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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Vitamin D affecting asthma?

So we're at Asthma Doctor's office last week getting #2 son's Xolair shot. For those of you who have never heard of Xolair, it's for patients with moderate to severe asthma whose asthma is uncontrollable by traditional treatment plans.

My pale son, who likes to read and play computer is being asked by Asthma Doctor if we should check his Vitamin D level. Hmm, what makes him think that might be low? The fact that he spends little time in the sun?! It seems that those with low levels of Vitamin D are at higher risk for severe asthma symptoms. I'm all in favor of anything that can reduce his symptoms. It's not unusual for him to suddenly drop 150 points on his peak flow meter during an asthma attack.

It's been 2 1/2 years since he's been in the hospital, that's the longest he's gone without being admitted. They may have to give away our corner suite in pediatrics to someone else.

It's amazing what little things can affect asthma. #2 Son also suffers from acid reflux, which can also trigger problems with asthma.

We'll see what the lab report shows for his Vitamin D level. In the meantime, I'll have to tell him to put down the book, turn off the computer and go see the outside world. You know, the one that has sunlight and fresh air. Wish me luck.

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