Asthma Treatment: Find a Specialist Near You

Here’s a demonstration on how to use a babyhaler by my son, Derick. 

The prevalence of Asthma, a modern-day disease nowadays, is a complex issue that has baffled medical practitioners. Commonly known to be caused by allergens like dusts and pollen, as it turned out, there seems to be other causes for asthma. Only half of the population of asthma patients are actually connected to allergies while the other half is still unknown.  Fortunately, for those patients whose asthma is caused by allergens, treatment is available.

For allergen-caused asthma, treatment has become effective and efficient now more than ever. Applied science has definitely done its job.  It should be noted though that early treatment plays a significant role, the earlier the treatment the better.

Naturally just like any other parents of asthmatic children,  we sought professional help.  A Pulmonologist is a doctor specializing in allergies and other diseases affecting the lungs including asthma. A Pulmonologist makes the preliminaries – like tests and a lot of questions about history of family allergies, span of time the child has been having symptoms, medications taken so far, and many others. After the diagnosis,  treatment follows.

These are exactly the procedure we followed with our children. Albeit different medicine type, the treatment procedure was similar.  

1. Prescription – Flixotide for my daughter and Seretide for my son. Flixotide (orange) inhaler or puffer contains a medicine called fluticasone propionate. This medicine is frequently called “steroids” but not the “anabolic steroids” abused by athletes. This puffer also contain a medicine called “preventer” which prevents asthma attacks. Fluticasone propionate and “preventer” when taken every day or as prescribed by the doctor lessen the swelling and irritation in the walls of the air ways in the lungs and prevents asthma attacks (medsafe.govt.nz).  Seretide is a 2-in-1 asthma medication. It contains fluticasone propionate from the orange inhaler and salmeterol xinafoate, a Long-Acting Bronchodilator from Serevent inhaler (green) which keeps the air passage open (seretide.co.nz).

2. Dosage.  Two puffs a day,  one in the morning and another in the evening every day, non-stop  for 6 months. If in case you missed a day or two, you would have to re-set the counting, and start anew. If within 6 months there are no asthma attacks, the doctor may lower it to once a day for another three months. In case of asthma episodes within these months, the doctor would tell you to continue with two puffs a day for another two to three months or until there are no more asthma attacks before lowering the number of puffs.

 

3. BabyHALER is a trademark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.  It is a device that helps babies and toddlers take inhaled medicine in this case the Flixotide and Seretide inhalers. To get acquainted with the parts of a babyhaler please head to parts of a babyhaler.

 

I hope you find this helpful and please share to those parents with asthmatic children.

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35 thoughts on “Asthma Treatment: Find a Specialist Near You

  1. I suffer from exercise-induced asthma, meaning I can do my dance classes just fine but whenever I want to go hiking or running it kicks in. I don’t take medication but instead focus on breathing techniques and overall well-being 🙂
    xx, Theresa

  2. We don’t have anyone with asthma in our family that I know of but this is some amazing info! I had no idea about a babyhaler.

  3. Thank you for sharing! I have horrible allergies but luckily never got Asthma, I can only imagine how hard this is.

  4. This was a super helpful and insightful post. Hopefully this will be able to help a lot of parents who are unsure of what to do.

  5. Luckily I don’t suffer from Asthma and know only a few people that do at the minute, but I now know what to do if I my nephews begin to suffer from it.

  6. Asthma can be scary for kids (I’m sure parents too). My cousin had asthma pretty bad when we were kids so it is nice to see there are new options like the babyhaler now.

    1. That’s so true. My husband has asthma even until now, and as a young boy his family had a difficulty finding a specialist who really understood what he was going through.

  7. Wow interesting device. I’d like to say that garden of life probiotics and child life vitamin c are a great addition to help the immune system.

  8. Your son did a great job on the video! Well done. My daughter has a rare form of asthma in the 1% range in that she doesn’t wheeze, or have external signs of an asthma attack. I had a lot of guilt as we often were forcing her to participate in gym and thinking she just didn’t like school or other activities. But we found an awesome specialist and he works well with Kara and we do great now that we know what is happening, she also uses the chamber with her puffer when she takes Ventolin. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much. Derick would be thrilled to hear this, he had great a time doing the video. Anyway, I’m happy to hear that your daughter is doing great now. Don’t feel so bad, you did what you had to do.

    1. There are two kinds of asthma medication I know so far, Seretide the one mentioned in the video, and flixotide. These are preventer medication. If however you have an asthma attack you must take the ventolin inhaler, this medication will relief you of the inflammation. But it is still best to go see a doctor.

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