Friday Links – Coffee and Breathing, Nose Problems and Severe Asthma
Caffeine to Open Airways
Ever seen this movie Trapped with Charlize Theron and Kevin Bacon?
The little girl in it has severe asthma, and one scene shows her drinking coffee during a bad attack because she doesn’t have an inhaler or nebulizer with her. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the caffeine-as-bronchodilator-in-a-pinch concept before, but this link’s a good article about it.
Nasal Symptoms Indicate More Severe Asthma
Not only do 20-25% of all asthmatics appear to suffer with severe disease – a much higher percentage than anyone thought – but frequent problems with symptoms like sinus pain and nasal blockage appear to up the risk. Meaning if your kid has asthma and has major nose problems, it might be a good idea to raise the possibility of severe asthma with the pediatrician. (Thanks, Sarah.)
Side Effects of Inhaled Corticosteroids
Back when AG and I were new to asthma, her doctor raised the idea of daily Flovent about a year after her diagnosis. I promptly honed in on that word “steroids,” thought about all the terrible side effects athletes experience when they abuse them, said no way, not my kid and basically threw up such a mental block for myself that I didn’t understand the pediatrician was talking about a different kind of steroid.
I wised up eventually and learned the difference between anabolic steroids and inhaled corticosteroids. Check out this primer if you have questions about the (mild) side effects of the inhaled kind.