Originally Posted by graceomalley
Just addressing the 'chronic' part.
Chronic asthma is defined as an asthmatic condition which is long term (in this case, over 3 years) and persistent. It's chronic because the inflammation is there, whether the attacks are occurring or not.
This child fits the description of a chronic asthmatic. Frequency doesn't come into the equation when you're talking about whether it's chronic or not. If frequency is mentioned, it's mentioned in severity, eg 'chronic severe asthma' or 'chronic mild asthma'.
As for dangerous - well, lung scarring is hardly safe or desirable.
"Chronic" was the wrong word to use there but I don't think she severity of what is being described here warrants a CPS call. That would be blowing things out of proportion. "Asthma" can have different causes and different types of treatments.
Originally Posted by Multimomma
Normally I would agree, Abi, but my concern is that the inhaler lasted so long because he had less severe attacks that went untreated. Even if breathing resumes normal on it's one, scarring can occur.
If the OP doesn't understand what asthma is and what kind of damage can occur, it wouldn't surprise me if this happened. My brother and I both had asthma growing up, but I wasn't taken to the dr because mine wasn't as 'severe' as my brothers. So by the time I was 14 and finally had one bad enough to scare my mom, I had permanent damage.
I have asthma.
When my dd was showing some symptoms I took her to an allergist because I have had serious environmental allergy issues my whole life. I grew up seeing an allergist regularly and going through all those tests and all those different types of treatments.
My nephew has a serious lung disease and extensive lung scarring. If my sister was in that situation and ignoring it then I would think the reaction the OP received would be fair but the OP's son doesn't have nearly that severity to deserve that. I merely suggested she take her child to see people who might know what they are doing. I wouldn't tolerate a physician getting hysterical and crabby at me when it didn't appear that such behavior was warranted.
Of course she should take her child to the Dr but I do not believe in taking a pile of meds without also trying to find the cause of the issues.
I am extremely allergic to house dust so I take steps to keep my home a little more free of dust in order to prevent so many reactions. I am allergic to oak trees so atm I am loaded up on allergy pills because I cannot eliminate oak trees from the face of the earth. I am allergic to cats so we don't keep cats. There are sometimes more answers than just meds and specialists could help her find them.