Alternatives to Benadryl & steroids?
Good morning. 5 a.m. here. Up again with asthma for my PA/TNA daughter. This is starting to be a nightly and sometimes daily occurence. Dr. wants to put her on steriods. Anyone else have any alternatives? I've heard about magnesium therapy and have done a lot of reading up. So far the remedies help, but still have to be administered often.
For example, we have used Lobelia with great success, sometimes in place of her inhaler, but, like the inhaler, it still has to be given about every 4 -6 hours. (anyone else use Lobelia?)I need something for the constant inflamation for her. She is so sensitive to everything. I never know if it is FA, pollen, dust, animals or what. She has a slight outbreak on her face today and had an asthma attack at church yesterday morning too. They did serve a TN-containing dessert there, but don't think she or anyone else that touched her got near it. It's probably the pollen.
At any rate, this is getting serious. I can almost set my alarm every night for her to wake up 4 hrs later coughing. I'm not a big believer in Western medicine because of all the side-effects, but I'm about ready to put her on the steroids. Any suggestions? Please!
Also, we give Benadryl on a fairly regular basis, altho I try not to overdo it just for a little sniffle. What do you all do whose kids are allergic to the red dye etc? Doesn't the dye-free version have sucralose? I don't want to give her that either. I read somewhere about an alternative to Benadryl and now I can't find the book. Thanks.
I'm beginning to feel desperate. Please don't be too hard on me; I know some of you are pro-doctor/steroid and that's fine. Just want to look at all our options. I need alternatives. Am going to call an Environmental allergist tomorrow I think.
Thanks for any help out there.