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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 2:50 pm 
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Hi all! My name is Lexi. My 3 year old daughter has allergies to cats and cattle. She also had an egg allergy but has outgrown that, and has struggled with moderate eczema since she was one month old.

A little over a year ago she came down with a cold the soon turned into a rasping cough. We took her to ER and she was diagnosed with bronchiolitis. Two days later another doc said it was asthma and put her on inhalers (Flovent 1 puff daily, and Ventolin when needed). Until Dec. 24th she has taken her Flovent as prescribed and never had to use her Ventolin. She has never had wheezing or any difficulty breathing. She hardly ever gets sick, and when she does it never lasts long and usually doesn't develop much past sniffles for colds. Before her diagnosis there were no indicating factors that lead us to beleive she may have asthma. She has been exposed to both cats and cattle and has never had a problem with breathing - though direct contact with cats does make her sneeze.

Over Christmas she was on meds for a bladder infection and had an allergic reaction to them that caused her to wheeze. She had no signs of distress, but there was a wheeze. The doc put her on prednisone and the wheeze is now gone. This doc feels that the wheezing was a direct result of the allergice reaction and said it was not "asthma related".

My question - before the incedent over Christmas, we were planning to wean my daughter off her Flovent. I feel that she doesn't truly have asthma. Am I just in denial? Or am I right that too many things just don't make sense? I know several people with asthma and they all have some symptoms. My daughter has none. What is you opinion? Any suggestions? I'd love to hear from you!


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 9:00 pm 
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I don't know very much about asthma -- none of my kids have it. However, my grandson does. As a baby he had several very severe attacks, a few of which I witnessed, and they were very scary. He is now 4 1/2 years old. I haven't seen him have any symptoms in years -- in fact I thought he had outgrown it. His mom said no -- it's rare, but he does still occasionally have difficulties due to his asthma.

Have you talked to your daughter's doctor about weaning her off the flovent? I wouldn't recommend doing that without discussing it. There might be a reason he has not already suggested it.

Do you know what in the meds for bladder infection she is allergic to? Medications have foods in them. How do you know she has outgrown egg allergy? test? does she eat them regularly? I know this isn't what you were looking for help with, but it's questions I feel you need to ask yourself.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:28 am 
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Maybe your daughter has no symptoms because of the Flovent, which is keeping her asthma under control. Are you seeing an allergist? If so, phone your allergist and talk to him/her about weaning your daughter first. They might want to have her in to evaluate her breathing. Even if a child doesn't show asthma symptoms doesn't mean she's not asthmatic. Not every child wheezes when they have an asthma attack. If you are not seeing an allergist, ask your GP to refer you to one. She should be tested for allergies as asthma is often triggered by allergies.

My children don't wheeze but when they go for their breathing tests, they have very poor lung capacity even though they feel fine. They are not very good at judging their symptoms. So I would recommend not taking any steps to wean your daughter until you have seen an allergist or a respirologist.

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I agree with Nicole and AnnaMarie that it should be the doctor who decides when to wean her off the Flovent. My son is quite asthmatic, however as long as he is on his controller medication (Flovent) and his asthma is well controlled, he has no obvious symptoms.

Did you know that a lot of people have poorly controlled asthma? That could be what is going on with the people you know who have symptoms. Most people should be able to live symptom-free with the right medications, but the majority of people with asthma do not take their meds as they should or do not get the proper advice on what meds to take, and so their asthma is poorly controlled. I have been to several medical conferences in the past few years and you can tell it drives the doctors crazy... there is help for people in controlling their asthma and ways of living symptom-free, but many people aren't managing their asthma well, for various reasons.

Your daughter is a bit young for a breathing test, from what I know, but I would definitely speak to the specialist before taking any steps in changing her medication.

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 Post subject: all good questions :)
PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:52 am 
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Have you talked to your daughter's doctor about weaning her off the flovent?

Do you know what in the meds for bladder infection she is allergic to? Medications have foods in them. How do you know she has outgrown egg allergy? test? does she eat them regularly? )

All very good questions! We have talked to the allergist and the doctor about taking her off of Flovent. Both said it would be fine. The meds for the bladder infection were a sulfa drug.

We know that she has outgrown the egg allergy as we did a food challenge over a year ago and have since succesfully introduced eggs and she eats them on a regular basis now. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 1:00 am 
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Nicole wrote:
Are you seeing an allergist? .
Sorry, i should have included more info. We are seeing an allergist and he said it was fine if we wanted to wean her off the Flovent. He seems to have his own doubts about her asthma, but said that since it's been "diagnosed" there isn't a doc out there who will go against it. *sigh*

They won't do a breathing test until she's older (she's 3). Apparently at that age they can't perform the test appropriately? Or so I've been told anyways.

She has been allergy tested for numerous things, including dust, mold, etc and all tests came back negative, aside from the cattle and the cats (and the egg which she's outgrown. We did a challenge over a year ago and have since reintroduced egg). :)


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[quote="KarenOASG"] We are seeing an allergist and have talked to him about weaning her off of the Flovent. He said that it would be fine. Sorry, I should have included more info. :)

I think what confuses me and causes me to doubt is that I was always told by docs and our allergist that asthma was a possibility (due to the eczema and allergies). I was also told that it wouldn't happen over night, that there would be "signs" before her first attack. This wasn't the case though. She literally got a cold and suddenly started to wheeze. One doc said it was bronchiolitis, which is the pattern her "cold" followed, and then a ped. said it was asthma after listening to her chest for two seconds and asking us if there is a family history of asthma (there is, my MIL has it).

I just feel like they jumped to the conclusion of asthma without even listening to me and what my child was like. KWIM?

Several other friends have children with asthma and a doc refused to diagnos it as offical asthma until after the 3rd attack. Not saying this is good, just confused by the differences between docs.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:30 am 
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Without knowing more I would say that if the Dr feels it is safe to try to wean her off the Flovent it should be OK. I would keep an eye on her though, properly controlled asthma should be symptom-free. It can take the Flovent some time to get the asthma under control and I'm not sure how quickly it might turn around.
What are the Dr's plans? We decrease the ammount of Flovent our daughter gets in the summer as this is her least reactive time. Our Dr gives us a precription for half the current dosage. Would your Dr give you a smaller dosage?
This website has some really good asthma information and in Ontario there is a 1-800# you can call for asthma advice.
http://www.lung.ca/diseases-maladies/as ... _e.php#CAE
Good luck with whatever you decide!

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Thanks for the link :)


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