My son's not formally diagnosed yet, and docs are bit stumped, as theres no wheezing, so they don't think its asthma, but I've noticed his breathing being relatively heavy & fast over the last few weeks. Xray came back clear.

He's had a couple of episodes where he felt as though he was breathing through a straw. Peak flow should be 412 accd to his age & weight, but is only 240 (was 290 a couple days ago)! At a& e they simply said they don't really use peak flow meters anymore. Took him to the gp today - she doesn't think its asthma, as no wheezing, but said to take salbutamol twice a day. Next appt isn't until mid dec. No query as to what may have caused this at all, - was hoping to have lung function and/or allergy tests, but was denied. He's had black mould in a corner of his room, which I noticed quite late, but have since removed, and we have new hamsters, one of which is in his room. Would it make sense to ask for further testing, esp allergy testing, as this has come on suddenly(ish)? Am in the processs of finding the hamsters a new temp home to see whether that will make a difference, but is there anything else I ought to ask for? Feel as though we were given the salbutamol because GP didn't know what else to do. Am planning on giving it when he gets home. Has anyone had side effects from this? Thanks for getting this far & sorry for long post, just feeling slightly (read a lot!) overwhelmed.

9 Answers

voyles74
Answered 10 months ago    reply

I have asthma and wheeze sometimes, but mostly I cough. I was told I have cough variant asthma. There are a lot of us out there. Unfortunately most doctors think if you don't wheeze, you don't have asthma. Also, I am very allergic to guinea pigs. Kind of a random allergy, but maybe he is allergic to his new pet.


kathey89
Answered 10 months ago    reply

I was diagnose in march after a really bad chest infection and since then i been to a.e 7 times at the moment my peak flow is 350


shizuecanning37
Answered 10 months ago    reply

I have allergic asthma and don't wheeze at all, even when it feels like my lungs have shrunk to the size of tennis balls. And I also had black mould in my apartment for a period :( I was on Salbutamol but changed to Bevotec as I felt Salbutamol was making me feel strange and a bit out of it. Although in retrospect it could have been the asthma attacks that were making me feel a bit out of it - I had just been diagnosed and was unsure what was causing what symptoms. To me it sounds like your son has asthma, but of course I am not a doctor. I would definitely suggest getting allergy tests. If he does have allergic asthma, he should be on something like Symbicort as well.


confer.g
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Not all people with asthma wheeze. It is possible that the mold in his room and those hamsters could be triggering those episodes. If he does have asthma, it is likely allergic asthma. Allergies are one of the main triggers of my asthma, especially pollen mold, and cat dander. My episodes often make me feel like I’m breathing through a straw. If your doctor won’t test for at least allergies, then you should find a doctor who will. Until then, have him sleep somewhere else away from the mold and see if his breathing gets any better. If you want, you can order a peak flow meter online. Also, keep a journal about his episodes. Include details about his surroundings (e.g. presence of potential allergens), how he feels when he breathes, and, if you get a peak flow meter, his peak flow. Good luck❤️


sheets.e
Answered 10 months ago    reply

thank you! hamsters are having sleepovers with friends & my son will sleep in a different room tonight. I had removed all the mould, but Ive discovered it has come back, so will tackle tomorrow. we've set up a hepa air filter in the bedroom he's sleeping in tonight. will look into allergy testing - did you get it done on the nhs or privately?


ril.pinkston
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Not all asthmatics wheeze


o.tammera87
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Black mould should be removed by a hazards company. You cannot stop it. It will infect the whole house if it's not taken care of properly. Did you tell the doctor about the mould? Your son may need special treatment for it. And yes, no more animals in his bedroom.

ril.pinkston
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Theres several types of black mould. Not all black mould is dangerous.

sheets.e
Answered 9 months ago    reply

The doctor wasn’t interested in any potential causes:( The only thing they wanted to know was whether he smoked (which he doesn’t). I will be pushing for allergy testing.


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