I am a mom to 5 daughters. Out of them, only 1 of them has asthma thankfully! The one that does, has had it since birth. She ended up in the hospital at 3 weeks old for 5 days...that's when we 'found' it. She spent many days in the hospital for the next 10 years.
She was on daily breathing treatments for years with a nebulizer, sometimes that wasn't enough, that's why she ended up in the hospital...she now used 3 different medications every day. When she was about 10, the Dr. said she was old enough to take inhalers without worry. Meaning, that she could 'puff' the correct amount in without a problem. She is 16 now. She takes two preventives; a pill, Singular, and an inhaler, QVar (twice a day)....her life literally changed with these two preventives. She carries an Albuteral inhaler, but she rarely uses it.
I too have asthma, but mine is seasonal. I only take Qvar from March until July....and carry an Albuteral inhaler, but rarely if ever use it all season.
I am thinking your son needs a change in medications? I would consult your Doctor. Since my daughter started using the Singular and Qvar together all those years ago, she seriously has not had an asthma attack since. When she used to get the slightest cold, she'd end up in the emergency room...but now, we know how to manage it with an extra 'puff' of Qvar....she swims all summer, runs and plays tennis without any sings of being an asthmatic. She has learned to live with it and knows when her body is telling her it needs another 'puff' before she ends up in an attack. She has not outgrown her asthma...if she runs out of Singular, she can feel the difference within 2 days. I now have to make sure I set 10 pill aside because she forgets to tell me that she needs more until she's out! I can tell when she's out and has forgotten to tell me because you can see it coming on....you get to know your kids and the sings of when they are sick. She has only done this twice, but even at her age, I worry...I've seen how sick she can get....I've seen her turn blue...so I do worry.
My friend uses Singular for allergies/asthma and swears it's changed her adult life.
I wish you and your son the best trying to find the right combination of medications to get him through every season without another asthma attack. He can live with it but not show any signs of it. I hope that day is SOON!