Posted by: | 2020/07/28


Could my son have asthma?

My son is 12, breathes loud and a little fast, gets a out of breath after exercise but other than that he is ok. But now that masks have to be worn we have discovered this makes his breathing louder, says he feels like he just can't get enough air and says his chest hurts and sometimes his eyes sore. Someone suggested checking hi peak flow and i did. He is 155cm peak flow at best 310 worst 260, after wearing a mask for only 5 minutes best 250 worst 190 does this sound like asthma ?

Expert's Reply


Asthma Expert
- 2020/08/03

It is entirely possible that he has asthma.  It is also likely that he is reacting to something in the mask.  Depending on the material the mask is made of, it can provoke hay fever and even wheezing.  The asthma issue needs to be addressed with your medical practitioner as the material or fibre in the mask is a provoker.  Try a different type of non-irritating mask.

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