Posted 1/10/2007 7:28 PM (GMT -7)
A person w/asthma is classified as intermittent or persistent. If the exacerbations occur only during certain times of the year, it is classified as intermittent. The exacerbations can be severe, but only occur periodically. Most of the time it is during the fall & spring (barometric pressure changes, pollen, etc).
How old is Hayley? Do you know her triggers? If the exacerbations occur during fall & spring & she's old enough to use a peak flow meter, you can control an asthma attack before it becomes severe. If the exacerbations occur during the fall & spring, it's probably due to pollen & she can be placed on a maintenance program of antihistamines & placed on routine tx during these times.