My daughter was diagnosed with Asthma around 2 years ago, however her symptons are coughing and not wheezing. Her Asthma is worse in winter as her trigger is having a cold, the problem is she seems to get more colds than most! During January/February we had around 5 weeks of colds, one after the other, when her coughing at night was so bad that it would turn into croup and on numerous occasions I would lie awake with the inhaler at the ready or even sit in the bathroom with her with the shower running to create plenty of steam.
My point however is not around the times when she is ill as I can accept that she will have asthma symptons when she has a cold, but more around the times in between when she seems to have this repetative daytime cough, it's a dry throat clearing cough and the doctor seems to think that because it is not bothering her and doesn't devleop into severe coughing unless she's ill, that we should accept that she has a higher cough refelx than normal and not try any alternative preventing medicine.
We are already using the purple preventer inhaler (seretide 50) which seems to have reduced the severity of her coughing when she is ill, but should we accept that a niggly day time cough when she's perfectly well is OK?
One of the side affects on the seretide leaflet is an increased risk of colds, she does seem to have more colds since being on it but the severity of coughing attacks has decreased.
I don't know whether the GP is playing it down because of costs, or whether they genuinely believe that because it is not bothering her that we should not pump more drugs into a 4 year old. They referred her for a chest xray just to make sure there was no pocket of infection they had missed which makes me think they are genuinely trying to do what's right for her never mind the costs, but I'm not sure it's right for her to have the persistent niggling dry cough even when she's not poorly?Does anyone else have any similar experience?