Alright mamas- help me out!
My DD is 11 years old and has a somewhat checkered, although generally fairly benign history with allergies. She's had a bit of a rash since she was a baby. It doesn't irritate her, and we've really not done to much about it. I took her to her ped at the time, who suggested a steroid cream, which I thought was a bit of an over-reaction...
We cut out all dairy when she was 2 or 3 years for a few months. It did seem to make her rash a tiny bit better, but we love cheese, and the improvement was slight- so the dairy-free living didn't last to long. So she lives with the rash, which is mainly on her thighs/upper arms/sometimes abdomen.
She has also had a runny nose- oh, for 6 or 7 years now. Always clear mucous, fairly persistent, no other real symptoms. I have terrible allergies, as does my dad, so it wasn't surprising to me. We did some allergy skin testing last year and she only showed positive for dust and dust mites. I, on the other hand, am allergic to nature in general! Anyway, I took the stuffies out of her room, covered her mattress and pillow, made attempts to vacuum more often (we rent, so no possibility for wood floors) and she started on Claritin. It helped a bit, but nothing super impressive.
Then I picked her up from school one day about 9 months ago and she was wheezing and tired and her back hurt, etc. So we went into her ped and her O2 sats were in the low 90's. They gave her a breathing treatment, started her on a 5-day course of Prednisone, gave her an Albuterol inhaler, and prescribed 5mg of Singular daily. She went in for a chest x-ray and had another breathing treatment the next day. Everything cleared up and things were good. No official diagnosis of asthma and life went on. I think the end diagnosis was simply an exacerbation of allergies which resulted in an asthmatic-type episode.
She's been taking the Claritin and Singular since this episode. She's run out of the Singular a couple of times for a day or two (I'm a rotten mother, I know) and it really seems like her wheezing comes back without fail and she ends up using the Albuterol.
Yesterday she had another acute episode. Her ped couldn't get her in, so we went to urgent care and she had a breathing treatment, more Prednisone, cough syrup for her new cough, and antibiotics for an ear infection (which had been totally asymptomatic!).
So I guess I'm just trying to figure out where to go from here. Honestly, I'm a labor nurse and don't know much about standard treatment for whatever it is that she has. I really HATE that she's on daily medication and I'm not excited about an asthma label.
I'm aware that they are thinking it's asthma if she's taking Singular, but I've just ignored that.
But now that she's had two acute episodes, I'm wondering if maybe she needs a different regimen. We've tried a few more "natural" remedies in the past few years- she ate local honey daily for a few months with no improvement and we tried nettles as well, but that didn't do much either. Of course, this was before her first episode...