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I need help Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56009 posts
15th Apr '13

Sorry if this is long. I'll try to be brief



Cora's coughing is getting out of hand. It's to the point where I am in panic attack mode and start losing it.



She is usually fine at home. She coughs a few times during the day. At night, she is up coughing once or twice



But when she is outside playing, she can only run for 4-5 minutes before coughing so hard she almost pukes. And it can take a very long time for her to stop coughing.



We've seen 3 different doctors about this. They ALL say it is allergies.



She is on claritin in the morinng, and hydroxyzine at bedtime/evening



This has been going on for about 3 weeks now, maybe a bit longer.



I don't know how much more we can take. She obviously hates it and I am literally going crazy. I just want to break down and start crying. I've even considered self harming (but I won't, no worries. Just wanted to show you how bad this is affecting me)



She has her 5 year physical on thursday and of course, we'll be talking about it




Does anyone have any advice?



When she is in her coughing fit, the only thing that works is cold cold air. Like standing in front of an open freezer or by a window at night.



Thanks to all who read this. I just really need help

************************* Chehalis, Washington 362 posts
15th Apr '13

DS had the same thing but was diagnosed with asthma as well. He takes Zyrtec, Singulair, and Xopenex. No problems since.

ღ Diana ღ Michigan 15726 posts
15th Apr '13

Could it be asthma?

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56009 posts
15th Apr '13
Quoting ღ Diana ღ:" Could it be asthma? "


She has seen three different docs and I asked each of them if it could be. They didn't "hear" it in her lungs, and there is no family history on either side

The Blissful Six 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Massachusetts 10260 posts
15th Apr '13

Sounds like asthma.

ღ Diana ღ Michigan 15726 posts
15th Apr '13
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" She has seen three different docs and I asked each of them if it could be. They didn't "hear" it in her lungs, and there is no family history on either side"


That's strange because it really sounds like asthma.

W.W. 3 kids; Arkansas 7922 posts
status 15th Apr '13

I have asthma and that's what this sounds like. I'd talk to a doctor about it and see if she could get prescribed an albuterol inhaler and when she gets to coughing, if you can get it calmed down enough for her to use it, see if it helps.

A is Me 1 child; South Carolina 3782 posts
15th Apr '13

Sounds like she needs an albuterol inhaler for her fits.



Allergies can excascerbate asthma. Maybe it's a combo of the two. I can see why the doctor couldn't "hear" the asthma in her lungs, considering it is swelling of the airway.



Maybe Claritin isn't very effective for your daughter. Might have to try another antihistamine...

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56009 posts
15th Apr '13
Quoting A is Me:" Sounds like she needs an albuterol inhaler for her fits. Allergies can excascerbate asthma. Maybe it's ... [snip!] ... is swelling of the airway. Maybe Claritin isn't very effective for your daughter. Might have to try another antihistamine..."


I am really going to press the issue with her doctor on thursday during the physical



She is so much better than she was before the meds though. She used to be up coughing for hours at night.



My poor girl :( I feel so bad for her




And I'm going to pick up Zyrtec tomorrow morning.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56009 posts
15th Apr '13
Quoting A is Me:" Sounds like she needs an albuterol inhaler for her fits. Allergies can excascerbate asthma. Maybe it's ... [snip!] ... is swelling of the airway. Maybe Claritin isn't very effective for your daughter. Might have to try another antihistamine..."


I am really going to press the issue with her doctor on thursday during the physical



She is so much better than she was before the meds though. She used to be up coughing for hours at night.



My poor girl :( I feel so bad for her




And I'm going to pick up Zyrtec tomorrow morning.

A is Me 1 child; South Carolina 3782 posts
15th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kelly&Coralie:</b>" I am really going to press the issue with her doctor on thursday during the physical She is so much ... [snip!] ... be up coughing for hours at night. My poor girl :( I feel so bad for her And I'm going to pick up Zyrtec tomorrow morning."</blockquote>




That does have to be a horrible feeling but you're doing all you can for her by getting her to see docs and giving her allergy meds. Sometimes it's just a trial and error thing til all is well. My little brother had allergies and asthma growing up, but outgrew them as a teen. Good luck.

LittleBear's mama 3 kids; Ontario 480 posts
15th Apr '13

Sounds a lot like my two kids. They were diagnosed with asthma and allergies. Their asthma is triggered both by allergies (mainly outdoor/environmental) and by exercise. They would have huge coughing fits, and would actually puke they were coughing so hard. They are both on a ton of meds. My daughter is on advair and omnaris, with a ventolin puffer for emergencies. My son is on an OTC allergy pill, singulair, nasonex, flovent and also has the ventolin for emergencies. Can be very hard to diagnose in children, especially if your child doesn't have the typical asthma wheeze. And they say allergy testing doesnt really show anything in most kids until they are at least seven.

tinana+2 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29680 posts
15th Apr '13

Might sound a little crazy, but maybe you guys should run to her next doctor's appt. Maybe they'll hear it then :shock:

The Great Mustachio Suck It, PO, Uzbekistan 9383 posts
16th Apr '13
Quoting A is Me:" Sounds like she needs an albuterol inhaler for her fits. Allergies can excascerbate asthma. Maybe it's ... [snip!] ... is swelling of the airway. Maybe Claritin isn't very effective for your daughter. Might have to try another antihistamine..."


Indeed, wtf @ the doctor.



That's exactly how I was diagnosed with chronic asthma when I was 4. I grew out of it though (luckily).

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56009 posts
16th Apr '13
Quoting tinana+2:" Might sound a little crazy, but maybe you guys should run to her next doctor's appt. Maybe they'll hear it then :shock:"


She had a major coughing fit while we were in the office. I thought for sure they would say it was athsma or send us to the er or something. It was bad



But they can't hear the wheeze or whatever.