My DS (12) has mild asthma, but last year, it seemed to get worse during the school year. He had bronchitis four times, and we even had to begin neb treatments (which he has never needed before). He's on QVAR 80 and Pro Air HFA, montelukast, ranitidine (GERD), and his ped just started him back on loratadine. We thought about having allergy testing, but he's done so well this summer that I really didn't see the point. (He's had NO issues this summer except a little congestion.) Now that school is about to start again, I'm getting a little concerned about potential triggers. I know he has exercise-induced asthma, but he also gets triggered by heat and humidity, and I am pretty sure that he is also triggered by viruses. His asthma symptoms are cough and shortness of breath, and occasional wheezing, so I know that when I hear that cough, he's having an asthma flare. Any suggestions about avoiding triggers? I was thinking about having him start an asthma journal to see if that will help, but he's 12, and it's hard enough to get him to do his homework.