Asthma

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/1999 - 3:49am
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I was wondering if anyone's child also suffers from asthma. My Sean has egg/peanut anaphylaxis and also seems to suffer from severe bouts of asthma. The allergist has put him on breathing treatments 3x a day for prevention. When he is wheezing however, he has me use the albuterol instead. He has been hospitalized with pneumonia 2x in his 16 months of life and has many other breathing difficulty incidents. I would appreciate if anyone can tell me if this is common with children who suffer from allergies? Thanks Lynda

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/1999 - 8:40am
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Lynda, Allergic asthma is on the increase. I have had asthma for over 40 years including over 20 years of poor or no treatment and that is why it sounds to me as if your son is not receiving adequate preventative therapy and his asthma is out of getting out of control. There is an abundance of medications around for asthma. Is he taking an inhaled steroid? Is he taking it properly (getting the medication down into the lungs is very important). Albuterol is a bronchodilator and should be used for wheezing but the point is to prevent the wheezing episodes or flares 9or at least so many). Infection can trigger an exaceberation of asthma and these type of exacebations can last quite long. Over the years, I seen many doctors about this and some are better than others. You might want to shop around. I have found respiratory physicans tend to overmedicate (since the don't always focus on the allergic component). The best advice I've had is to compare asthma with diabetes, take just enough medication to prevent symptoms and take more as soon as you need it and to take charge of the disease. Avoid cigarette moke and smog etc. Don't wear any perfume. Good luck.

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/1999 - 8:48am
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Oh I forgot, have you any pets, cats, dogs, birds etc? They can be problematic. Also (sounds silly), a lot of allergen get caught up in hair and when you put your head on a pillow you can create a nice little pocket of allergens to sleep on. Frequent hair washing can help in cases of airborne allergens.

Posted on: Tue, 04/27/1999 - 12:01pm
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Eileen...thanks for the information. Sean is on preventive treatment 3x a day. The albuterol is used when he is wheezing (the past three days have been bad). I was told by his allergist to use the mask. His allergist is testing him now for other allergies from the environment including dog dander (we have a dog). His allergist is personal friends with Dr. Sampson and suggested that if I want a second opinion, I should go see Dr. Sampson. At this time, I am quite comfortable with his treatment of Sean. I just am overwhelmed between the peanut/egg anaphylaxis and the asthma. He is just a little baby. Thanks again! [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 04/28/1999 - 6:10am
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Hi, my son Troy has asthmatic episodes that accompany upper respiratory infections or that occasionally are exercise induced. The good news is that these episodes have decreased as he has gotten older. He is four and one-half now and during this past winter's cold and flu season he did not have to be hospitalized for asthma at all, nor did we make any emergency runs to the hospital. Other years he has developed pneumonia, RSV, and had severe asthma episodes that have involved hospitalization for up to one week at a time. He did develop asthma with most of the colds he suffered from but it was manageable and we are hoping that as his lungs mature, he will continue to suffer less. I know that children do not always grow out of asthma and that sometimes asthma is a daily, lifelong condition but there seems to be hope for Troy and I hope that there is for your child as well. By the way, my husband has chronic asthma which is well controlled and which does not interfere with our lifestyle choices. He developed it while in university and has had only two severe episodes in twenty years. I hope this information helps, asthma is a scary word because we hear so much of the bad news and not enough about persons who live with it with only minimal concern.
Take care, Kathryn.
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Posted on: Wed, 04/28/1999 - 3:11pm
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Kathryn: Thanks for the ray of hope! [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I pray that my Sean also grows out of this asthma. Lynda

Posted on: Sat, 07/24/1999 - 11:28pm
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Lynda,
My son also has multiple food allergies incuding the ones your son has. His allergists work together in trying to keep asthma under control. His is exercised induced, exposure to sudden cold induced, exposure to environmental allergies, and induced by having eaten a food he is allergic to. I had my son on two puff twice a day of two different preventives for his recurrent asthma cough. It finallly went away and now I am trying to reduce the dosages as instructed by John Hopkin's allergist. However his wheeze/ cough wants to sneak back.
Does your son have dry skin, atopic dermatitis? I hope not. As I am rather aggressive with asthma treatments because the doctor's believe having the asthma under control reduces some of the risks of breathing difficulties if he were to go into anaphylaxis from accidental injestion of food allergen.
Take care,
JanB
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Posted on: Sun, 07/25/1999 - 4:00am
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Jan...thanks for your reply. Sean's atopic dermatitis is few and far between. As an infant however, he had bad bouts of dry skin on his face with peeling and cracking. I am sure glad that is gone. Like you, I am aggressive with the asthma. I immediately take him to the doctor if I have the slightest suspiscion that he is wheezing. I feel the same way in regards to his breathing in case of anaphylaxis. I know that if he was ever exposed while having a bout of asthma, he would be in serious trouble since during full blown attacks he has alot of difficulty breathing to begin with. Lynda

Posted on: Sun, 07/25/1999 - 12:23pm
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linda, my son also suffers from asthma and has anaphylaxis to egg /peanut He is three and a half. In the past every time he would get a cold it would turn into a major asthmatic event. He has had pneumonia several times. His asthma has gotten better. WE understand his triggers better and react more quickly and We have made many changes/improvements to our home to help decrease allergen exposure. We removed most of the carpet in our home and replaced it with laminated wood flooring. WE have an air cleaner in his bedroom, etc. We gave our dog away, after we learned he was allergic to pet dander. All of these improvements have made a major difference. My son doesn't have the coughing fits he had all last spring. Giving our dog away was very difficult, But my son has actually gotten through 2 colds without an asthma flare up. And the first night we put the air cleaner in his room he slept an hour longer. I thought it was a coincidence at first but 6 months later he is sleeping better then ever. Dr. Wood has written a book on the subject of controlling allergens and eliminating triggers.
Patty

Posted on: Sun, 07/25/1999 - 2:04pm
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Wow...Patty you and I have such a similiar situation. Sean is egg/peanut/treenut anaphylaxis and also has the asthma which is more severe with colds. He has had pneumonia 2x already in his 19 months of life. We too got rid of our dog and have made other changes within our home. We will continue to make the necessary changes in our home that help to make and keep Sean well. Lynda [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 07/25/1999 - 9:48pm
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So far Evan has not be diagnosed with asthma, but we had a VERY tough spring with the environmental allergens. Evan is allergic to eggs, peanuts, dust mites, mold, some grasses, oak, maple, and the list goes on. April/May/June were horrible for him. In May we went to Florida for 9 days and his "recovery" was miraculous. This was due to the Florida "tree blooming" season being in February. When we got back it all started again. During all of this, he coughed like crazy, had rattling mucous in his chest. I could not get rid of this. I finally had an appointment with his allergist to get the skin prick test done again. He heard him and thought he was very wheezy. He gave him a breathing treatment in the office (which did not work) and put him on albuterol which did wonders in about 3 days. I asked the allergist if Evan now had asthma and he said "no, not yet." I think a child has to have a certain number of documented episodes prior to the "asthma label" being given. One of the reasons we are doing allergy injections is to avoid reactive asthma caused by constant assault to his airways. I hope it works. Evan is also allergic to dog dander. We just found that one out this past May. I do have a 14 year old dog at home that I cannot give away; however, we will not be replacing her. She has just started with some kidney failure so I don't think she will be with us much longer. I also bought an air cleaner for his room and I think it has made quite a difference. I hardly notice any nighttime coughing anymore.
Christine

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