Posted 4/23/2013 10:12 PM (GMT -6)
Ayurvedic Herbalism which is India's ancient system of medicine, get good results with the herb Boswellia. it also can help any inflammatory issue. not many risk but check with your doc. the Chinese or TCM herbal system use Schizandra berry and Balkai Scullcap. the herbs mullien and elecampane are good. omega-3s by the truckload. new study shown Black Cumin Seed Oil relieves same inflammation that Advair or steroid containing inhalers or pills. i am not a nut for all natural remedies but asthma does respond to these pretty good. N-Acetyl-Cysteine and N-Acetyl-Carnitine are two amino acids that could be helpful.
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Posted 4/25/2013 4:47 AM (GMT -6)
I'm just seeing these, thanks very much for the suggestions!
Posted 4/27/2013 2:58 AM (GMT -6)
You child needs to see a specialist, not a GP, NP,  or pediatrician etc.
 SmurphyShadow has a good list of potential  causes from GERD, chronic sinusitis, cystic fibrosis, achalasia and asthma obviously. These need to evaluated NOW not when you get back to the States.
I would hope that there would be an allergist or possibly a pediatric pulmonologist at a major US military base. If so insist on a referral.

If not, then as has already been mentioned Japan has excellent medical care. You may need help finding a allergist or pulmonologist. The reason I would opt for an allergist is he/she can work up all the issues that have been discussed and others and then refer you to pediatric pulmonary, ENT, or gastroenterologist if necessary. Be sure they are Board Certified. 
In other posting you have been given several options for finding the appropriate doctor in Japan.
Another source for an allergist would be to go to American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. They will have members in Japan.
The American Academy of Allergy Asthma 
and Immunology | AAAAI
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Remember the system is slow moving. You have to be your own advocate for yourself and your son.
Good luck 
I too would like to add my thanks to your husband, your family and all those who serve to protect our nation.

PS Common sense should discourage you from giving a 2yr old child herbal supplements. These are not approved by the FDA. They are certainly not study scientifically for safety, efficacy or drug interaction in adults and definitely not in children.

Remember these are my thoughts and are not medical advice. T

Post Edited (Tread) : 4/27/2013 2:04:45 AM (GMT-6)

Posted 4/30/2013 8:57 AM (GMT -6)
Thank you for the thoughts, we are actually going back to the states very soon for a visit and I am going to be referred to a pulmonology (I think) specialist which we can see in either San Diego or Hawaii and his ped here thinks he needs to get looked at quickly. NOthing came back from ENT so they are thinking this is mainly a lung disorder. I just really don't want my little guy on steroids but they do seem to help a bit.
Posted 4/30/2013 1:06 PM (GMT -6)
I hope all goes well. Good luck

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