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Post your questions here for a Q&A with Dr Mike Thomas of Asthma UK

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RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 27-Apr-11 10:55:37

We're pleased to say that Dr Mike Thomas, the Chief Medical Advisor to Asthma UK, is going to be answering your questions about anything and everything to do with asthma.

Asthma affects 5.4 million people in the UK, and although there is perception that it's no big deal, three people die of it every day in this country.

May 3 is World Asthma Day, and Asthma UK is asking everyone affected by asthma to speak out about how asthma makes them feel and affects their lives. The idea is for sufferers, their family members and friends to join forces, share their stories about how serious asthma can be, and help put asthma on the map.

Please post your questions for Dr Thomas here.



Damienmccrea1982 Fri 04-Sep-15 12:50:34

My 5 year old daughter has been treated (not diagnosed) for asthma. She is currently taking 10 puffs salbutamol 3 times daily plus when required, 2 puffs of clenil rice per day and singular 4mg at night. This does not seem to help. Her sleep is interrupted and she is restricted in all activity with fits of coughing and shortness of breath.
She recently completed a 5 day course of 20mg prednisolone with little or no effect. I am keen for her to be referred to a specialist but have been sent from GP to A&E who just seem to increase her dosages.
I am frustrated and would ask if anyone would have any recommendations. From what I have read she is between step 4 and 5 for the management of chronic asthma where it is suggested a referral to a respiratory paediatrician. What is the next stage as I feel I am watching my daughter slowly become worse and am concerned that she will suffer an asthma attack in the near future.

Debs40000 Thu 27-Dec-12 19:59:47

Hi my daughter is 12years old and just over two weeks ago was having difficulty breathing. My husband took her straight to a&e as it was late in the evening. After doing various breathing tests and examinations, they gave her a salbutamol inhaler and spacer, which has helped. The doctor said he would write to the doctors surgery. I waited two weeks then rang for an appointment, as the inhaler was running low. With the Christmas holidays the next appointment was 3rd Jan 2012, I asked the receptionist if they had received the letter from the a&e doctor, they had. I requested another inhaler as the one my daughter had was running low, they refused and said that I would have to see a doctor, but again it wouldn't be until 3rd January 2012. Can the receptionists do this? Would be grateful for your advice.
Thank you

Stephanie36 Tue 13-Nov-12 14:40:02

Hello, please can you give me some advice regarding the use of Seretide 250mcg in pregnancy. I have had asthma since the age of 7 and it hasnt really improved over the years, so a few years ago my doctor at the time put me on seretide. I am really panicking now that this medication has affected my unborn baby as everywhere on google suggests that this shouldnt be taken in pregnancy. I have been given assurance from my current GP but still cannot relax, I am now 12 weeks pregnant and have been using it since day one. Thank you.

Thingsfallapart Mon 16-May-11 21:43:24

Another belated Thank you. I will see the GP this week and be very demanding. Thanks again.

chickchickchicken Mon 16-May-11 20:27:27

a belated big thank you. i see my consultant this week and will be printing off your thorough answer and following up the suggestions. thank you very much

madhairday Wed 04-May-11 13:21:56

Thank you so much for your answers Dr Thomas.

KatyMac Wed 04-May-11 09:19:20

So sorry I missed this I have lots of stuff about DD & DH I want clarifying sad

JackJacksmummy Wed 04-May-11 07:27:55

Thank you for your reply Dr Thomas

lifeistooshort Tue 03-May-11 23:20:33

A bit belated wanted to say a big thank you to Dr Thomas

Jux Tue 03-May-11 22:56:48

Excellent. I shall never clean again. grin

fartingfran Tue 03-May-11 20:35:50

Thanks very much for that Dr T. I'd better toddle along to the GP again. Very thorough and informative Q&A, great!

Guacamole Tue 03-May-11 20:35:24

Thank you very much, a very interesting Q&A!

herbietea Tue 03-May-11 20:29:13

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whomovedmychocolate Tue 03-May-11 12:44:04

Thank you Dr Thomas - that has put my mind at rest enormously! If only our hospital consultants could answer questions like this in such a straightforward manner. smile

ilovemydogandMrObama Tue 03-May-11 09:41:17

Thank you! smile

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 03-May-11 09:33:27

Hi everyone, we've got the answers to your asthma questions now from Dr Mike Thomas - thanks to him, and thanks to everyone who posted questions.

Today's World Asthma Day and we've got more information about Asthma UK's Get It Off Your Chest campaign here.

tjacksonpfc Sat 30-Apr-11 10:22:46

Hi am I to late to join this thread now. My son is 5 and got diagnosed with asthma at the age of 3 after a battle with the gp as my dp didnt agree he had asthma. Even though I got diagnosed at the same age and he had all of the symptoms. Eventually he agreed and prescribed ventolin. Miracaolusy within a day of taking it his symptoms improved. He has been managing well just on ventolin when needed not used much in the summer but regulary in the winter. He is monitored by the asthma nurse at our gp surgery we have moved so have a new gp.

The question is the last 2 weeks he has had to use is inhaler more often even to the degree of using it 3 or 4 times during the school day. I have got an appointment with the asthma nurse next week. But I am thinking it sounds like his asthma has got worse so what type of diffrent medication is there now I use becotide daily and ventolin.

many thanks

NK2fce16b6X11b507a801f Sat 30-Apr-11 09:26:17

Hello. My son was diagnosed with Asthma when he was about 2, he is almost 9 now. Over the years we've had conflicting opinions - it might be croup or it is still asthma. he only gets symptoms when he gets a cold. He's been taking medication for the length of the asthma and has been taking Symbicort for 2 years- I'm concerned about the prolonged use of strong medication and confliction opinions - can you provide any advice please?
Thank you

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 29-Apr-11 10:24:28

Hello all,

Thanks very much for your questions. We're going to send them off to Dr Thomas now, and endeavour to get the answers up in time for World Asthma Day on May 3.

In the meantime, if you haven't already, you might like to have a look at the Get It Off Your Chest campaign, where you can post up your experiences.

I'll post the link to the answers page when it's up.


nottirednow Fri 29-Apr-11 08:59:54

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notremotelyintofootie Thu 28-Apr-11 22:27:02

I developed asthma when I was 18 following a pretty bad case of bronchitis, I am now 37 and have to take seretide twice a day and flixotide 50 twice a day (upped to flixotide 250 when I have chest infections...). Every winter I end up with chest infections after a cold and this winter I had 4 courses of antibiotics along with prednisoline to resolve an infection that was hanging around for 2 months!

What can I do to try and avoid this and am I ever likely to be able to come off my inhalers?

fartingfran Thu 28-Apr-11 22:25:15

Hi and thanks for coming smile

I am asthmatic but I only have symptoms when I am exposed to allergens. The problem is that my job involves unavoidable exposure to them!

I manage with daily antihistamines and occasional salbutamol. I have been given betamethasone but don't use it as although my peak flow's generally a bit low I don't feel that my symptoms are frequently severe, and if they are I can get by with extra salbutamol. Often the symptoms are at their worst at night after daytime exposure so I guess it is reactively managed.

Is long term exposure to allergens likely to cause me chronic respiratory problems or can I continue to be as cavalier laid back about managing it? I have asked GPs in the past and never been given a definitive answer.

whomovedmychocolate Thu 28-Apr-11 20:58:26

I would also like you to answer PfftTheMagicDragon's question regarding virii - DS only every gets asthma when he gets a virus and he seems to get completely different symptoms to his sister when they both contract the same thing - he gets wheezy/coughing she gets snotty and stroppy. confused

NettoSuperstar Thu 28-Apr-11 18:48:06

Forkful, I've not paid for my prescriptions in years, as I'm on a low income, and I live in Scotland so all are free now, but I still think it's a valid point to raise.
Asthmatics shouldn't have to limit their costs, they shouldn't have to pay them at all.

forkful Thu 28-Apr-11 18:44:02

<<I've seen lots of posts about prescription charges (in England) for asthma sufferers not being free sad. To limit your cost you need a pre-payment certificate. I've written a thread about them here in order to avoid diverting this thread.>>

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