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Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 7:19am
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My PA son is asthmatic. I read a study several years ago (maybe 3 years ago) that stated that 74% of PA children also have asthma. I don't remember where I read it, sorry.

Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 7:21am
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I had another PA parent contact me who allowed me to post this information. Her child is PA with NO asthma.
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Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 9:10am
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My daughter is PA/TNA and does not have asthma. As a baby and up to aabout four years old, she had several incidents of wheezing and croup. She would take albuterol syrup and it would clear up fairly well.
We got rid of our dog and put in wood floors and got the food allergies diagnosed and she has not had any problems since.
Linda

Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 9:47am
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Cayley does not have asthma at this point, but last time she had a respiratory virus, the doctor noted that her wheeze had "an asthmatic component". Several close relatives have asthma, so it wouldn't surprise me if Cayley developed it, but I'm obviously hoping she doesn't.
As was noted above, uncontrolled/unmanaged asthma and PA are a deadly combination. Asthma management must be tailored to each individual case - what works for you might not work for your child, for example. Children's lungs are still developing, so it is vital that a good doctor get your child's asthma under control, before permanent lung damage results. My sister's asthma was out of control for so long (first misdiagnosed, then under-treated) that she now has only 40% functional lung capacity. We can't even share a good joke or watch a funny movie, because she starts to wheeze when she laughs. It is tragic - her damage is irreversible - the management came too late. Please, anyone who suspects his/her child's asthma is out of control, get to a doctor ASAP. Constant treatment with preventative medication is essential in some cases. Just because a child isn't wheezing doesn't mean the asthma is gone - it's a chronic illness. I'm sorry if I'm coming across a lecturing busybody, but I know my sister wishes she could turn back the clock and ask for more aggressive treatment. Let's hope they develop better and safer long-term treatments, and let's also hope for an eventual cure - the research is taking place, thankfully.
Naomi - I especially didn't mean to lecture you - I'm just sharing my viewpoint. I wish you best of luck at your allergist appointment. Please let us know how it goes.

Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 10:36am
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My son has had asthma since he was 6 months (he's now two) The doctor's used to call it RAD or reactive airway disease, but they have lately been calling it asthma. He had breathing problems long before we knew he was PA/Tn/Latex allergic. He takes a slew of medications, some of which seem to help, some I don't know. The one med that seems to have made a difference is Pulmicort. It is a fairly new nebulized steroid. We use lots less albuterol now than before.

Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 10:41am
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My pa son (just turned 4 last month)has mild asthma. I say "mild" because it's not a problem all the time. He has problems in the spring and fall or if he catches a cold/virus during the winter. We finally got a diagnosis last month from his new pediatrician after we had to take him in because of a terrible cough.
I didn't start him on the breathing treatments right away because I didn't hear him wheezing. (Last fall he had audible wheezing and obvious breathing difficulties along with the horrible cough) The new pediatrician said it was imperative to start the treatments as soon as the coughing starts. He could hear the wheezes with the stethoscope. I should have known better but I'm still getting used to this. I'm still learning the triggers and the treatments. Deanna

Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 12:23pm
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Hi all! I have an 8 1/2 yr old son. Diagnosed with asthma,MA,and PA at 2 1/2. Has 8 known environmental allergies. He is presently taking claritin reditabs, singulair 10mg,serevent 2 puffs 2X a day, Maxair 2 puffs when needed, Rhinocort. This doesn't include his meds for the nebulizer or when he takes cortisone. Thank god he didn't take cortisone last year. I asked the doctor to give him a mast-cell inhibitor in the summer to prevent full blown symptoms in the fall. My mother died at 66 from complications of Chronic Bronchial Asthma, My husband takes Singulair 10 mg for his asthma. Looks like the kid is not growing out of this one.

Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 12:50pm
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Obviously I have not checked into this thread in awhile!! I want to thank Cayleysmom and Cindy for being concerned for my son. I will try to explain my son's situation a bit better. Last year when I took my son into the allergist he inquired about persistent coughing. My mind was so wasted from researching about PA and crying through the night that my son was PA I could not even remember my son ever coughing so I replied NO. The allergist prescribed Zyrtec for him to be taken every night. (He also has a severe allergy to dust mites and I will find out about other environmentals next week) About two days later we were sitting on the couch and he was reading a book to me and about every other sentence he would start coughing alot and would have to stop and take a drink. In hindsight, he had been doing this for months! At that time I then attributed it to the fact that I used to eat peanuts and cashews in the house and thought that it was from that and we did our best to clean the carpets, air out the house, wash down everything ...ect. Around June his coughing spells basically stopped and we thought that it was the end of them. Beginning in August they started up full force again. I took him to the pediatrician for a well-child checkup and she gave us an Albuteral Inhaler and explained to us that 'kids with allergies' tend to develop odd coughs. Basically she said to try it and see if it helps. The inhaler did wonders for him. Within minutes of using it his cough would be gone! If I hestitated using the inhaler (which I often did because I doubted that it might be asthma since there was never any wheezing) his spells would last for more then 45 minutes. Somewhere around that time I did take him to the allergist who performed an exercise induced test which he tested negative for and the allergist commented that he may have RAD. At the beginning on winter, around Nov., his coughing spells stopped again. At the end of November we traveled to NC and he was miserable. His eyes were swollen and puffy and his cough was constant! But the inhaler worked wonders. His coughing attacks became more constant but I started to wonder if I was using the inhaler too often and maybe it was just a respiratory illness. I made an appt. with the pediatrician and when they tried to have him blow into the peak flow meter he could not stop coughing. She basically commented that yes, he may have asthma and prescribed me with another inhaler. No one has ever told me when to use it and when not to. My basic instinct when he starts coughing (he also clears his throat when it is starting) is to watch the clock for five minutes to see if it stops before this...many times it does and many times it doesn't. Will the inhaler help a cough that is viral related and not an asthma attack? Last winter he would begin coughing uncontrollably any time we would go into the cold air. A few weeks ago he could have used the inhaler twice but I did not have them with me. Is it still asthma even though it stops after 30 minutes without medicine? Cindy, the only time he is off the antihistamine is if he happens to fall asleep in the car at night on our way home from a night out or when his prescription runs out and I have to call to get a refill. But I am dreading him being off it for 5 days before we go to the allergist. Amazingly I do not know if asthma runs in my family (I know my allergies do but I am adopted so I have no clue about my side). I guess that when I said it was uncontrolled asthma it is because it is happening often and I still feel uninformed about it. I am going to write down every question that I have this time before I go to the allergist...though this is a long and hectic story too.

Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 1:49pm
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I had another PA parent contact me who gave me permission to post her information here.
Her son has not officially been diagnosed with asthma but he does have reactive airways. He is also PA.
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Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 2:13pm
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I did a bit of a tally of the answers we have had so far to this one and it would appear that we have 12 PA children with asthma. We have 10 PA children without asthma. We have 2 PA children who we are not clear if they have asthma or not.
Cayley's Mom, you had mentioned that uncontrolled asthma & PA were not a good combination. Does this mean that if you or your child's asthma is well controlled that this lessens their chance of dying during an anaphylactic reaction?
NaomiR., you had asked the question if the inhaler would help during a virus. Yes. Both of my children have been diagnosed as asthmatic although I really think it is only Jesse (another story). However, when they have a virus, which is the only time Jesse has ever had an asthma attack and was finally diagnosed as asthmatic after having two of them, we "up" the doses of puffers automatically, especially for Jesse.
This could mean that he could get 2 puffs of his reliever puffer (Ventolin) and 1 puff of his preventative puffer (Flovent) every 4 - 6 hours when he has a virus. I believe this knowledge has prevented many a trip to the emergency department with him.
My daughter, who I am questioning the diagnosis of asthma with, was first given puffers when she also had a virus because of difficulty with her breathing that the doctor could hear. She is only on a preventative puffer (Flovent). However, when she gets a virus (like now), I also put her back on the preventative puffer (Ventolin). It is also her that I notice has the worst of what I would consider a night time asthmatic cough with a big WHOOP in there when they both have a cold. However, I am planning this spring to wean her gradually from the preventative puffer and see if she does, in fact, need them all the time or perhaps only when a virus strikes.
It is now part of parcel that each time my children catch a cold, which can be every month from September 'til May that we have to go and see the doctor to have their chests checked (as I call it). With Jesse's last asthma attack, the doctor in emerg even had difficulty hearing his wheeze and he was kept in the hospital for two days.
This is why I often say that asthma is more difficult to deal with than PA.
NaomiR., I completely understand where you're coming from and I do apologize for the barrage of questions I posted for you. I am just SO concerned for your little guy and you. I had a friend here who has three children with uncontrolled asthma and although I have given her as much information as possible re asthma and pointed out the various triggers in her home (I've written about her before on this board), her children still have uncontrolled asthma and their Mother is still not removing any of the triggers. I just find it quite odd. What's more sad is that one of the children in particular is not doing well in school because he is so tired from not having slept through the night because he spent most of it up coughing. I am NOT suggesting that you are in any way like this woman. I just feel SO sorry when I hear wee ones with "the cough".
Also, I'd like to point out that I am certainly no expert about asthma. I receive a lot of information from different places about it and have figured out fairly well I think Jesse's triggers. But, please let me tell you that when he has a cold, I am one scared Mom. I am forever going in there checking his chest to see if he is breathing okay. After almost three years, I'm still trying to figure out exactly what belly breathing is on this extremely slender little guy. And, of course, it always happens late at night when it seems as though no help is available. Please do not think I'm an expert re asthma. Far from it. I'm not an expert about PA either but, for the most part, I find PA not as scary. I can't explain that stance exactly except for the feelings I've described above when Jesse does have a cold.
At least with an anaphylactic reaction, I know FOR SURE, no question about it. With asthma, it is so difficult to pinpoint.
I'm sorry to have barraged you with the questions. I hope that I didn't make you feel like BAD MOMMY because I recognize that you may be feeling not too great about this situation to begin with. Again, could I suggest that whatever questions you are going to ask your allergist that you also get in contact with the person from The Asthma Society and work back and forth with them re the very same questions?
I always have difficulty when I go into the doctor's office with my two children. Even if I go in with one, I have difficulty asking the questions on my list and getting them answered as fully as I would like them to be.
Last year, I really couldn't figure out why Jesse was on three asthma puffers. Through the computer, during whatever quiet time I had (and that could be in the middle of the night), I was able to contact The Asthma Society and give great detail to an Asthma consultant who went through each question with me. The woman I dealt with helped me immensely. Now, of course, they do advise that whatever decisions you make that you discuss them with your doctor as they are not doctors. But, I found that because I was able to take the time and think out the question clearly and get it out clearly without the disruption of the children, that I got wonderful answers back. I was able to cut one of the puffers out completely and lessen the amount of puffs that he was receiving of the other two puffers. I thought very highly of them and that's why I definitely recommend trying to contact one of the consultants, especially if you have the same difficulty in the doctor's office that I do.
Again, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to barrage you with questions. I am just SO concerned for you.
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