get proper nutrition from an early age. They also save space for the permanent teeth and encourage good speech development. Most importantly, they help set the stage for lifelong oral hygiene and gum health. The earlier a child learns that brushing, flossing, and dental care visits are just a part of normal life, the better oral health they will have both now and in the future.

Make Your Child’s Dental Care Appointment Now

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, encourage your child to establish or refine their oral hygiene habits to give them the best dental health possible by making an appointment for a dental care checkup. Many of our NCHS locations have dental clinics with the best local dentists who are ready to see you and your family achieve better oral health. Make an appointment today at an NCHS dental clinic and help celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with your kids.

World Cancer Day

February 4, 2018

On February 4, the whole world will band together to bring awareness to cancer. This global day seeks to educate the entire globe’s population on the disease while encouraging individuals, families, and governments to take action and bring about change to our world’s health.

Knowledge is power, and in this case, it couldn’t be truer. Early detection is key to increasing survival rates and completely eradicating cancer, and early detection occurs more often when people have access to information and quality healthcare. More than one-third of cancers are preventable by simply making healthy choices, so the more informed the world is about their overall health and cancer prevention, the better off we all are.

Increasing Awareness

World Cancer Day began to increase awareness of cancer, including risks, prevention, treatment, and more. In 2012, 14 million people were diagnosed with cancer, and 8.2 million people died that year from the disease or disease-related complications. Cancer is the leading cause of death across the globe, and statistics show that nearly 40% of all people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime.

It’s time we put an end to the unnecessary disease. Disease prevention and awareness are incredibly important in fighting cancer, and that is the heartbeat behind World Cancer Day. Join together with those in your community to increase awareness, expand education, and improve the health and lives of those all across the world who are fighting cancer or who will be fighting it one day.

Early Detection

The biggest difference that early detection makes is the survival rate. The earlier cancer is detected, regardless of the kind, the more likely the chance of survival is for the individual. Additionally, the treatment needed to get rid of the cancer is likely to be faster, easier, and less intrusive when the cancer is discovered earlier on.

Wellness visits are the best way to stay on top of your health and ensure that you’re doing your best to decrease your risks of getting cancer. Many of the risk factors associated with cancer include general health, such as being overweight, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, poor diet, and more, so having these checked regularly with your family physician is your number one defense against cancer. Being aware of your body and making wise choices daily will help to not only keep your risk of developing cancer low but will also help you notice anything that seems “off” with your body earlier.

Make a Wellness Appointment and Initiate Health Discussions

In honor of World Cancer Day on February 4, be sure to schedule your wellness visit to your local NCHS office for yourself and your loved ones. Then initiate health discussions with those around you, including your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and more. The more we talk about cancer and bring awareness to the disease, the more people learn about what its risks are, how to prevent it, and what to do if they receive a diagnosis.

Go Red for Women!

February 2, 2018

Heart disease and strokes are the number one killer of women in America.

On February 2, 2018, the American Heart Association will engage in a passionate and emotional social initiative to encourage and empower women to learn the facts about women’s heart health, make lifestyle changes, and take control of their health.

Nearly half a million women die from heart disease and strokes every year in America, and most women were oblivious to this fact fifteen years ago. Go Red for Women was created in 2004 to raise awareness and dispel myths about heart disease in women. Prior to 2004, heart disease was thought of primarily as a disease that affected only older men, which simply isn’t the case. Only about half of women know that heart disease is the number one killer of their gender, and less than half of all women know what heart-healthy levels are when it comes to certain vitals such as blood pressure and cholesterol.

Raising Awareness and Educating the Masses

Go Red for Women aims to bring awareness and education about heart disease risks, stroke statistics, and more to women all across America. It seeks to teach women how to recognize and combat their own risks of developing heart disease and how to make heart-healthy choices to avoid this preventable disease. This day encourages women to “Go Red” by exercising regularly, eating healthier, scheduling regular doctor visits, and teaching others about heart health. It also seeks to bring attention to the day itself by encouraging women to wear red clothing, accessories, and more on February 2nd. The more that people talk about this day and what it means, the more awareness and education will make their way through the women in our country, and we’ll all be healthier for it.

Encouraging Cardiac Assessments and Providing Cardiac Care Resources

One of the keys to preventing heart disease in the first place and ensuring proper cardiac treatment after a heart disease diagnoses is regular cardiac assessments. Women may know their risk factors and they may try their best to make wise choices for their heart health, but getting a cardiac assessment and having regular wellness visits are the only ways to ensure that heart disease is not currently an issue for them.

When a woman schedules a cardiac assessment, she may undergo a series of tests or she may simply have a conversation with her doctor about her personal risk factors and overall health. If she and her doctor determine that she needs some form of cardiac treatment, they can move forward together, seeking out cardiac care resources and looking at various options to improve her health.

The doctors at NCHS are passionate about cardiac care and want to help all women live their best lives with the best heart health they can achieve. When you’re ready to schedule your cardiac assessment or if you’re ready to begin cardiac treatment for an already diagnosed issue, contact the NCHS location nearest to you and set up an appointment today.

Asthma Treatment for Children

January 30, 2018

Childhood asthma is a common ailment among today’s children; over 6 million kids suffer from asthma in some way, shape, or form. Since asthma can be either incredibly minor or very severe, it’s important that children who show any symptoms of asthma have a thorough examination to determine the cause of those symptoms. If a child is diagnosed with asthma, it’s important that the child and his or her parents learn about their different asthma management options and utilize their doctor’s advice in controlling the symptoms. Although there is no confirmed cure for child asthma, there are various treatment options and asthma medications for children that can help them manage their symptoms and live a normal life even with asthma, and our doctors at NCHS can inform parents and children of these options and help them make the best decision for them.

Symptoms of Asthma in Children

While many kids experience respiratory problems at some point in their lives, minor respiratory illnesses are not the same as asthma and they cannot be treated in the same way. Since many of the symptoms of child asthma can occur without an asthma diagnosis, it’s important to look further into the overall health and respiratory function of the child to determine the cause of the problems.

If your child has any of the following symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment with NCHS to further explore the cause.

  • Frequent coughing
  • Regular wheezing or whistling when breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or recurring congestion
  • Chest pain
  • Heavy, uncontrolled breathing during or after active play

If any of these symptoms occur at night or during or after a sports activity or other active event, child asthma could definitely be the culprit. Additionally, if these symptoms seem worse after or during a respiratory infection (such as the flu, a cold, bronchitis, etc.) or if your child seems to take longer than normal to recover from one of these illnesses, asthma may be to blame.

Once you have confirmed an asthma diagnosis, your doctor will likely work with you to determine triggers for your child’s asthma. These are simply things or events that may make breathing harder or that may bring about a full-blown asthma attack. Some kids have only one or two triggers, while other children may have multiple, and each trigger may affect your child in a different way.

Here are some triggers to look out for:

  • Sicknesses, like the cold or bronchitis
  • Air pollutants, like smoke
  • Allergens, like pollen, mold, pet dander, and dust
  • Physical activity, such as running
  • Emotional reactions, like crying, yelling, or laughing
  • Weather changes

Dangers of Asthma

Since asthma deals primarily with respiratory function and directly affects breathing, it can be incredibly dangerous if not managed properly or if an asthma attack occurs without prompt action being taken to resolve it. Asthma in children can be especially scary because they don’t always understand what is happening when they have an asthma attack, and they may not be able to explain to you how they feel or that one is coming on.

Thousands of children are hospitalized due to asthma each year, and some even die from it. This is why it is so important to schedule an appointment with your care provider if you even remotely suspect that your child has asthma. Children can’t always explain how they feel or what is going on in their bodies, so it’s very important for parents to be attentive to the symptoms of child asthma in their kids.

Another way of keeping your child safe from the dangers of asthma is to know the risk factors. While these are not going to absolutely determine if your child will or won’t have asthma, they’re a good baseline to start with and they can help you identify certain problem areas.

Here are the main risk factors for child asthma:

  • A family history of asthma, allergies, and similar conditions
  • Exposure to tobacco smoke
  • Living in an area with high air pollution
  • Chronic respiratory issues
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Previous allergic reactions (skin, food, or seasonal)
  • Having heartburn

If you can minimize the controllable risks, your child will have a healthier life, even if they do end up with an asthma diagnosis since many of these risks are also triggers.

Asthma Treatment at NCHS

The goal for any asthma sufferer is to keep symptoms well-maintained. This means that asthma attacks are minimal in both frequency and severity, there are no limitations on physical activity, symptoms are infrequent or completely gone, and the child rarely (if ever) uses a rescue inhaler.

Asthma medications for children typically consist of inhalers and some oral medications. Oftentimes, doctors will recommend a few combination asthma medications for children so that they can determine which is the most effective treatment for that particular child and their severity of asthma. Additionally, some children may only need a rescue inhaler for occasional episodes while others need daily pills, regular breathing treatments, and rescue inhalers.

Whatever the case may be for your situation, asthma in children can be well-controlled and well-managed, and your child can maintain a normal and healthy life even with asthma. Children and parents alike rave about NCHS’s child asthma doctors, and we encourage every person who suspects that a loved one has asthma to make an appointment today. We will work side by side with you and your child to ensure you get the best care and treatment for child asthma.

2018 Top Health Tips!

January 25, 2018

Ready to make 2018 your healthiest year yet?

Utilize these tips to help get you closer to your goal. 

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