Posted 11/14/2010 5:54 PM (GMT -6)
I have chronic asthma hon. And the steriod inhaler is her medication to prevent attacks. The doctor you saw, was it a pulmonologist? Because that is a doctor whom specializes in asthma, if it wasn't take her to her primary and get a refferal to a pediatric pulmonologist. It is easier, as she is a child to give her an inhaler to do every day than to get her to take a few pills. In fact, I personally prefer the steriod inhalers, over the advair and pills because I am constantly on the go between my chemotherapy and caring for my grandmother with alheimers. So I use the inhaler every day, as I can do no matter where I am at over a few seconds. It does sound like your daughter has environmental asthma. There are different types of asthma. I have both sports and environmental asthma. Sports induced asthma is having asthma attacks while like running, swimming, you know exercise. I did notice however, when she does have attacks, it is severe attacks. I am not sure if they told you this, but during an asthma attack your airway becomes restricted. Due to this, if not treated right away during an attack and respond to treatment, you can actually cause brain damage due to lack of oxygen. This usually presents in a worsening attack to the point where one loses conciousness. That is why it is actually really important to keep asthma well controlled. I suspect they just dont want your daughter to get so severe to where they can't control it. I've unfortunally had those severe asthma attacks where I've lost conciousness. Last time I did that, I was walking into the ER and someone in scrubs asked me if they could help me, I handed them my inhaler, so they knew it was either COPD or Asthma (same treatment for both) and proceeded to lose conciousness right after I handed the guy my inhaler. I was told that day, if I had came in 30 minutes later, I would of died and there was nothing they could of done about it. That is the next city bus for me. Since then, I've started doing as they told me to do, and did my steriod inhaler daily, still do. I have not had an attack like that in two years now. I've had smaller ones, where my rescue inhaler was needed. Please dont hesitate to ask as many questions as you want hon. Moderators, this is based on personal experience not my medical training.