My Kid's Asthma

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Angeni
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   Posted 2/18/2010 1:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, I am glad to be here a part of this forum as I get to talk about Asthma and other latest research on asthma. My 4 year kid has been suffering from asthma and every year we end up in the hospital with something that has been complicated by asthma. We have attended the asthma clinic and learned ways to prevent attacks, what triggers attacks etc. I thought I was on top of the asthma until our emergency visit and then I started thinking there was probably a lot more to learn than I knew. This is such a terrible thing for anyone to have, especially children. I have started researching on asthma so that I can learn more about it which will be helpful for my kid and also for people suffering from asthma. Share your tips and suggestions related to Asthma.

Angeni

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 2/18/2010 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you have pets?Does she have access to dogs or cats?
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   Posted 2/18/2010 6:22 AM (GMT -6)   
You need to ask your ped pulmonologist which type of asthma it is. Environmental, like me, is things in the environment. I'm also a sports asthmatic. Meaning I cant exert myself in sports like running. Another thing, as hard as it is, is to get the child an allergy test. Many allergies also trigger asthma. You can get a list of things that are the most triggers for everyone, and try to eliminate that. Odd enough, I've also found that tempature can trigger mine. I have woken up in a full attack having to call 911 when my bedroom air is not circulated enough and moist enough and cold. Now, from the parent view instead of mine personal. I also have a child with asthma, he is five. I have a home nebulizer I use on both of. I know illness is a trigger of his, and allergies. If his asthma got to the point where your son is, I would be walking into my pediatric doctor's office and demanding a pulmonologist referral. I'd also demand preventive medication, which can help prevent an attack. Things like Advair, Singulair, etc. Hope all goes well, and keep us posted.
 
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Angeni
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   Posted 2/19/2010 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey SnowyLynne,

We have cats at home and he plays with them.

Angeni
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   Posted 2/19/2010 5:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey SmurfyShadow,

Thank you so much for the info. I will go to pulmonologist and check what type of asthma he has got and which triggers his asthma. Will update you on the same.

Angeni
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   Posted 2/23/2010 5:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey SmurfyShadow,

I had gone to hospital the other day.The doctor said that my son's asthma is triggered because of pets.He also said that pet's dead skin flakes, urine, feces, saliva and hair can trigger asthma. I am having pets with me and it's difficult for me to live without it.

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 2/23/2010 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Bingo!!
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Angeni
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   Posted 2/26/2010 3:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Snowlynne.

My son has been suffering from asthma when he was 2 years. Recently he got asthma attack and been hospitalized and become breathless. He has got trouble in talking also. His lips and fingernails turned bluish color. Thank god he is feeling better now.

Any suggestions to bring his asthma under control?

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 2/26/2010 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Angeni,

Please take him to your Primary doctor and say "I need a referral to a pulmonologist, I will not leave til I get one. Please do not take it personally, I feel a doctor who specializes in asthma will be the best course of action right now."

Turning blue is lack of oxygen. He is in major trouble. You need a pulmonologist. You need a allergist to run allergy tests too. My five year old is really bad with cats and dogs. Allergies DO set off asthma attacks. It does with my son. Children are the world, go get him the care. He needs a asthma doctor (pulmonologist) and needs one now. He needs help. Its up to us as mommies and daddies to get the care for our kids. If you are in Oregon, I'd be delighted to hold your hand through this. Course they would fret if they saw me in my scrubs hehe
 
Smurfy Shadow/Desirèe 
DX: Wegener's Disease, Migraines, Diabetese Type II, PCOS, Lactose Intolerant, Benign Heart Murmer, Depression, Asthma, Asperger's Syndrome, Necrotizing Gramultous Inflamation in eye, A.D.D., Acid Reflux, Tumor Behind the Eye, Carpal Tunnel, Fibromyolgia, Clasterphobic, Arthritis
Medications:  Tri Nessa, Percocet, Metformin, Prilosec, Protonix, Zantac, Advair, Cingulair, Albuterol, Calcium + Vitamin D, Pro-Air, Pepcid, Rolaids, Zofran, Compuzeen, Refresh Plus Eye Drops  PRN: Epi-Pen, Albuterol Nebulizer, Benedryl
Undergoing Radiation Taking Lorazepam (Ativan) on Radiation Days


SnowyLynne
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   Posted 2/26/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I couldn't get in 50 feet of a cat when I was young,my throat would swell & I had trouble breathing..Get rid of the pets,get him some fish.........I did outgrow it but still get sneezy,runny eyes when around my cat but at least I can have one now.He stays outside for the most part & that saves me......My dog doesn't bother me........
SnowyLynne


Angeni
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   Posted 3/2/2010 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey SmurfyShadow,

Thanks for the info. Will check with my pediatric pulmonologist and let you know. I will make sure that I will visit pulmonologist and get him checked thoroughly. I am really scared about my son's asthma after hearing from you.

Angeni
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   Posted 3/4/2010 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I checked with my pediatric pulmonologist and he said that he has to take a test to monitor his asthma levels. He suggested a test for my kid which is called as "eNO" test. It's a simple asthma test that can accurately measure patient’s airway inflammation, the underlying condition in asthma. This test can be done only at physician's office. The patient will be asked to exhale into a tube connected to a small desktop Insight monitor with a large color screen that acts as the primary user-interface for monitoring asthma.

The patient will be asked to do this a few times. An average of all the readings is then taken. It is a very simple test and most kids do it very easily and some even enjoy blowing into the tube. Based on the patients eNO levels doctors will tune their medication accordingly. I am hearing about this test for first time and I am scared to go for it.

Have you heard about this eNO test? Any information about it?Please help me.

couchtater
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   Posted 3/4/2010 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I've done it. It's not very hard at all. My doctor has it set up in a small booth.
I sit there a breath like they ask into the tube. It's a series of 5 different breathing tests. The hardest one when they put a small clip on my nose and make me blow very hard and long. I get very tired afterwards.

Joy

Angeni
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   Posted 3/5/2010 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Couchtater,

Thank you so much for the info. Can you please let me know if this eNO test is safe and secure for kids? Because I am planning to do this test for my 5 year old son.

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 3/5/2010 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
That's hard for me to believe.....
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couchtater
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   Posted 3/5/2010 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
eNO is very safe. I had no trouble. They stand by with asthma meds if there is any problems during it, but I've never had trouble, just tired.

Joy

couchtater
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   Posted 3/6/2010 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope so, too.
My Grandma had it.
My Mom had it.
Now I have it.
My Niece has it.

I wonder if it's genetic?

Joy

Angeni
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   Posted 3/8/2010 4:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Couchlater,

Thanks for the info. It was really helpful.

Angeni
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   Posted 3/8/2010 4:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Markjohnson,

Asthma is a multifactorial disease. It can be caused allergy, cold, exercise, emotional disturbances and such factors. Some degree of proneness to bronchial spasm could be hereditory, but to say that it is genetic is not entirely true.

Angeni
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Couchlater,

I came across this article which talks about eNO monitoring. It's very interesting and helpful.

http://respiratory-care-sleep-medicine.advanceweb.com/Features/Article-2/Coming-Guidelines-For-eNO.aspx
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