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101kat101
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   Posted 1/6/2007 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
My 13 year old daughter has had asthma for only about 3 years, but it has gradually worsened since then and lately has become quite severe. She has has 2 hospitalizations and 3 ER visits (w/o being admitted). She is on two Inahlers (blue and orange, and they don't help much), but her asthma just doesn't seem very well controlled and she has pretty bad attacks about 3 times a week. She has missed a whole bunch of school ( 3 weeks so far I think?) and both of us are desperate for better contol. Recently a friend of mine who's son has asthma said that he was just like her (regarding the asthma), and the only thing that gave him better relief of his asthma was his Nebuliser. I am wondering about this and if she should get one? I asked my family doctor but he just said "no no her asthma is very very mild". But I definately don't call 2 hospitalizations very very mild! We are in search of a doctor who is of more help to us right now, but in the mean time, I was just wondering if a nebuliser is right for her. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Chartreux
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   Posted 1/6/2007 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
101kat101 so sorry your daughter is having a hard time.
Family doctors try to help, but just are limited on the knowledge of all the different illnesses and are not always up to date with stuff.
You need an Allergy/Asthma Specialist, Two Hospitalizations is not good. A nebulizer could help but so could other medicines like singulair and a controller Medication like Asmanex or the Advair disks and a allergy/asthma doctor can help you out the best. You'll also need an asthma action plan for good and bad days.
Also, finding out if she has allergies and to what would help along with maybe some allergy medicines or shots .
A nebulizer should be last resort type of treatment before going to the hospital.
These are just suggestions, hope they help you out some. also make sure if you can to get the pneumonia shot for her it does help, it''s helped me.
Hope your daughter gets better soon, Take Care and (((HUGZ))) try to get in to see an allergy/asthma doctor as soon as possible!!!
(((HUGZ)))

101kat101
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   Posted 1/7/2007 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your advice. I am happy to know that there are so many options out there, and will make an appt with a specialist asap. thanx again

2busymom
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   Posted 1/7/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi 101kat101,

When my son started having consistent problems with his asthma when he stared school we took him to an allergist. That helped in determining his triggers, and we put him on a preventative that did the trick. My doctor explained that once they get in a bad way, anything will push them over the edge again. So it may not be that her asthma is worse, it's just not having time to settle down in between irritants.

I loved our nebulizer. To me it was far more effective in getting the desired results than anything else. I also see a difference even now using a spacer on the rare occasions when my son has to use an inhaler.

The specialist will put you on the right track.

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pegleg
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   Posted 1/8/2007 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello 101kat101: Sorry to hear about your problems. Finding a specialist is indeed your priority. There are so many new med advances today, that unless your MD is an asthma/allergy specialist, he/she may not be aware of them. Also, since your daughter is 13, she should be mature enough to have a pulmonary function test to determine if she is a true asthmatic or having allergies which can mimic asthma. She also needs an allergy test to determine her triggers. These are the first steps to controlling her problem. The next most important thing is asthma education. By becoming educated on the disease, you have a lot of power ... you can discuss problems in more detail w/MD & can better describe what is going on. You will learn how to start & stick to an asthma mgt problem; you will also learn how to recognize early symptoms & will be able to stop an exacerbation before it's begun. Be sure to ask for an allergy test. You can't fight what you don't know. The American Lung Association has excellent tapes & brochures on asthma ... one tape even teaches a very young child how to tell an adult he/she is having problems breathing. Many times a young one will just say "I don't feel good." That simple phrase has resulted in deaths of children, especially in a school or preschool setting where the caregivers are not trained in asthma mgt. The American Lung Association can give you a list of specialists in your area. Good luck!

Chartreux
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   Posted 1/8/2007 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Another good source of Asthma Information is: www.yourlunghealth.org
Good Luck to you and keep us posted please .........
(((Hugz)))
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