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Old 10-22-2012, 06:40 PM   #11
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The problem with this is most people aren't just allergic to dust mites, they are often allergic to at least one pollen as well- which means line drying is a big no-no. Washing and/or drying at 130 F will remove dust mites and all bedding should be washed weekly at that temp. Things that can't washed can be frozen for 24-48 hours.

Since it is happening overnight it probably is dust mites. If there is carpet in the room it needs to be vacuumed often- recommendation is like twice a week, but we do ours everyday because we have dogs that also bring in and contribute to dust mites and pollen. Also suppose to remove any soft stuff that is not needed- ie stuffed animals.
Wow! Didn't know that! Thanks!

Thankfully, we don't have severe enough allergies to have to do any of these things. to all the mamas that do!

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Re: My 4 year old has a chronic cough

That really sounds like asthma. Some people (like all my children & I) have what's called cough variant asthma where we never wheeze and only cough. It starts as a night cough, often during the change of seasons, change of temp outside or following an illness (say I get a bad cold, the cold will go away but the cough will linger for a few weeks after).

Some drs are clueless about this & insist that if you don't wheeze, you don't have asthma but that's not true. My lungs always sound fine but with out asthma meds, I will cough until I vomit.

I'd check in with an allergist and see what they think about this & mention the idea of cough variant asthma & what they think about that. Good luck!
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:23 PM   #13
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Thank You! I will look into finding an allergist!
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:52 PM   #14
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Re: My 4 year old has a chronic cough

My thought was also asthma. Are you certain it's not cough variant asthma?

My son has asthma that often presents as a persistent cough (which responds only to a bronchodilator). The quote below outlines all my kiddo's triggers to a tee, basically.

He's ten times better on maintenance meds. It might be worth checking into for your guy.


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That really sounds like asthma. Some people (like all my children & I) have what's called cough variant asthma where we never wheeze and only cough. It starts as a night cough, often during the change of seasons, change of temp outside or following an illness (say I get a bad cold, the cold will go away but the cough will linger for a few weeks after).

Some drs are clueless about this & insist that if you don't wheeze, you don't have asthma but that's not true. My lungs always sound fine but with out asthma meds, I will cough until I vomit.

I'd check in with an allergist and see what they think about this & mention the idea of cough variant asthma & what they think about that. Good luck!
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That really sounds like asthma. Some people (like all my children & I) have what's called cough variant asthma where we never wheeze and only cough. It starts as a night cough, often during the change of seasons, change of temp outside or following an illness (say I get a bad cold, the cold will go away but the cough will linger for a few weeks after).

Some drs are clueless about this & insist that if you don't wheeze, you don't have asthma but that's not true. My lungs always sound fine but with out asthma meds, I will cough until I vomit.

I'd check in with an allergist and see what they think about this & mention the idea of cough variant asthma & what they think about that. Good luck!
This. My dd was four with the same symptoms.
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