Triggers and Flares/Attacks Archive

  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Cold Air Attacks

    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 [...]

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  • Friday Links – Coffee and Breathing, Nose Problems and Severe Asthma

    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, [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Cold Symptoms & Flares

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Cold Symptoms & Flares

    Today’s reader response comes from my email and asks a question I used to have myself, back during the early days: In an old post on your site, you mentioned that you used to mistake your daughter’s asthma flare-ups for colds (please forgive me if I misread). I am currently under the impression that the [...]

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  • Milestone

    Milestone

    Just so you all know. I was working on a freelance article recently, and I had to read through the descriptions of asthma severity to refresh my memory. I read, I wrote, and then I realized: AG doesn’t fit the classification for moderate persistent anymore, and she hasn’t for awhile. My kid. This kid right [...]

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  • Friday Links – Sports Coaches, Lung Cancer, Incredible Cakes

    Friday Links – Sports Coaches, Lung Cancer, Incredible Cakes

    Coaches Have No Idea About Kids’ Asthma So this is scary. If your kids play team sports, you might want to have a little talk with their coaches post-haste, since chances are decent that even if they know about the breathing problem thing (and they probably don’t), they still don’t know how to recognize or [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Food and Drink Triggers

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Food and Drink Triggers

    We’ve talked about common triggers. We’ve talked about unusual triggers. Now let’s talk about eating triggers. What foods or drinks can send you/your kid into an asthma flare? I don’t mean just the “official” food allergies, either. Share your thoughts on any eating/drinking experiences that ended up as triggers.

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Bronchodilators and Coughs

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Bronchodilators and Coughs

    This is a long one from my email, but please take the time to read the whole thing. It raises lots of questions that many other parents of young asthma kids have (I had them.): If my asthmatic child is coughing (she’s too young for a peak flow meter btw) and I am using her [...]

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  • Friday Links – Fall Allergy Cities, Paint, Hotel Rooms

    Friday Links – Fall Allergy Cities, Paint, Hotel Rooms

    AAFA’s 2010 Fall Allergy Capitals Number one: Dayton, Ohio. Who knew? When I think “high pollen,” my brain doesn’t automatically go to “Ohio,” but then I’ve never lived there. Full list of 100 metro areas at the pdf here. Do Paint Fumes Make Asthma Worse? We’ve known volatile organic compounds in things like synthetic air [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Allergy Testing

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Allergy Testing

    From my email: My daughter has had asthma for 3 years and this had been quite an learning experience. I am curious if other families have had their kid allergy tested and if they found that beneficial? The great chase for the trigger!!! – Jen I took my 11 year-old asthma kid in for a [...]

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  • Friday Links – Smoking Protection, Stress, Bacteria Trigger. Plus, the Pumpple.

    Friday Links – Smoking Protection, Stress, Bacteria Trigger. Plus, the Pumpple.

    Boys with Asthma Smoke Less as Teens So! Silver lining. But only a very thin one, since researchers couldn’t find the same link in teen girls. Dammit. Mom’s Stress Worsens Kids’ Flares? I don’t even know what to say here because, hello? The single biggest source of my worry and tension as a mom of [...]

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