What Are Your Experiences With the Use of Advair for Asthma?

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I have browsed through other About.com websites and am very grateful for all the information that I have been able to gather from them.  I have a 13 year old son who has been diagnosed with Asthma lately and like many people, he develops allergies on and off. He told me that he had started feeling breathless after he completed doing his exercises but that he did not experience it always. When I took him to the doctor, he referred us to a Pulmonologist and we were able to make an appointment with him. Before seeing the Pulmonologist, he was made to do the Pulmonary Function Test and they also took an X-ray of his chest and as per the results, he was prescribed Advair, Albuterol and a nasal spray for his rhinitis. I am not very happy about him being prescribed steroids if he is not having too much of a problem. And also, I have heard and read about the side effects that Advair has on its users. I was thinking if any of you could give me some advice regarding Advair I would be grateful. Has anyone had any issues when using Advair? Do you know of anybody who has experimented by using Homeopathic medication or medication using natural herbs for the treatment of asthma?
Actually, I was under the impression that the doctor would ask them to test him for allergies and get us to set our home right by improving the surroundings as per his allergies. Instead, he just straight away put my son on medication. I will be happy if you could give me some inputs on how you have helped your child overcome his asthmatic symptoms.
asked Dec 30, 2010 by anonymous

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