Symptoms and causes

What is it?

Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways. Asthma, depending on the definition used, affects 5% to 20% of school-age children, making it the most common chronic disorder among children in Western countries.

We distinguish various types of asthma:

  • Allergic asthma: in this case, the respiratory problems are caused or worsen when the person comes in contact with stimuli to which he or she is allergic, such as dust mites or certain grasses and/or trees. Allergens in food can also negatively impact asthma.
  • Non-allergic asthma: in this case, your asthma is not caused by allergic stimuli. Triggering factors in this case could be, for example, cold or exhaustion gases.
  • Exercise induced asthma: asthmatic symptoms are triggered during or after the exercise.

Symptoms

Asthma is characterised by the following symptoms: shortness of breath, a cough and/or wheezing.

Diagnosis and treatment

Diagnosis

  • extensive anamnesis and clinical research
  • any additional testing with skin tests and lung function examinations performed by our nursing staff

Treatment

  • discussion of the results and creating a personalised treatment plan
  • information and demonstration on the use of medication

Educational videos

See here how to help your child breath correctly.

Treatment centres and specialisations

Paediatrics

Latest publication date: 21/01/2021
Supervising author: Dr Degraeuwe Jelle