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Old 11-09-2011, 07:17 AM   #1
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New at asthma with son

Hi,

My son just has a rescue inhaler that he has used 2x in just under a year just due to shortness of breath. He gets this cough thing going every year about this time and now I wonder if it's asthma related too. I feel so bad for him.

My question is - why would he be like this during the late fall and winter months but not during late spring and all summer?

I'm wondering if I should have him use his inhaler tonight and see if it helps him?

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Old 11-09-2011, 07:53 AM   #2
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Re: New at asthma with son

It might indeed be worth trying the inhaler.

Just checked the pollen counts for your state. The trees, grass and weeds are dead, but the mold spores are very high, and mold spores are particularly bad for asthma. Mold spores won't stop until the temperature goes below freezing and stays there.

Or, it could be cold weather or even dry indoor air. Many people find cold air is an asthma trigger.

Has he had allergy testing to see what his triggers are? Might be a good idea. Does he have other allergy symptoms?

 
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Re: New at asthma with son

Thanks for getting back to me. Yes, we were on different allergy meds for quite a few months and nothing seemed to help so we went back to the dr and she did an allergy test and he was not allergic to anything. They did an albuterol test on him and he didnt do so well on it so they said he was slightly asthmatic? sooo - he has a rescue inhaler.

I will try the inhaler tonight and see if it helps him.

 
Old 11-09-2011, 08:36 AM   #4
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Re: New at asthma with son

He may need to be on a daily inhaled steroid or at least singulair. I'd talk with the doctor about it. May just need to take it during "the season" but it would seem he does need more consistent control.

 
Old 11-14-2011, 03:36 PM   #5
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Re: New at asthma with son

Thank you for the reply - I tried the inhaler and it did not work either. I'm at a loss so we will prolly be off to the Dr! The only thing that halfway works is Mucinex...?

 
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If the inhaler doesn't work but Mucinex does, you may be looking at a cough caused by postnasal drip. In that case, a steroid or antihistamine nasal spray might be the most effective treatment.

 
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Re: New at asthma with son

Funny you should say that. I also got a prescription for Azelastine last year for him that he only used once and then the doc said he doesn't have allergies so don't do anything like that. I'm going to try that tomorrow anyway and see how he does. Something's gotta give here....

Thank you again

 
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Re: New at asthma with son

Maybe there was a problem with the test, or maybe he has non-allergic rhinitis, or maybe he just tends to get a lot of runny nose after virus kind of things.

 
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