Your son has been diagnosed as having asthma. The main medicine to prevent and treat this illness is the use of Flixotide. This medicine is often called the 'preventer' medicine. The Ventolin should be regarded as being the 'reliever' medicine. Ventolin must only be used if your son starts to cough or you hear him wheezing [a whistleing sound] when he breathes. Do not use it routinely, only the Flixotide must be used every day. Ventolin has a fairly short action of about 4 to 6 hours and for that reason should be used as needed. Asthma medicines will not prevent your son from getting a chest infection.
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