Having seen a few posts where people have said doctors have been reluctant to offer an allergy test, I'm wondering if this is a common problem?
Personally I struggled with severe asthma my whole childhood - saw many nurses, GPs, consultants, etc., none suggested an allergy test and finally one consultant even just deemed that it was probably dust and had my mum wearing herself out constantly dusting and changing bedding.
It was not until the age of 18 during a chest infection/exacerbation so severe I had a peak flow of 250 and stopped responding to inhalers that I was finally offered an allergy test. I was severely allergic to cats and dogs, both of which we owned. I was not allergic to dust at all. No GP or consultant had ever even enquired whether we had pets.
Allergy test literally changed my life - now live in pet-free home, asthma is under control, no steroids, exacerbations or chest infections for several years.
Surely as everybody knows asthma is usually triggered by something, as soon as asthma is diagnosed it makes sense to determine what those triggers are. But this doesn't seem to be the case for many people. What have others' experiences been? Were you offered a test?