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Local Doctors Are Treating More Children With Asthma

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Many local parents are dealing with a problem that is plaguing this area and sending children to the emergency room. Dee Griffin is here with a look at what's causing the problem and how you can save your child's life.

The changing of seasons can be beautiful on the eyes, but, trigger an ugly reaction in the body. Children's lungs can be the most vulnerable rendering them helpless and sometimes hospitalized.

Pediatrician Dr. Reginald Pilcher explains, "this is a bad year. We're seeing more wheezing this year than we have. I thought last year was kind of bad. I think it has to do with the weather being a little up and down."

Dr. Reginald Pilcher is a Pediatrician with Doctor's Hospital.  He says weeds that thrived because of the wetter than normal days this past summer are causing abnormal respiratory problems in patients especially children this fall and winter. "Rag weed and the weed that really cause the pollen problem really just flourished. Then we had a drought which caused the pollen to get into the air then nothing to get rid of it," says Dr. Pilcher.

If not properly treated with medication, hundreds of children are ending up in the hospital with dangerous respiratory illnesses like pneumonia. Dr. Pilcher adds, "they will develop the inflammation, the bronchial spasms from the triggers this time of year and then you'll get a virus or bacteria in the lung and they set up for pneumonia."

While there is no cure for asthma it can be regulated with medicine like steroids.  Although it is a silent disease, Doctors are raising their voices to increase awareness of its potential danger especially on children. Pulmonologist Dr. Michael Behnia cautions, "we see a lot of deaths in this country every year because of severe asthma flair ups on top of the pneumonia. It could be very fatal."

Both Doctors emphasized the importance of not smoking around children. Tobacco products can trigger asthma and make the symptoms worse.  Always go to a Doctor if you or your child experience problems breathing.

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