I moved to the Pacific Northwest 9 months ago and am experiencing new allergies. I have not been tested for...
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I moved to the Pacific Northwest 9 months ago and am experiencing new allergies. I have not been tested for allergans for over 20 years. Would this be a good idea? What types of pollens are problematic out here?View Thread
My 5 year old has been struggling w/ asthma since she was an infant. We have been on steroids 3 times just since January, antibiotics at least 5 with 2 of the treatments being over 2 weeks long. She is on the high dose Dulera (not specifically approved for <12years), Singulair (just bumped her up in January from 4mg to 5 mg), and Zyrtec daily. She has many food allergies. She's been off the foods for about 2 years now and we recently had skin and blood testing again. It showed on the blood test that she was still allergic to the same things as last time. The skin testing showed she was extremely allergic to cats and not at all to dogs. This is a joke because the minute we step foot into a home where dogs are she immediately starts coughing and sneezing, eyes water, etc. The blood test confirmed the severe allergy to dogs. We do know cats are an allergy but that the skin test was so off I'm irritated. The pulmonologist said the skin test shows some mild allergies to milk, apples, and bananas. Blood test shows no allergies to those things. Sooo, we have eliminated those things just to be sure. She's still struggling with staying healthy. She coughs all the time. She picks up every bug/virus/sickness and consistently uses her neb, most recently especially at night. She's been tested for CF to which she is negative. She is only 38 lbs and with our dietary changes has now dropped to 36lbs at 41" tall. Her immune system looks pretty healthy except for elevated allergic parts (I think IgE and eosinophils? I don't have the paperwork w/ me). Has anyone else had issues w/ a child not staying well even on daily asthma medications? We've eliminated all food allergens including any ingredients listed on the food labels, she sleeps in a room with an allergen air purifier w/ allergen filter, allergy pillow/mattress covers, I wash her sheets in hot water every weekend. I'm lost. She's struggling so much to stay healthy and I don't know if I'm missing something. We live in an area where there is one pediatric pulmonologist so I'm writing to find out if this is normal or if I should drive a few hours away for a second opinion. We have another appt next week as a follow up to her appt last week when they prescribed her a Z-pack, 14-day antibiotic and prednisone. They want to do a CT and bronchoscopy as the next step. Any advice? Any similar situation? Does this really sound like asthma or have any of you heard of diagnoses that this could be other than asthma? Or an underlying condition? I've googled a million things and I'm convinced she has something else going on but I don't know what! Or am I just overreacting? Is this just how asthma works? Any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated. TIA!View Thread
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