Originally Posted by Shelby_36
I've never heard of RAST testing. Do you think a smaller city would have an allergist with this or is it mostly at the big medical facilities?
At this point we've just been seeing our Family Dr. She is really good and she has been reluctant to do the allergist thing because she knows what they will do as soon as they get her.
She did say yesterday about the pneumonia component of it and possibly sending her to a pulmonary specialist at some point.
She's feeling better now..I gave her cough med for the croupy cough and it had codiene in it so she is sleepy. Her breathing is better and she can have another neubulizer in an hour. She told me a few minutes ago she knew what wwould make her feel better ...a kiss.... too cute.
A small city should have an allergy/asthma clinic. If you get a referral, the allergist would tell you whether or not he/she feels that your child has allergies. There are a few outward symptoms of allergies that the doctor looks for - one that's common in children is the nasal crease, which is a line that goes across the bridge of the nose that results from repeated rubbing.
The RAST testing would have to be done at the hospital, though. I believe the bloodwork is also a sendout, so it could take up to three weeks to get results back.
Do you have any pets in your home? Plants?
Pulmonary specialists - the good thing about pediatric pulmonologists is that most of them think of allergies playing a role in asthma first. Most are equipped with the supplies needed to test for allergies in young patients. So, either an allergist referral or a pulmonologist would be an excellent idea.
Oh! And if you do get a referral, ask the doctor about obtaining a peak flow meter. Most children around your daughter's age are capable of doing peak flows. What this helps with is determining how she's responding to treatment, when her asthma symptoms are minimal, and when the asthma is bad enough to go to the doctor or the ER.
Glad to hear she's doing a little better.
Asthma sometimes seems to be much worse for people in the morning (especially with a virus!). Around 3PM, it gets better, and then at night it can get bad again.