Category: Asthma

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Dulera vs. Advair

Here’s a little something different – one of the search questions that often lead people here: Is Dulera safer than Advair? Dulera, you’ll recall, is a new combination inhaler. As far as I can tell, it represents Merck’s attempt to corner a share of the long-acting beta agonist market rather than a “better” medication choice […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Time and Kids’ Control

From the ‘ole inbox: I’m in the middle of trying to help my daughter right now. She’s 4 and just got diagnosed after seeming to be sick all the time. Right now we’re trying to get used to the fact of her diagnosis and learn everything we can about it at the same time. It’s […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Cold Air Attacks

Wintry weather never triggered my daughter, not even when we moved to Colorado and started hiking high up in the Rockies. But AG surprised me when she ended up hyper-sensitive to cold air during her recent bronchitis. About four days mid-infection and two days into her course of antibiotics, boredom set in. Watching movies on […]

Catching Myself Up, Plus Some Health Links

The last few weeks, a summary: Regarding the Children They finally returned to school last Wednesday, and today starts their first full week back. Outdoor Lab went off without a hitch, though AG fell sick a couple days afterward and then suffered through bronchitis through most of her winter break. Oh, who am I kidding. […]

Friday Links – Moldy Lungs, Flu, Inhalers and Diabetes

Picking up my girl today! I’ve got no time to chat as a result, so enjoy some lung links sans commentary: You Might Have Mold in Your Lungs Early Flu = Possible Asthma Protection Do Steroid Inhalers Raise the Risk of Diabetes? And one for the Weird Health files: Smart Phone Tests for Sexually Transmitted […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Missing Your Kid

This morning, Mr. Asthma Mom said two things about our firstborn – or lack thereof – that made me laugh. The first: This house sure is quiet without her walking around and singing everywhere. It really, really is. AG sings all the time. All the time, to the point where her voice, belting out everything […]

Friday Links – Breathing Blog News, Starfish Medicine

First off, a little Friday love for some other lung bloggers: Fun With Oximeters If you’re not reading Breathin’ Stephen’s Breathing Basics series, you should be. This post covers oxygen saturation. What is it? What makes it drop? How do doctors measure it? Find out over at Steve’s place. Well, Then Our very own Kerri […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Convincing Adults to Seek Control

Last week, a reader asked about expectations and possibilities of control for her newly diagnosed, adult-onset asthma. That question prompted this related one in the comments: How do you get your adult-onset (or at least, adult-diagnosed) spouse to achieve and maintain control? He’s so used to being short of breath, coughing, and wheezing that he […]

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, […]

Conversations with My Asthma Tween

Let me tell you a little bit about the stage I’ve reached with my kid. First off, a little recent background: My mother came to Colorado for Thanksgiving, meaning I hosted for everyone this year. During that same holiday week, AG had one of the leading roles in her school musical. (There may be video. […]