Allergy testing really isn't that bad and the results are well worth it. Food allergies are more common than most people think. Our Pulmo does the allergy testing so we no longer see the allergist. Trying to cut down on the number of docs we see, lol.
There are a lot of misconceptions about asthma unfortunately. Not everyone with asthma wheezes and not everyone has asthma attacks. Alana very rarely wheezes, or at least you can't hear it without a stethoscope. Her inflammation tends to be very deep in her lungs. When her asthma flares up she does get short of breath but only with physical activity like swimming, dancing, or running. She doesn't usually cough at night either, only with more severe flare-ups.
There is such a thing as allergy induced asthma and I think that has been one of Alana's problems. She has done much better since eliminating the foods she's allergic to, but we can't eliminate mold, weeds, grass, and trees, lol. Perhaps Eli does have allergies and maybe even to some foods. I'd definitely recommend taking him to an allergist ASAP.
I could have writen this word for word about Heath. Heath uses Flovent 2 puffs 2x's a day to prevent. He is much better in NY then he was when we lived in GA but we still have an attack about once a week and need to use the Ventolin. Both inhalers with an aerochamber spacer (he did not do well with the 10min neb machine) with the spacer he only has to breath 6 breaths and it is done.
He also takes zertec once a day and we had to get tubes in his ears to help with some of the draining. They think taking his A&T will also help his body drain and breath better. But yea we can hear it in his lungs only with a stethoscope and we did a camera scope of them once and he has extra folds in his lungs that hold fluid and so the cough comes from him trying to get that out. With the Chair Malformation he dose not have the strength to clear them. It is not an infection but he still feels like he is walking around with fluid on his lungs so the x-rays shows up as "gunky" and not clear. Working with PT on his core strenght has helped with his breathing issues as well.
Alana's Pulmo says that her asthma would be more severe if she wasn't as active and physically fit as she is. She dances 3+ days a week which is giving her lungs a really good work out.
I'm happy to say that her cough is starting to improve today! Of course she did have to use her inhaler at PE because they had her running a mile in the heat and her chest started feeling tight. Regardless, her peak flow numbers were back up to normal tonight and I'm ecstatic!