I have had asthma since childhood.
Albuterol... is a Bronchodilator.
It is used to open up the airways... when it is constricted/inflamed and the person is laboring to breathe etc.
It does NOT.... reduce mucus. It is NOT... for mucus.
ANY cold, can affect Asthma. Or make it turn into an asthma attack.
Or, affect the airways. Or affect breathing.
Kids, may present different symptoms than adults, per Asthma.
A 'cough' can be due to colds or Asthma.
Asthma, is also often triggered by colds.
Because any cold does affect the airways.
You NEED, to be real observant.... of your child with asthma.
It does not matter if there is mucus or not. Asthma occurs even without mucus.
IF your child is laboring to breathe or the chest cannot inhale fully... or she is turning blue or breathing shallow or is wheezing... you need to give her her Asthma meds.
Pulmicort, is a steroidal asthma med. Cortosteroids, work to reduce inflammation, too. Per Asthma. It is necessary.
Albuterol and Pulmicort, is often used together, to handle and manage the Asthma.
IF she is having worsening symptoms and fever... LOOK out for secondary infections. An Asthmatic... has weakened lungs. THEREFORE, they can also get Bronchitis or Pneumonia. Which a fever may signal, Pneumonia.
Yes, an Asthmatic, CAN get Bronchitis, other lung colds, and Pneumonia. Each being a separate lung illness.
So it has to be treated.
Coughs are associated with any cold and Asthma as well.
Wheezing.... is associated with Asthma. NOT colds.
You do not 'wait'... until her Asthma symptoms worsen... before giving her her Asthma meds. That is too, late.
AND you give the Asthma meds.... PER the prescription directions, per the Pediatrician.
Singulair... is for ALLERGIES. Not Asthma... it also like any other allergy med like Claritin... dries up the mucus. NOT cure the Asthma. It is NOT an Asthma, medication, but used for Asthmatics, in TANDEM with other Asthma meds. Singulair... works to reduce the Leukotrienes which are chemicals your body releases when you breathe in an allergen (such as pollen). These chemicals cause swelling in your lungs and tightening of the muscles around your airways, which can result in asthma symptoms.
KNOW the meds and what it is for. Each of them.
Asthmatics, often use things like Sinulair and Claritin or other 'allergy' meds in tandem with the Albuterol etc.
It is for specific, ailments.