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frequent pneumonia

my son's got pneumonia at 8-9 mos old, also had really bad exzema (eczema) with it. spent one night in the hospital. when he was 1 1/2 he got pneumonia again. spent a week in the hospital. the doc was unsure of the type of pneumonia, and quite frankly didnt seem to know what he was doing. he really pushed hard to him on singular. even raised his voice to me. he explained that if he wasnt on singular all of his colds would turn into pneumonia. that he may develope asthma, and that singular may not work on him, but if it did, it would also work on his younger brother. (younger brother never had any type of problems) i didnt want to put him on something he may not need. hes had a couple colds, which have never turned into pneumonia, until last year- 4yrs old. ive gone thru a series of doctors, no one said anything about asthma until i brought it up. he doesnt have any problems other than when he gets a serious cold. he also runs high fevers with his bouts of pneumonia. is this asthma? i am asking to see a pulmonologist. does anyone have any advice? or stories simialr to this? dont want my sone diagonsed with this if he doesnt have it. does that make sense?
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Viral infections like a cold can cause inflammation of the airways of the lungs.  Usually when this occurs, your son may cough when he is active or laughs.  This inflammation can cause wheezing and coughing.  After the cold is gone, it is possible for the inflammation to linger.  This inflammation can last for several weeks.  Sometimes this inflammation may linger for 3 to 6 months.  Eventually the inflammation will go away, and then the wheezing and coughing will stop.  This is called reactive airways disease (RAD) and behaves a lot like asthma.  This inflammation often clears more quickly when it is treated with an inhaled steroid medicine, which is given to treat asthma.  It may be possible to keep your son well by using Singulair
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