My daughter has been treated for asthma on and off since a baby. Never anything serious and she has been the only one in the family who wheezes so usually it is straightforward. Recently she has had a dry cough for weeks and we have seen several doctors with no luck. It sounds like she is clearing her throat and then she coughs a dry cough. It is worse during a meal and after playing boisterously. She has no other symptoms and the doctor simply said he does not know what is wrong. We are exploring several options: reflux, a habit, allergy, asthma. He thought the most likely was asthma and wants her to be seen by our very experienced nurse. I don't get along with the nurse too well but am willing to try.
My question is: has anyone experienced anything similar before? I don't want to medicate her for something she does not have but this is very distressing for her at times. I have been told sometimes it is asthma that is at the brink of deteriorating that can cause such an irritation, but as she does not really get better with ventolin I am sceptical. The doctor wants to put her on Seretide if the nurse agrees. She currently takes Clenil and Ventolin, but in small doses (2 puffs twice a day). What is Seretide meant to do? Am I right to assume its a long acting bronchodilator or am i on the wrong track. She is nearly 6 btw