I moved to the Pacific Northwest 9 months ago and am experiencing new allergies. I have not been tested for...
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I moved to the Pacific Northwest 9 months ago and am experiencing new allergies. I have not been tested for allergans for over 20 years. Would this be a good idea? What types of pollens are problematic out here?View Thread
My 5 year old has been struggling w/ asthma since she was an infant. We have been on steroids 3 times just since January, antibiotics at least 5 with 2 of the treatments being over 2 weeks long. She is on the high dose Dulera (not specifically approved for <12years), Singulair (just bumped her up in January from 4mg to 5 mg), and Zyrtec daily. She has many food allergies. She's been off the foods for about 2 years now and we recently had skin and blood testing again. It showed on the blood test that she was still allergic to the same things as last time. The skin testing showed she was extremely allergic to cats and not at all to dogs. This is a joke because the minute we step foot into a home where dogs are she immediately starts coughing and sneezing, eyes water, etc. The blood test confirmed the severe allergy to dogs. We do know cats are an allergy but that the skin test was so off I'm irritated. The pulmonologist said the skin test shows some mild allergies to milk, apples, and bananas. Blood test shows no allergies to those things. Sooo, we have eliminated those things just to be sure. She's still struggling with staying healthy. She coughs all the time. She picks up every bug/virus/sickness and consistently uses her neb, most recently especially at night. She's been tested for CF to which she is negative. She is only 38 lbs and with our dietary changes has now dropped to 36lbs at 41" tall. Her immune system looks pretty healthy except for elevated allergic parts (I think IgE and eosinophils? I don't have the paperwork w/ me). Has anyone else had issues w/ a child not staying well even on daily asthma medications? We've eliminated all food allergens including any ingredients listed on the food labels, she sleeps in a room with an allergen air purifier w/ allergen filter, allergy pillow/mattress covers, I wash her sheets in hot water every weekend. I'm lost. She's struggling so much to stay healthy and I don't know if I'm missing something. We live in an area where there is one pediatric pulmonologist so I'm writing to find out if this is normal or if I should drive a few hours away for a second opinion. We have another appt next week as a follow up to her appt last week when they prescribed her a Z-pack, 14-day antibiotic and prednisone. They want to do a CT and bronchoscopy as the next step. Any advice? Any similar situation? Does this really sound like asthma or have any of you heard of diagnoses that this could be other than asthma? Or an underlying condition? I've googled a million things and I'm convinced she has something else going on but I don't know what! Or am I just overreacting? Is this just how asthma works? Any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated. TIA!View Thread
My 3-year-old son has asthmatic attacks and I'm trying to figure out the trigger(s).
One suspect is cold air. I took him and his sister out to the zoo a few days ago. Although it was sunny, the air was cold. He slept a really long time in the car on the way back home, and then 24 hours later, started an asthmatic attack.
I think I've observed the same pattern in previous attacks (cold air, wait 24 hours, then asthmatic symptoms start).
Is it possible for asthma triggers to have this kind of delay? Thanks!View Thread
I wanted to get some quick advice. In February, I was diagnosed with acute bronchitis. I had some pretty hefty congestion and post-nasal drip then developed a pretty nice cough and some wheezing. A round of antibiotics didn't really do anything for me. After about a month the cough and wheezing subsided. There was still some occasionally, but not like it was previously. Last week I was pretty much in the clear, with very minimal coughing and no wheezing. However, I noticed when I would exercise, I would get wheezy..nothing too crazy, but definitely noticeable. I don't really notice it during exercise, just after I stop. I don't really feel like its trouble to breath normally ( but I do notice a difference) its when I try to take a full breath, it feels like it takes my lungs a couple extra seconds to fill all the way (and I can hear the wheezing sound that second or two too. This predominately occurs when I try and take deep inhalations through my mouth.) Also, light exercising doesn't bother me. It only really happens when I try and do my cardio runs. The wheezing feeling can last throughout the day, but also seems like it can come and go. Additionally, there is minimal coughing. Normally by the next day I'm back to normal..(but this has been a recent occurrence so who knows if its actually representative.)
I have no personal history of asthma. I had participated in track and soccer in high school and have always been fairly active. I've been doing cardio runs regularly (2-3 times a week) for the past year with no problems. Before this past year, I have done cardio runs intermittently with no problems.
I did have allergies fairly badly in high school. In the spring I would get pretty severe congestion and runny nose, but those pretty left when I went to college. I have no known allergies at the moment. I did move from the midwest (average humidity being 50-80%) to Las Vegas (average humidity of 16-35%). I normally run indoors on a upper level track.
There was a lot of information there, but is this just me trying to come down from bronchitis or is it possibly sports asthma? I'm trying to get a job that is more active (they look down on asthmatics) so right now I'm trying to avoid going to the doctor.. Also, if I do get into that job, training is back in the east where humidity is back in midwest levels. Would that make it easier to do cardio-runs if the humidity is higher?
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