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Asthma and Partners In Pediatrics Important Role

Asthma is the most common chronic pediatric condition affecting one out of every ten to twenty children, depending on the population. Not unlike heart disease in adults, asthma has a heavy health impact and considerable medical costs. It also accounts for many ER and urgent care visits along with missed days of school and work in families afflicted with it.

The providers at Partners In Pediatrics have always used the most current medical recommendations to help manage those children with asthma. Along with these up-to-date medical decisions, we have an arsenal of patient information to help keep your child’s asthma under control. As an example, we regularly create “asthma action plans” so you can keep up with which medicine to give your child when they are struggling with their symptoms. When indicated, we collaborate with pediatric asthma sub-specialists to provide the best asthma care for our patients.

In addition, Partners In Pediatrics is excited to announce their involvement, in conjunction with the Children’s Hospital and Colorado Pediatric Partners (an organization of premier pediatric practices here in Denver), in creating a computerized registry of asthmatic patients. The information collected in our office will be used to provide our patients with more effective asthma care. Specific patient information is not shared with insurance companies. The invaluable input provided will be collected and compared to establish nationally recognized benchmarks for the treatment of asthma. If your child has suffered from a chronic cough or multiple bouts of “wheezing” let us know the next time you are in the office as your child might have more than just recurrent “colds.” Do not be surprised if you are invited to join the asthma registry and certainly let us know if you would like to participate next time you are in the office!

HAY FEVER/PERENNIAL ALLERGIES/ENVIRONMENTAL RHINITIS

Description/Physiology

Hay fever is a very common problem in children and adults. Triggers are often easy to treat when they can be identified. However, there may be dozens of triggers, which are called allergens. Allergens are small molecules our body recognizes as foreign, and its response to them is called the allergic response. Many of the allergens are seasonal (for example, weeds, pollens, grasses, etc.). Hay fever is the name of allergic symptoms from these seasonal allergens. A perennial allergy is the name for allergies caused by non-seasonal allergens (for example, dog and cat dander). Environmental rhinitis is a condition in which similar symptoms are triggered by non-allergens, such as pollutants and irritants in the air (for example, cigarette smoke, air pollution, etc.). Hay fever, perennial allergies, and environmental rhinitis are triggered when an allergen or irritant enters the respiratory tract through the mouth, nose, or eyes. Once settled there, it irritates the mucous membranes that line these areas, creates inflammation, and stimulates the release of histamine. This inflammation and histamine release cause swelling, redness, mucous production, itching, sneezing, and watery eyes.

Causes/Epidemiology

There are dozens of agents that can trigger these reactions. For hay fever, the most common are tree, grass, and weed pollen. For perennial allergies, common triggering events would include animal dander, dust, mold, feathers, etc. For environmental rhinitis, triggers could include dry air, cigarette smoke, chemical fumes, and smoke. Also, food allergies may trigger hay fever-like symptoms. 
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