I was diagnosed with allergic asthma two years ago and my body never agreed with inhaled steroids (the side effects were horrendous: depression, lack of energy, extreme weakness... the list goes on). A year ago a doctor put me on allergy drops, which combined my three allergens (dust mites, mold and cat dander) into one mix. To make a long story short, I had a terrible year dealing with non-ending wheezing, but when I finally hit my 10th month of allergy drops the symptoms started to disappear!! I'm now in the 13th month and haven't used any Ventolin for three months. Imagine my joy...
Now, what shocks me is that allergy drops and shots don't get much publicity, not even here, and it still is the ONLY treatment available that treats the cause of asthma and not just the symptoms. I realize this statement is only valid for allergic asthma, but let us not forget that around 50 to 60% of asthma is allergic, even in adults.
By saying this, I just hope that anybody with allergic asthma will read these words and try allergy drops or shots. They may be expensive and very slow to start working, but they have the potential to give you long-lasting relief with no drugs and little to no side effects.