PA and Asthma??

Posted on: Wed, 01/08/2003 - 6:37am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Just curious, someone told me that food allergies and asthma go hand in hand. So far, my PA son hasn't showed any signs of having asthma, but he's only two. If your child is PA and has asthma, at what age did their asthma start or did you start noticing symptoms? Thanks!


Posted on: Wed, 01/08/2003 - 7:24am
Love my C's picture
Joined: 04/03/2002 - 09:00

Hi Carson's Mommy,
Welcome to the board!
My son was diagnosed on his 3rd year check-up w/ exercise induced asthma. I noticed about 2-3 weeks before his 3rd birthday that whenever he would run around inside or outside, he would get this strange little cough that got worse the more active he became and would go away if he would rest.
He is now 4 yrs. old and exertion, such as running, giggle fits or crying hard, as well as weather changes, environmental allergies, viruses, and cold dry air are also triggers for his asthma.
There are others here who do not have asthma along w/ their peanut allergy. I hope that is the case for your son.
Take care!

Posted on: Wed, 01/08/2003 - 7:31am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Our three year old's story is exactly the same as Love my C's, but our started with a few bouts of croup as well, and she was 2 when she was diagnosed with "reactive airway disease" which is a fancy word for asthma for kids under 4 I think. She's on daily asthma meds for prevention, and it's controlled.

Posted on: Wed, 01/08/2003 - 8:48am
Codyman's picture
Joined: 08/14/2002 - 09:00

My daughter is 5 years old and developed eczema around 3 weeks of age, she was diagnosed with her peanut allergy at age 2 and then at age 2 1/2 years started with Asthma.
I was told that if an infant develops eczema then develops a food allergy they have an 80%-90% chance of developing asthma before the age of 5 years.
My son is 3 years and developed eczema at age 2 months and then asthma at 4 months of age. He hasn't been tested for peanut allergy yet ... will be in February but I won't be surprised if he tests positive for it.

Posted on: Wed, 01/08/2003 - 8:59am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Carson's Mommy,
I have learned through a lot of pneumonia, bronchitis, croup(like 4 times a year) with my twins, but especially with my non-pa twin daughter.
She never just got the sniffles with a cold, it always led into pneumonia, bronchitis, neub. treatments to help her breathe, like Love my C said, crying episodes(omgoodness so true, I would say to my dh..."don't get her upset")she would cry, cough and vomit.
She later developed an epidsode of exercise induced asthma when she was riding her bike, swinging on swings, started coughing and vomitting.) My family doctor kept on saying let's try asthma meds.
I took her to my pa. son's allergist(who does treat asthma)and he didn't think she needed asthma meds. My daughter was frothing at the mouth at night(because she couldn't breathe through her nose).
Goodness, the amount of nights in the garage, or in the bathroom with the hot shower going to help her breathe through croup from age 1-3, the pneumonia, and bronchitis, that hardly shows up anymore due to the fact she has been on daily asthma meds for a year now.
I just have to say,
Let them breathe.
Get the asthma meds. in them won't stunt their growth. If they are little to begin with it's not the asthma meds, deterring them from growing any bigger, really.
So in reality, because I'm a big reader, Yes I do believe allergies and asthma go hand in hand..with pa.son started asthma meds. last year at age 4. Chronic cough for him. Likewise colds always turned into pneumonia, bronchitis until he started his asthma meds.
[This message has been edited by smack (edited January 09, 2003).]

Posted on: Wed, 01/08/2003 - 9:17am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Both my boys have asthma; one is PA, the other isn't. My PA son's respiratory woes started long before we knew about PA. He had croup for the first time at 4 1/2 months, asthma at 9 months. They both also have eczema.

Posted on: Wed, 01/08/2003 - 10:49am
Kim M's picture
Joined: 06/09/2001 - 09:00

My DD is 4yo, and had her first (and only) peanut reaction at 14mos. At around 1yo she had a cold that lasted and lasted with a horrible cough, the doctor diagnosed her with bronchospasms and she was on albuterol for a while. She has mild eczema. I have asthma and environmental allergies, so there is a strong family history, and I was pretty much resigned to her developing full blown asthma.
However, here's the good news: she has not had a recurrence of the bronchospasms or any other asthma symptoms since then. So even with the PA, family history and other risk factors, I am very hopeful that she will dodge the asthma bullet. Always room for hope.

Posted on: Wed, 01/08/2003 - 10:56am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

My son suffered from asthma last year when he was 4, including two trips to the ER.
This year so far, nothing. Not even a tiny need for a puff. His asthma was triggered by having a runny nose, and taking him out of daycare took care of that.

Posted on: Wed, 01/08/2003 - 10:56am
Rae's picture
Joined: 03/28/2000 - 09:00

My oldest PA dd (9)was diagnosed with asthma at 4, but now hasn't had any symptoms for 4 years. My younger PA dd (6) has never had asthma symptoms. Both had eczema as infants - present.

Posted on: Wed, 01/08/2003 - 1:07pm
tracy's picture
Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

My 5 year old has always had really bad eczema since he was a baby and had a bad reaction to peanuts when he was 13 months old (vomiting, swelling and hives). He tested as a 5 on the RAST test at that time, but he has not had another reaction yet (we've been good about keeping him away from peanuts). He does not have asthma.
None of the doctors we've taken him to have ever said he would develop asthma --and I've never heard about the 80-90% chance of him getting it.
For what it's worth...

Posted on: Wed, 01/08/2003 - 1:51pm
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Hi Amy,
My 18 year old son has had asthma forever and his PA forever. He has mostly outgrown his asthma but he keeps a pretty good watch on it anyway.


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