Wednesday, November 02, 2005

AANMA on the Danger of "Mild" Asthma

Just an important item to share from AANMA's Allergy and Asthma Today: In a small article on page 9 of the issue, there's a really, really urgent reminder.

"Mild Asthma Myths" reminds us all that 'The risk of severe asthma exacerbations seems to be unrelated to the symptom severity." So a child diagnosed with mild asthma is no less likely to suffer a SEVERE attack than a child diagnosed with severe, persistent asthma.

It's a wakeup call for me to always keep that MDI and spacer on hand, whether I'm traveling with Persistent Asthma Boy or Mild RAD Boy.

In a somewhat morbid footnote to the article, moms are invited to order a free copy of the booklet, "Mikey's Mom Didn't Know Asthma Could Kill" by calling AANMA. Is it just me, or is that seriously creepy?


Chrysa Cullather said...

Yes, always keep in mind that asthma can kill. And don't be lured into thinking a child has "outgown" asthma. Our son's preschool teacher's son died at 35 from an asthma flare. Tragically, he believed he was asthma-free as an adult and went on a boating trip with friends, but no meds. They couldn't make it back to shore in time.

Aimee said...

OMG, what a terrible story!!

This is another reason the whole myth of "outgrowing" asthma pisses me off so much!

BTW, Chrysa -- good to see you on teh AP list!