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Asthma Program

Pulmonology

Phoenix Children’s provides expert care for children with asthma, including severe forms of the disease. They will help you understand what causes your child’s asthma attacks and develop a personalized treatment plan to help your child:

  • Avoid triggers that can cause an asthma attack
  • Recognize early warning signs
  • Treat asthma attacks with medication

Most children who come to Phoenix Children’s for asthma care see providers in the general pulmonology clinic. These children have mild to moderate asthma and can manage their condition by avoiding triggers and taking medication.

Severe Asthma Clinic

Some children have asthma that is more difficult to treat. These children may experience severe asthma attacks that require a trip to the emergency department or a hospital stay. Our experienced team of specialists is here to help with the Severe Asthma Clinic.

The Severe Asthma Clinic team includes experts from several departments, including:

Clinic appointments include time with a doctor who specializes in allergy and immunology and a doctor or nurse practitioner who specializes in pulmonology — all in one convenient location. These providers conduct a thorough evaluation and offer advanced therapies to help your child manage their asthma successfully.

Helping Your Child Avoid Asthma Attacks

Researchers are still studying what causes asthma. Many factors may play a role, including:

  • Genetics: Asthma runs in families.
  • Allergies: Some allergies are more common in people with asthma.
  • Respiratory infections: Infants and young children who have some respiratory infections are more likely to have long-term lung problems.
  • Environmental factors: Irritants, like pollution and allergens, are known to cause asthma.

Our care team will help you and your child learn about the triggers that can cause an asthma attack or make it worse. Each child has different triggers, which can include:

  • Allergens, such as pollen, dust and pets
  • Upper respiratory infections, such as colds or the flu
  • Inhaled irritants, such as secondhand smoke
  • Certain weather conditions, such as cold air
  • Exercise or physical activity
  • Emotion, such as crying, laughing or yelling
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