Friday Links – Nursing & Asthma Risk, Viral Wheezing Therapy, Vicks VapoRub

Nurses Have Much Higher Risk of Occupational Asthma Than Colleagues
Jobs that involve constant exposure to chemicals (like nursing and professional cleaning) carry a higher risk for developing asthma than, for example, working in front of a computer all day. However, HealthDay reports a startling statistic: in a recent study of 3.650 Texas health care employees, nurses were 72% more likely to develop asthma than non-nurses. The culprit? Cleaning fluids and antiseptics.

Steroids No Good for Viral Wheezing
Preschoolers who wheeze during colds but don’t necessarily have asthma otherwise probably shouldn’t go on short burst of oral steroids, according to these research results. Asthma is extremely difficult to diagnose in babies and little kids, of course, but this research followed children who experienced asthma-like symptoms during respiratory illnesses only. Taking prednisolone didn’t help these kids, and starting inhaled steroids when the illness started didn’t help them enough to warrant any possible side effects.

The implications of the research could be pretty major, since asthma-like symptoms are currently treated just like asthma in this age group. Doctors treated AG this way when she was little, in fact, but then she has always had non-illness triggers, too.

Be Careful with the Vicks VapoRub
Yet another newsworthy asthma link from HealthDay. I’m watching this one pretty closely because I’ve been known to use vapor rub a time or ten to help the girls sleep with severe stuffy noses. However, I don’t apply it under their noses, ever.

Edited to add: Beyond this particular research, menthol is a known asthma trigger for some people.

Do you use Vicks? Notice any problems with your kids?

2 responses to “Friday Links – Nursing & Asthma Risk, Viral Wheezing Therapy, Vicks VapoRub”

  1. Michelle says:

    That’s interesting about the Vick’s. I used a Vick’s product designed for the bath one time a few years ago when both kids were very stuffy. I wondered about the possibility of it messing with J’s asmtha and the next day I saw that Vick’s was not recommended for asthmatics and could, in fact, be dangerous. I felt guilty, but honestly didn’t see that it affected him adversely. I probably still have the jar in their bathroom, actually. Only used it that one time.

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