Thanks so much for your replies and kindness. Fortunately, my teenage son has almost no problems now, although his asthma was rather mild as a child.
Does anyone have information or experience on whether living in a region with great air quality could be beneficial? I've heard mixed reviews on this, and know that it probably depends on the patient. I just don't want his lung capacity to continue to decrease.
I have done research for 11 years in indoor air quality and healthy living technologies. You will find that most doctors and health professionals will treat the symptoms and not pay attention to the cause.
Are you aware that according to the E.P.A., about 1/3rd of the allergies are caused by the residue of laundry detergent in our clothes! go to your search engine and type in fabric softeners and do some research. You will come to a page from the E.P.A. that will list the chemicals in Laundry Detergent, fabric softeners and laundry sheets. It also gives the side effects. This will scare you.
There is only one company that has addressed this problem and solved it. No Laundry detergent, softeners, drier sheets and no hot water. The technology is certified through the space administration. Kills 99.9999% of bacteria, whites come out whiter, colors more vibrant, towels more fluffy, less lint in the drier and does not contaminate the ground water when it drains.
There is another problem that causes allergies and even asthma. Indoor air pollution. Dust, pollen, dander, dust mites droppings, etc... Up to now the "EXPERTS" say dust more. WRONG! Use filters. WRONG! Increase air flow. WRONG! Remove the source. WRONG! We have been told to follow these instructions and watched asthma increase by over 1200%
Don't believe the commercials you see on T.V. These units are very ineffective. You would need many of their units in your home and they would still be doing a poor job.
There is a product on the market that will do what they say and is so effective that the Space administration user their technology that was developed in cooperation with N.A.S.A. It's not cheap but it does what they claim.
Through University studies it has been proven to kill over 99% of staph, strep, e-coli, bacteria, and mold on surfaces. Lastest studies by a University showed 99.99% reduction in the Avian Influenza in just 12 hours on surfaces.
One system will purify the air in a home up to 3,000 square feet. It will also drop the dust, pollen and dander from the air. Over 5 million people have seen the effect of this system. It even purifies the air at the Twin Towers Musium and some units were placed in the Pentagon after 911.
Do more research and tell your doctor you are tired of just treating the symptoms as you watch you childrens health get worse.
Hello Everyone! I would like to take this time to correct a misconception re:outgrowing asthma.
Unless a person is able to perform a pulmonary function test, their symptoms are txed as if they are asthmatic. When doing a PFT, a pt is given tests to see how their airways respond without a bronchodilator. Then they are given a bronchodilator and another set of tests are performed. The difference between pre&post bronchodilators lets the MD know how the airways respond and they are able to make a definite diagnosis.
Many children have allergies which mimic asthma symptoms, so the symptoms are txed. That is why you hear that "Jimmy" outgrew his asthma. He didn't outgrow his asthma. His airways are larger & he is building up an immunity. Also, when boys reach puberty, they grow at a faster pace than girls (including their airways). That is why parents notice that boys seem to "outgrow" theirs earlier. There are hundreds of Americans who die each year because they thought or were told they "outgrew" their asthma. I had a pt whose wife died on Christmas day a few years ago. She was only in her 30s & much too young to die for no reason. He said she was coming down the hall (no problems before that moment) and all of a sudden she started experiencing her throat closing up. She was able to tell him that it felt like an asthma attack (she had no attacks since age 12) and he called an ambulance. Unfortunately, she died before they had a chance to reach her. If she only had kept an Albuterol MDI, she would have lived. She knew she was asthmatic because she had taken a PFT, but since it had been yrs since an attack, she thought she was free of them.
Another example is a young man, age 27. Free of asthma symptoms since age 13 & no longer carried relief med. Pulled up in front of mother's house. She thought he was talking on his cell phone. After 30 min she went to tell him either come in & visit her or go visit the person he was talking to. Unfortunately, he wasn't on the phone ... he was dead from a severe asthma attack.
My son is now 19 & was diagnosed w/asthma at age 3 when we moved to the Coast. His attacks seemed to stop at around age 14, but I insisted he carry his rescue med. He is a typical teenager who went through speedskates & baseball w/no problems. Last year, he took a part-time job in a coffee shop which allowed smoking (none of his friends or ours smoke, so he wasn't exposed to it .. one of his friends is still considered severe asthmatic). During the first hour of his job, he had a SEVERE attack (peak flow less than 50% ... usually does over 700, during attack at hospital his was only 250). He was diagnosed as severe & would shut down in less than 3 minutes w/o rescue med. I believe if he didn't have it that day, he would not be alive now. He no longer fights me about carrying it.
What I'm trying to reinforce is that if a oerson is a TRUE asthmatic (after PFT), he/she will NEVER outgrow asthma & should ALWAYS be prepared. Hopefully they will never have to use the MDI, but but much better safe than sorry.
I'm a respiratory therapist & this info is meant for educational purposes only & not as med advice.
Damage to the lungs after pneumonia usually is not permanent. Damage to the lungs w/regards to asthma: Not usually a lot of damage; however, if asthma is left untreated, there could be significant damage. If your children were born premature, the lungs are more delicate and inreturn, more susceptible. There has been a lot of advancement w/asthma tx with new meds now available. Even though they have not been on the market for long, the FDA would not have approved them for useage unless they were safe. That is why I stay away from herbal remedies as most are not approved by the FDA.
Hope this has helped a little. Good luck.
You're wonderful for replying so quickly - thank you. Can I ask one more question?
Do you believe that an asthmatic will be an asthmatic no matter where they live? Or do you think that a place with great air quality and few ozone issues could make a difference? My 3 year old was 2 1/2 months early and I'm afraid he's going to have worse issues than his brother. I just want to give them the best chance and quality of life that I can.
I promise I'll leave you alone after this one! Thanks!
What a cute story about your son! I do know what you mean, my teenager is very self concious about it.
Thanks for all the input from your personal experiences - it does help alot. We will continue working towards 100% management of this and, hopefully, he will be able to become more symptom-free as he gets older.
You have been so supportive and informative and I'm greatly appreciative of you. I have another question.
My 7 year old son had a new spirometry last week. In a relative comparison, he blew 94% of the expected number (187) in 11/05, and blew 79% of the expected number (254) last week. He's had Pneumonia 6 times and many, many asthma flares over the course of his lifetime. The doc also gave us a new personal best for him to use now, which is 200.
It seems to me that he definitely has a reduction in lung capacity since his 11/05 test. The doc also said that the published peak flow numbers are highly inflated and not accurate. He said that my son has absolutely no lung or airway damage and that 200 should be the expected number for a child his height (51").
What are your thoughts on this?
Thanks so much for your reply; however, my concern is that last year he blew 94% of the chart number - 15% higher than he can blow now. Shouldn't that be a concern?
Best of wishes with your Katrina recovery!