Help, now I am scared!

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 3:46pm
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I was just reading past post looking for things on medications for asthma, allergy, and excema and came across something that said Combivent Aersol may contain peanut oil. I am scared b/c it's one in the morning and I just gave my daughter a dose of it to relieve her coughing and wheezing. I didn't even think to read the box (which I will go dig through the trash to look for) since my allergist gave me a sample this morning (it's just natural to trust they know what's going on) and instructed me to use as needed for coughing and wheezing. She had her second asthma attack this morning which was scary for all of us. She is three and pa, tree nut, and egg allergic. She suffers from severe excema and today was put on 8 different things to treat all of them. Has anyone ever been on or had their children on that many medications? She is on Zyrtec regularly in the morning a stronger antihistimine at night to control itching and help her sleep, a prescribed moisterizer plus Elidel for excema,an antibiotic to clear up any infection caused by the excema, singular once a day for cough, a steriod for 4 days and then the combivent inhaler as needed for coughing and wheezing. I hate giving her all of these at once even though I suffer from asthma and know they will help. If anyone could give me some feedback on these medications and the combination of all of them I would be grateful. Especially the Combivent. I am scared she will react and I will be asleep. I put her in my bed so that I could moniter her breathing for the night but after reading that Combivent may contain peanut oil I am scared to sleep. Whatever should I do? I also feel responsible for the attack b/c I used a different shampoo last night and then not thinking it could be a connection to the labored breathing I used it again tonight. I thought about it after the fact and considered re-washing her hair with her old shampoo but decided that it probably wouldn't help. Now what if that was a mistake and I gave her a medication that may harm her. I feel like such a bad mother. I am so paranoid with all of this bad stuff.
Thanks for letting me ramble.

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 9:13pm
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Hi there.
Oh my goodness. I remember so clearly that fear. How old is your child? My son is 8 now and he too suffered from severe eczema (head to toe) until he was almost 2. At that time he also had severe asthma and took and antihistamine at bedtime. We just couldn't get his asthma or eczema under control at all for the longest time. I too would sleep with him so I could monitor his breathing. I would second guess everything I did and would lay an immense amount of guilt on myself for things that looking back now were innocent enough but at the time I felt like the worst mother in the world. I also know and I'm sure you can relate that I was incredibly tired at the time. I wasn't sleeping well which didn't help me in thinking clearly. My son now is completely eczema free (still has dry skin but just mild). People used to tell me that his skin would be scarred for life and he has a beautiful complexion. His asthma is much better now and he hasn't needed and anhistamine since the was 2 (as soon as his eczema started to clear). So there is a light at the end of the tunnel... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Sorry I can't help with the meds. Ask a pharmacist about the meds that your child is on. If they don't know right off they should be able to find out for you.
But above all don't guilt yourself. This is a hard time for you as well.
Hang in there! You're a good mom!
Shel

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 10:54pm
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I am so sorry you are going through all this. My 2 1/2 year old is just now almost excema free. When he was about a year old his excema was so bad that he was hospitalized for the massive skin infections. It can get better! For Ben the elidil did not work at all, Protopic is like a magic eraser for him. What really made the difference for him was a very simple diet on one ingredient foods. We stuck with that for months then slowly added more complex foods. It made it obvious what aggrevated his skin. I often joke that he is allergic to anything with more then 6 ingredients. I do think he has a hard time with preservatives.
I just want you to know that although it seems horrible now, I haven't heard of any kiddos staying as bad as yours is and mine was.
Ann

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 11:19pm
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It's ok to be scared. This is your daughter and the most precious creature on earth. You are a great Mom and doing everything you can to help her. The lack of sleep can definitely make you more nervous and second guess yourself but don't do it.
My daughter was also on several medications at the same time for bad ezcema and asthma. You are right, however, to question the number and combination of medications. For instance, months after my daughter was taken off of a few of the medications I learned that if she was taking an oral antibiotic for one condition it rendered the topical antibiotics less effective.
Like the previous person said - there is a light at the end of the tunnel. My daughter's ezcema is much better and the asthma has improved as well.
We tried many different things before we hit the right combination for easing the ezcema. Please feel free to e-mail me and I'll be happy to share our regime.

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 11:48pm
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benmadwood - I think it is the "Atrovent" that contains peanut oil; I don't think it is the Combivent. I remember this being discussed here somewhere. Try doing a search, or perhaps the PDF is online? (Physicians Desk Reference which lists pharmaceutical ingredients).

Posted on: Fri, 02/21/2003 - 2:29am
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I did a search and re-raised the thread- "Unusual or unexpected Sources of peanuts" for you.

Posted on: Sun, 03/02/2003 - 12:50pm
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Thank all of you for replying to my questions. I haven't been back on the computer in over a week but was eager to read what everyone thinks. My daughter just turned three and now I am hopeful that her skin will clear. It sounds like with your children and theirs clearing up there is hope for her. She is doing a lot better and I am sure I caused the asthma attack by washing her hair in a new shampoo. As soon as I rewashed it the next morning her breathing got so much better. Just in time for a play date. I am so grateful there are others out there to provide support and answers. I hate it for the kids and parents but it's good for all of us to have others to validate our feelings and fears.
Brooke

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