My 10-year-old daughter was diagnosed with asthma four years ago. She currently inhales Serevent and Flovent 220, two puffs a day of each.
Her symptoms are worsened by seasonal allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. When this occurs, she needs additional medications. She’s never seen an allergist. What are the benefits of doing so?
Most asthma in children has an allergic cause. The fact that your daughter worsens depending on the season increases the likelihood that her asthma involves allergies, at least in part.
For some people, they wonder if allergies are bad enough to see an allergist. Trying to control allergies and asthma requires planning, experience and patience. An allergist can develop a treatment plan for your own condition and needs. The goal is to let you lead a life that is as normal as possible.
The allergist can advise proper environmental control, such as removing triggers from the bedroom; can prove through allergy testing that your daughter is allergic to environmental factors, such as pollens, dust mites, mold spores, or animal danders; and can suggest avoidance measures.
The allergist can also provide allergy shots that may lessen your child’s sensitivity to her triggers.