I cross-posted in special needs until I realized there was an allergies forum. Duh. I apologize. I'm copying and pasting. I hope someone is able to shine a little light. I'm not sure just how much to "put up with" because I know asthma symptoms run a cumulative affect and I don't want to be doing damage to her lungs by allowing this to continue and our pediatrician has pooh-pooh'ed my suggestion to run allergy testing several times over the years. Another thing I didn't mention below is that she is dairy-free but it's only been about 2months.
My daughter is 5 and was officially diagnosed with asthma at 2. I believe her official term on record is moderate persistent asthma. We had her on pulmicort once daily from 2-4 1/2 and took her off for last summer and never put her back on. The triggers we've pinned down appear to be cigarette smoke, any time she's ill, and seasonal allergies/pollen. This year has been particularly bad. We've dealt with severe coughing spells after coming in from outside or while playing outside and near constant wheezing for about a month now. We saw the pediatrician last week and there's no other symptoms to indicate illness(fever, runny nose, etc) We did a 3 day course of oral steroids that helped for less than 5 days and she was wheezing again. I'm calling again tomorrow for another sick visit but I'm not sure where to go now. She also started back on OTC Claritin last week which decreased the wheezing so instead of breathing treatments every 4 hours around the clock it's probably only 3 or 4 times a day. I'm not sure if this is just to be expected at this time of year for a few months or if we should be medicating more intensely. I'm doing all the normal things like humidifer, no outdoor line drying, bathing the pollen off nightly, doors and windows shut, cleaning normally for pollen/dust. We have no carpeting and linens are washed weekly in hot water. I'm at a loss. She's on a 7ft leash attached to the nebulizer multiple times a day and the 'roid rage is starting to frustrate me AND her.