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#1 Lallalla

Posted 31 December 2019 - 07:39 PM

I am a bit at my wits end. We’ve had smoke around for weeks but i still don’t have a clear plan. I do have multiple air purifiers in the house, we have every window closed, my daughter is on the dose of preventer she usually has mid winter and the smoke is still getting to her.

I just don’t know what we would do with her if the fires got any closer (and they are getting closer), other than use prednisone/end up in Emergency - any suggestions?

#2 Grrrumbles

Posted 31 December 2019 - 08:12 PM

I think everyone’s advise would be go to Emergency if you think she needs checking but if you can get into a GP they may be able to prescribe some other treatments.

We are lucky DS was started on a new medication a month before the smoke started here which also helps with allergies and has kept his asthma stable.

There are a few different options the GP might consider.

It’s rough though, we haven’t been outside for more than a few minutes for weeks now. Things were cancelled in the kid’s last weeks of school.

#3 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 31 December 2019 - 08:46 PM

Talk to your GP. They might add in an extra med or change the dosage and you should leave with a clear plan. I saw my GP before visiting NSW about the smoke issues as we had a fire near my place and it caused a flare. She gave me a very clear outline of what to do. Even just knowing that the preventer I am on I can up the dosage to 4 times a day if it’s flaring was helpful. (I also walked away with a script for prednisone as she trusts me to know when to take it if needed. And as I hate taking it, she knows I won’t take it headlessly). And said if at any time I am worried head to emergency.

#4 Tall Poppy

Posted 01 January 2020 - 03:29 PM

Given that many GPs are closed at the moment don’t hesitate to take her to emergency.  Many people every day are presenting at emergency with symptoms from the smoke, I have a friend who works in ED and she sees it every shift. Better to go sooner than later.

#5 PrincessPeach

Posted 03 January 2020 - 08:16 PM

Exhoing everyone else, if concerned head to emergency immediately- its easier to prevent a full blown attack then bring them back under control.

But in the meantime, id see if you can get her into your GP & ask for a medication review - specifically upping preventatives & ask for a script to get oral steroids made up to keep on hand. We have dexamethesone for my little asthmatic, having that on hand has saved many trips to emergency & our plan has very clear instructions on when to use it. Plus our plan also has us doing burst therapy when giving the steroids, those two things in combination have really reduced our number of trips to emergency.

#6 blimkybill

Posted 03 January 2020 - 09:02 PM

Apart from the GP check and possible medication changes, there are certain other things you can do to make the house even lower in smoke. Note I haven't had to do these things myself I have just seen the ideas recommended.

- Make sure the filters on the air purifiers are clean enough
- make sure the room size is appropriate for the filter. Consider making a couple of "clean rooms" in the house, as you may not be able to cover all rooms.
- close doors to the bathrooms, as extractor fan vents let smoke in
- place wet towels at the base of doors to cover the gap and absorb some of the smoke particles coming in under the door
- cover any gaps where outdoor air may be coming in. I saw someone placing clear contact over ceiling lights that had gaps to the ceiling space (obviously they then did not use those lights). Cover vents for any ducted heating or evaporative cooling
- Use a P2 mask when you have to go outside
- consider relocating for a little while if its possible
- use the Air Rater app to track smoke levels in our area and in other areas you may visit.




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