Allergy Med for Asthmatic?

Updated on April 20, 2016
H.L. asks from Washington, DC
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My 4 year-old has viral-induced asthma (only has asthma when sick with a cold and at no other times).

He is on Singulair and Flovent regularly and Pulmicort and Albuterol nebulizer treatments when sick.

He got a cold on Wednesday and we started his cold-induced asthma plan right away. Our Pulmonary Doctor has said to have him on his sick plan for a few more days. He also ended up with a double ear infection with this cold and he started with antibiotics yesterday.

He has had allergy testing and came out negative for everything, but he is prone to outdoor allergies only when he gets a cold.

I know that certain allergy meds are not good for people with asthma symptoms. I'd like to give him some relief asap.

I'm not looking for help regarding his viral-induced asthma nor his ear infections. He is not in any pain and the antibiotics are working.

My only question that I'm seeking advice for is - What is a good allergy medicine that I can give him now that won't interfere with/worsen asthma symptoms? Benadryl, Claritin, other?

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answers from Honolulu on

A couple of questions: have you spoken with the pharmacist who dispenses his prescription medications? That is your best source for medicine advice. My daughter takes lots of meds, and I always ask to consult with the pharmacist (with my daughter's chart pulled up) when purchasing an over-the-counter thing.

My second question is you said he had allergy testing and was negative to everything, but is prone to outdoor allergies when he gets a cold. Can you elaborate on that? And what kind of allergy testing did he have? Did he have the blood test, the skin prick test?

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answers from Boston on

Please discuss this with the doctor. I think it's very odd that someone would get allergies to outdoor allergens only when having a cold. Maybe what you mean is that the already-inflamed nasal passages react when they normally don't react as much to allergens (which is why he tested negative). Personally, I'd work on immune system support - I had the same situation as your son for many years, and resolved it entirely without meds. Friends had a son like yours and did the same thing.

I think it's very very risky to use allergy meds on top of other meds/nebulizer treatments without talking to the doctor or pharmacy head. Non-pharmaceutical products with no warning labels, yes, but drug interactions are too risky to chance to recommendations from lay people like us or those who don't have your child's medical file.

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answers from Portland on

So what's the allergy med for? Can you elaborate? Is he having an allergic reaction?

I have kids with exactly what you are describing. So very familiar with your symptoms and course of treatment.

Ours had ear infections with their colds and asthma too.

I would definitely at very least check with pharmacist before administering another medication. But I still am not clear on what the allergy pill is for. I wouldn't give unless you know he is having a reaction. Or if you've never tried one on him and he's already not feeling well. Better to ask your doctor. I know you just want an answer, but this is one of those cases I think an expert should help you.

Are you giving him pain relievers for the ear? And not laying him flat - our kids did better being slightly elevated (mattress) so the pressure wasn't too bad in the ear.

good luck and I hope he feels better soon. The antibiotics should work soon

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answers from Portland on

This is a question for his doctor. We are not trained or experienced in determining what medication will work for your son.

My 15 yo granddaughter has been seen by an allergist regularly, since a baby, for asthma and allergies. She has taken various medications over the years, always recommended by the allergist. Even tho allergy medications can be obtained OTC, a medical professional should be consulted when one is taking prescription medications.

What kind of allergy testing has your son done? Blood or skin prick? The skin prick is more accurate and may show allergies not shown in a blood test.

I suggest it's unlikely your son only has seasonal allergies when he has cold induced asthma. I wonder how you know his symptoms are caused by allergies instead of by the cold, asthma and/or ear infection.

I urge you to ask his doctor if he needs medication for allergies. If he hasn't been tested for allergies by a doctor specializing in allergies and asthma, making an appointment may be helpful. Ask his pulmonary doctor.

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answers from Atlanta on

Are you open to looking into essential oils? If so you could use lemon, lavender and peppermint for the allergies and breathe to help calm the asthma. DoTERRA brand is medicinal grade. You can diffuse or put on hands and have him breath in the fumes off his hands. Nice thing about the oils is they hit every cell in your body in 30 minutes and you can reapply as often as needed without fear of over dose. They will help!

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answers from St. Louis on

You want to read the bottle. Asthmatics should not have any aspirin and many over the counter medications state, do not take if you have asthma.



answers from Oklahoma City on


Allergy meds DRY THEM OUT which will make the asthma symptoms MUCH worse. Please don't do that.

Follow the docs instructions. The antibiotic for infection and breathing treatments for the goo in the lungs.

The nebulizer fluid has medication and WATER in it. The water helps moisten the goo so it will come up easier. If you give them an allergy med it will turn the goo into super glue goo and can turn into pneumonia.

Allergy meds are NOT needed in this instance at all. Our doc put a couple of the kids on Claritin. So "safe". One had a sudden personality change where they acted out in big ways. I mentioned to the pharmacist that I didn't like that medication, it made the kiddo act bad and the pharmacist told me that his #1 complaint on Claritin was that kids did that. He thought it was because they get so dried out inside their sinuses and lungs that it was uncomfortable. That they were in pain. So they acted out because they didn't have the words to explain what was going on.

Your child's allergy testing showed they don't have allergies. They are more sensitive when they're sick. The two have nothing in common. We are all more sensitive when we're sick. That doesn't mean we should suddenly start treating for symptoms that are a result of what we have, other than the general treatment for the virus or bacteria we have going on.

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