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My 8 year old has asthma and takes 3 different puffers daily.

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My 8 year old has asthma and takes 3 different puffers daily. None of these stop every minor cold he catches resulting in a chest infection, is there something else he could be taking?

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The answer

There are two main kinds of inhalers – "relievers", which open up the airways, and ‘preventers’, which reduce the inflammation that causes symptoms. They don’t stop infections, usually caused by viruses, from happening but they are designed to reduce the wheeziness you get from these infections if you have asthma. However, if your son is getting wheezy every time he gets a viral respiratory tract infection, do speak to your GP about adjusting his inhalers. If that doesn’t help, it may be worth considering a tablet called a leukotriene reception antagonist.

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