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Posted on: Thu, 03/22/2001 - 9:29am
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ConcernedMom, my son had two asthma attacks which were diagnosed in the emergency department of a hospital. This led to him being diagnosed as "asthmatic". My daughter has not had an asthma attack but due to breathing difficulties she had with a virus two years ago she was diagnosed as "asthmatic". Yes, that would appear to be very unclear.
With my son's first asthma attack, I was totally unprepared, but it was recognized immediately by the intake nurse at emerg as being an asthma attack. Even when he had his second attack, I couldn't recognize it for what it was. This is why I often say that I find asthma scarier to deal with than PA most of the time.
Also, I did learn that I had wheezing bronchitis as a child. Nowadays wheezing bronchitis is diagnosed as asthma.
I know that my son is definitely asthmatic.
As for my daughter, I actually think she may not be. I will see this Spring when I begin to wean her from the one preventer puffer.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 03/29/2001 - 12:43am
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Hi Concerned Mom, my almost 3 year old son has been diagnosed with PA and asthma. The MDs diagnosed him after a series of colds that went into breathing problems and responded to a nebulizer with albuterol and liquid steriods. We were told that they usually wait until after 3 for a diagnosis of asthma and prior just call it reactive airways disease (RAD). Our specialist did not comment on the connection between PA and asthma but from being on a different website (asthmatrack.com) I learned a ton about asthma and was really prepared for our MD apt. It turns out that my son had a chronic sinus infection for 6 months that was the underlying reason for the asthma attacks. Since antibiotics - no attacks! I would encourage anyone with a child with breathing issues (cough, wheeze, etc) to log on to asthmatrack.com and learn as much as they can. Since asthma is now under 'control' for the moment, my focus is now on his severe peanut allergy!

Posted on: Mon, 04/02/2001 - 11:47am
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Both of my children with PA have asthma. My daughter was diagnosed with it at age 2 1/2 but hers is milder than my sons-mostly brought on due to her cat allergy and recently mysterious reactions. When I say milder I mean less frequent and easier to control. My son (peanut, dairy, egg, wheat and some tree nuts allergic) seemed to have breathing problems since he was only a few months old (at least I feel he did) but his pediatrican ignored my concerns regarding his breathing as well as his eczema (which was severe on his face). His new ped. diagnosed him with asthma (although she and other doctors I've spoken with admit it isn't technically called asthma until they are older-it was as good as!) at 5 months old. A month later he was diagnosed with severe food allergies after having had an anaphylactic reaction to a cracker and had to go to the emergency room. He continues to have regular problems with his asthma despite preventative medicine-but so far no hospitalizations.
My 6 year old son who is non-PA has never been diagnosed with asthma. A doctor recently described his as reactive airway. He is the one who always gets croupy when he is coming down with a virus and always ends up with a nagging persistent cough( well so do the other two but theirs is different from his). In fact, he is fighting a virus this week.....signs of croup............Let's hope he gets over this one quickly!!!
Take care
tkiaml

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 8:04am
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AFTER MY SON HAD HIS FIRST PA REACTION, MY PEDIATRICITION SENT ME TO AN ALLERGIST TO GET AN OFFICIAL DIAGNOSIS. HE TOLD ME THAT CHILDREN WITH FOOD ALLERGIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP AIRBORN ALLERIGES(DUST, POLLEN, ECT.) LATER ON. HE ADVISED ME TO TREAT HIM AS IF HE ALREADY HAD AIRBORN ALLERIES BY REMOVING OUR INSIDE CAT, KEEP THE HOUSE DUSTED, REMOVE CARPET IF POSSIBLE, ECT. I HAVE DONE A FEW OF THESE THINGS, BUT I HAVENT FOUND A PLACE FOR THE CAT YET. MY SON HAS HAD SEVERAL COLDS AND HAS A COUGH RIGHT NOW, BUT SO HAVE MY HUSBAND AND I. ITS SO HARD TO KNOW IF HE IS SIMPLY CATCHING WHAT IS GOING AROUND OR IS DEVELOPING ALLERGIES. I PRAY WE WILL BE ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES.
GOOD LUCK

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2001 - 3:01am
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Does anybody wonder if the Asthma could be related to Tide? I read on one of the discussion groups that Tide contains peanut oil and although my son has eaten peanut oil and had no reaction maybe thier is something else causing the asthma.
Just a thought........maybe a weird one.

Posted on: Wed, 04/18/2001 - 6:59am
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Gwenevere! My son was diagnosed today as having a severe peanut allergy (along with cats, dogs and sage brush). I have been thinking and pondering and wondering WHAT???? All Day! He loves peanuts! He has been severely asthmatic since he was 6 months old (now 5 1/2) and the one thing that I distinctly remember actually "causing" him to have an allergic reaction (both asthmatic, and eczema) was Tide. I used it ONE time and he broke out all over. Freaky, eh? I never used it again and asked all my relatives to stop right away, and they did. But, weird.
-Melanie
Quote:Originally posted by Gwenevere Taranto:
[b]Does anybody wonder if the Asthma could be related to Tide? I read on one of the discussion groups that Tide contains peanut oil and although my son has eaten peanut oil and had no reaction maybe thier is something else causing the asthma.
Just a thought........maybe a weird one.[/b]

Posted on: Mon, 04/23/2001 - 4:24pm
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Hi everyone. My name is Deb. I am new to this 'talk on your computer' stuff, (my first time actually), but not new to allergies/asthma/exzema. I am however surprised to hear that one can sensitize their baby by breastfeeding while eating the offending foods (I nursed mine for several years and didn't know so I feel no guilt), and certainly was very surprised to hear on this site someone giving advice that a child has a good chance to outgrow PA. After my own research, I was under the impression this was very rare. I belong to FAN. What is the latest?
Anyhow, I have a 7 1/2 year old now who is PA and pistachio allergic. (He has been banned from all nuts.) Of course he has more mild to mod allergies to dairy/wheat/soy/citrus.....He also cannot take the pertussis vaccine, no mmr's when little due to egg's which he can now eat, dogs/cats/a whole bunch of trees....
He is also a high risk asthmatic and has guess what? exzema also. My son has had several anaphalactic reactions/hospitalized for one. (He has a relative who keeps trying to 'test' him, despite my efforts to inform.)
We made trips to the ER for his asthma , sometimes twice in a night . This can be just as scary, and many times more difficult to teach his reactions as they are more subtle ,(he does not usually wheeze), at times does not even cough, he just makes no sounds and must sit to breath at all. His nut allergies are much more straight forward to recognize to others and easier to teach. I actually worry more about the asthma then I do the nut allergy, (except when he's with his one relative). (My son's class is nut free and the school is going nut free and they are very strict in following this.)The asthma has been more of an issue when my son is at school or friends.
To the new mom, you'll deal fine. It's your child. You'll learn a lot, and keep learning. You'll find a comfort zone in all that comes your way.
Does anyone know of laws concerning allergies/asthma other than related to school?
Deb

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