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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:11 pm 
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mom to bunches,

I heard you loud and clear. We want to take our son off his preventer medicine as he has been on it without a break since September. Every time we try to wean him off, the cough starts at night so we return to the regular dose. I think I will focus on the fact we are symptom free, and be thankful. I think as a mom managing the asthma has been more challenging than managing the food allergies.

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 Post subject: Re: asthma
PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:03 pm 
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jomatt,

My DS1 has been on the preventer since August, and I was hoping to get off of it too. We are going to an asthma clinic in a couple of weeks here, but I suspect that he'll be on it for life. Also, we had upped his dose based on his action plan for colds and now, when we lower it to normal, he ends up reacting to something in the environment. Last time it was completely unexpected.

DS2 is now on it because he wheezes when he gets colds.

My doctor put it this way, the risk from the inhaled corticosteroid is far less than having chronic asthma symptoms. And, the dose you get from 2 puffs 2 times a day for 5 years from the Flovent is about the same as one dose of the oral steroid at the emergency room.

Just wanted to let you know you are definitely not alone!

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Me - Allergic to Dogs, Cats, Dairy, Nickle.
DH - Celiac Disease
DS1 - Allergic to Horses, Cats, Dogs - Asthma, Eczema
DS2 - Allergic to Cats - Eczema, Asthma


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 Post subject: Re: asthma
PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:15 am 
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Years ago, dd's Dr would take her off her preventer/controller meds in the summer. Every year about 3-4 weeks later she would have a major asthma attack. Finally, I told him that we were not going that route any more.

Each season has it's own potential triggers. If you happen to have a season that doesn't trigger your asthma, you may be able to come off. For dd, we can drop down to a low dose once per day in the summer but we keep vigil and know that we may need to increase the meds.

I'd rather have her take a low dose regularly than be sick constantly.

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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