My son and his asthma

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Red_34
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   Posted 11/24/2006 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm in need of some suggestions about my sons asthma.  I will be honest, I don't really know a whole lot about asthma, just the basics.  Just a little background about my son: he started seasonal asthma when he was 4 and used an inhaler with a spacer for about 2 years.  He then seemed better so the doc had him stop his medication.  He never really had a reoccurance until just recently.  He's now 15 and his main symptom is coughing and pressure in his chest.  I've taken him to the doctor on several occasions because his coughing is not easing.  He was put thru a pulmonary test and found that it's only his small airways that are not opening properly; his large airway is not affected.  He is on Asmanex, Albuterol, Allegra and Singulair but his coughing is still not under control.  Last night he was kept awake from his coughing so he's not getting the rest he needs.
 
He was tested for allergies in the past and found to be allergic to dust, cats and dogs.  We have dogs and one of them slept in his room until recently so I think that may have contributed to an increase of symptoms so I stopped the dog from going in there.  He spends more time in his room then anywhere else (playing on his computer - of course!).  I'm thinking about getting him an air purifier but I wanted to know if anyone has tried this and if works to help with coughing asthma or any kind of asthma for that matter.  I don't want to go out and spend a fortune on an air purifier if it doesn't help.  Also, has anyone tried otc cough medications to help with the coughing or would this not be a good idea?
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younglady94
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   Posted 11/24/2006 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Red_34
 
Sorry, to hear about your son having asthma trouble again.  I would think that the dog dander is part of the reason for the cough. I have a air purifier, and it seems to help, but I don't exactly know how much it is really helping. But, I did notice some improvement for me when using the air purifier thats just me. I have myself taken cough medication. It helps bring up the mucous. I have mild/moderate asthma. My 4yr son, has asthma, and my husband has asthma. I have educated myself on the subject of asthma. You, might have to consider thinking real hard about the dog contributing to your son's asthma. The more he is around the dog the worse and the longer his asthma will act up. I would just keep the dog out of your son's bedroom. Does your son take allergy medications? best wishes to you! Have a nice day! Brandi.

Red_34
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   Posted 11/24/2006 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Brandi :) Yes he is on Allegra and Singulair. I've noticed his coughing gets better when he is on allergy meds but not enough to help him stop coughing. He is gone for the weekend hunting with his father so I think I may tackle his room, dust it real good and eliminate all dog hair that is still left in there. I too believe that the dog dander is a major contributer to his increase of symptoms.
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   Posted 11/24/2006 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherry, so sorry your son is going through so much., (((HUGZ)))
Becareful of the air purifiers a lot of them put Ozone into the air and can make the asthma worst. check out the web site allergy buyers club for asthma products and ratings.
If he's coughing take him back to the doctor.
ask the doctor about humidifiers or dehumidifiers instead of the purifiers.
wash all bedding in hot water once a week.
A saline nasal spray might help. Chicken noodle soup. Try a cough drop lozenge and lots of water, water, water....
I know a mother worries, my child has a heart condition.
Hugz, and plenty of them from me to you
Best wishes and keep us informed

Red_34
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   Posted 11/24/2006 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Worry is right! I hate seeing my kid or any kid suffer; it just breaks my heart. The doctor did mention that he can start his Asmanex twice daily if his coughing doesn't stop so when he comes back from hunting and he's still coughing like that, I will have him try twice a day. It just scares me to have my child use a steroid based inhaler.

Oh and hugs are always welcome! ;)
@--->--Sherry--<---@
Uc(Left-sided) since 1992 - Colazal, 6MP, Biotin, Forvia
Secondary Raynauds Syndrome since 2004 -Meds - Norvasc...Fibromyalgia since 2006
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Chartreux
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   Posted 11/25/2006 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
so sorry Sherry, meant to convey my empathy and Hugs
have you checked out the web site I meantioned. allergy buyers club
(((Hugz)))
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Red_34
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   Posted 11/25/2006 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
No I haven't checked it out yet. Is that the website addy? www.allergybuyersclub.com?
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Secondary Raynauds Syndrome since 2004 -Meds - Norvasc...Fibromyalgia since 2006
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Chartreux
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   Posted 11/25/2006 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
yes it's: www.allergybuyersclub.com/
most of the stuff you'll find is $74.00 and up
you can also do a google search on allergy products too. But allergy buyers club has the ratings on products.
Hope this helps.
(((Hugs)))

pegleg
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   Posted 11/25/2006 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Red34: When your son went through puberty, his growth was probably at a rapid rate (most boys have less attacks during puberty than girls). Before you buy an air purifier, what type of filter on your a/c & heater do you use? You need a filter w/HEPA rating (gets rid of 99.9% of all pollen, dust, etc). If your son has asthma, do not let him be around anyone smoking. If you have a fireplace, use unscented candles & not the fireplace. Someone w/asthma should also avoid eating food cooked on grills that use charcoal/wood (gas grills w/o smoke brickets are fine). Food absorbs the smoke and when ingested, can trigger attack in the airways. When a person has asthma, their airway always stay sensitive to triggers. Being 15 is hard (my son is 19 & has been diagnosed w/asthma since ago 3) ... lots of kids smoke in peer groups. Mine could never do it as he would go into severe attack (had to quit part time job in coffee shop due to smoking). The woods is a huge area for triggers (can be exposed to new types of pollen, etc). Get his MD's permission to step up his tx plan when you know he's going hunting. This will leave his body prepared for a possible attack (similar to exercise induced asthma). Re: your dog: Shampoos are available to control animal dander; leave pet out of sleeping area; some pts are actually sensitive to flea collars, etc. Re: OTC Meds: Avoid any meds which contain aspirin. Certain meds can actually trigger an attack (aspirin is one). Talk to your MD about the ones he would suggest. Having a teen w/asthma can be a challenge as they want to feel always a part of their group and will many times try to hide an attack (such as someone smoking & triggering attacks). If someone is a heavy smoker, this will remain on their clothes & can also trigger an attack.

Hope this info has helped. Contact your local ALA as they have TONS of info. Good luck!

This is meant for educational info only & not as med advise ... seek MD's advise.

Red_34
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   Posted 11/25/2006 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Pegleg :) We have a hepa filter on the furnace. I don't use candles (because of my own allergies) and we don't have a fireplace. No one smokes around him though I don't know about his friends. I am pretty sure he doesn't since he never smells like smoke and he keeps telling me that he's not that stupid to do it. Though I know teens can be quite secretive. It's been pretty cold here and has been so we haven't been bbq'ing but thanks for the tip, I didn't know this. These are some great pointers..........thanks again.
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Uc(Left-sided) since 1992 - Colazal, 6MP, Biotin, Forvia
Secondary Raynauds Syndrome since 2004 -Meds - Norvasc...Fibromyalgia since 2006
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zoegirl
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   Posted 11/25/2006 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Pets really mess with me. You might want to also shapoo his rug and if you have an older funace, get it cleaned. I am new to alot of this so am trying and figureing out what works. A vaporizer with vicks seems to help me some also and cloriseptic throat spray seems to help also. Hot decaf tea with local honey ( watch out if bad allergies)helps me to. The coughing and tight chest can be a real nucence. I hope he feels better. Being a mom, also it is hard to see your kid suffer. Good luck Kris

pegleg
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   Posted 11/27/2006 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Red34: Cold weather can have a large effect on asthmatics. Maybe this is causing his problems. Good luck!

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   Posted 11/27/2006 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Having asthma myself along with both of my kids suffering with it, I can say that air purifiers do make a definite difference as long as you keep the filters changed regularly and clean. Talk to your son's doctor about switching to Zyrtec over the Allegra. We had to do that, and it made a difference. Also, don't be afraid to use the Albuterol inhaler. It's there for a reason and will help control the breathing and coughing issues.
Diagnosed with Crohn's and GERD in July, 2006 - No surgeries (yet)
Current medications: Pentasa 4000 mg, Imuran 100 mg, Entocort 9 mg, Aciphex 40 mg, Zelnorm 12 mg, Zegerid 40 mg, Darvocet 100 mg (as needed), Percocet 325 mg (as needed), Advair 500/50 (asthma), and Zyrtec-D 200 mg
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Red_34
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   Posted 11/27/2006 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
My insurance doesn't cover Zyrtec (I've already tried) and for some odd reason, they want us to try Allegra for a year before they will cover other allergy meds. In fact, they didn't even want to cover Allegra unless we tried Clariten first, which we did. My son is not afraid to use Albuterol, it was the Asmanex that had me a little hesitant because it's steroid based. Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

Oh and Pegleg, he does walk home from school so it could very well be the cold air that is affecting him more then ever before. I forgot about that!
@--->--Sherry--<---@
Uc(Left-sided) since 1992 - Colazal, 6MP, Biotin, Forvia
Secondary Raynauds Syndrome since 2004 -Meds - Norvasc...Fibromyalgia since 2006
Co-mod for Ulcerative Colitis.....Moderator for Allergies/Asthma
Help others such as yourself by donating to Healingwell, every penny counts!
 

 
 


pegleg
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   Posted 11/28/2006 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't be afraid to be on corticosteroids. This are very mild, go directly to the lungs and do not affect any other parts of the body like other steroids.

Chartreux
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   Posted 11/28/2006 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherry:
I have the same problem except with Clarinex. My insurance will not cover Clarinex and I told the Doctor this and she is giving me free samples.
Have you told the doctor that your insurance will not cover Zyrtec. Some doctors are nice and understand and will offer free samples, this has helped me out because the pharmacy would've charged me over $100. a pill. It's Just not right that insuance companies can pick and choose what they will and will not cover. Clarinex seems to work the best for me.
I also have a lot of medicine allergies and sensitivies. So it was hard finding something to work for me.
Wish you the best and
lots of (((Hugz))

texasgarden
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   Posted 11/29/2006 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I'm new here. My youngest son (6 1/2 years old) was diagnosed with asthma when he was barely two years old. I have lost count of the number of times he's had bronchititis. I was shocked when his pediatrician showed me his chart showing he had had pneumonia 5 times in less than 4 years. That is in addition to the 2 times before we started seeing his current doctor (the last 4 years).
 
Garon is so used to using his nebulizer that he can set it up completely except for the electrical. He uses it every 4 hours when we are in the Yellow Zone. He's on Singulair and Advair 250/50 every day. Right now, he is also on Flovent & Albuterol (every 8hrs) in the Yellow Zone. He finished his Prednisone and Zithromax (for traechial bronchitis) this morning and finished the Omnicef for the latest hospitalization for pneumonia this past Monday.
 
He was hospitalized in April for pneumonia. Less than a week after he got out of the hospital, he had an allergic reaction to penicillin. Sooo, we have a limited choice of antibiotics. Since April, he's had a Sinus CT scan, arm allergy testing, CF test, broad spectrum of blood work to check for immunology diseases, more chest x-rays, Cardioligist (innocent heart murmur), and probably more stuff I can't remember. His asthma specialist is reviewing where we need to go from here. His pedi dr is also referring us to an Infectios Disease Specialist to try and figure out why he keeps getting sick. Hmmm, I forgot to mention the approximately 25 cases of croup he has had, numerouse colds, 4 cases of strep throat and 1 case of scarlet fever he had last year, and the 1 case of strep he has had already since school started in August.
 
When we saw his pedi dr on Mon, I told him that we will just get Garon over this latest bout and I could almost guarantee that he would have problems this week. Our forecast is calling for wqinter weather with temps in the lower 30's tonight and for the next week.
 
Ok, now that I have vented all that let me suggest doing as much research as you can. I no way know everything there is to know. It helps (and sometimes scares) me when I do research on a particular illness. We have 3 kids. Garon with his asthma, Gareth who has ADHD/Bi-Polar & asthma, and Randi (girl) who has allergies and uses Clarinex.

Ghostwind
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   Posted 11/29/2006 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear that your youngest has it so bad. When you talk to the doctor next time, you may want to ask about increasing the Advair to 500/50. That may help matters. Being allergic to pennicillin is rough (I'm allergic) but not as bad as it once was. There are some new drugs out that are just as effective. Don't be afraid to ask about them.
Diagnosed with Crohn's and GERD in July, 2006 - No surgeries (yet)
Current medications: Pentasa 4000 mg, Imuran 100 mg, Entocort 9 mg, Aciphex 40 mg, Zelnorm 12 mg, Zegerid 40 mg, Darvocet 100 mg (as needed), Percocet 325 mg (as needed), Advair 500/50 (asthma), and Zyrtec-D 200 mg
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