I recently attended a forum for parents of asthma and allergy sufferers. It was dynamic, positive and very informative.
During these discussions it was interesting to hear how many people experienced insufficient support from their GP.
Some GPs were adamant the patient did not have an allergy and would not refer them for testing. Others refused to provide Asthma Management Plans for schools because children can not be called "asthmatic" until they are over 7 years of age. Still more were not being adequately educated on the correct method for administering medication. The specialists in attendance were very cautious but did recommend that parents consider second opinions when they feel the current care is not adequate.
As these experiences were exposed many participants expressed their pain and frustration. They felt guilty they were unable to find relief for their child.
However, the positive and helpful nature of all participants in the group helped them understand that they know their own child better than anyone and if they are not confident with their current health care plans they should seek alternate opinions.
This forum re-enforced the benefits of coming together with like minded people to discuss allergies and asthma. The exchange of knowledge and support helps to reduce the burden and stress. If you can not find a support group in your area - via your association or Facebook, maybe you should consider starting one!
And don't forget - should you require after hours, bulk billed, doctor visits you should consider the NATIONAL HOME DOCTOR SERVICE - they will send a qualified doctor to visit you at home in any suburb across Melbourne, Geelong, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Sydney. They also have a mobile app!