I'm struggling a bit at the moment.
I had colds last October, November and December! I needed oral Steroids in October but that was the only time I had them in 2011.
In the new year I felt like I'd got a constant cold and the Asthma was playing up, especially in the mornings. My GP thought I might have developed Rhinitis and gave me Beconase nasal spray. This seemed to have made some difference.
At the beginning of the month I got another cold. I doubled my Seretide, and after one week needed Prednisolone. Days 3 and 4 of Pred I was in my local ED as was still tight and apparently had poor air entry. Luckily I responsed well to Salbutamol and Atrovent nebs and am now on antibiotics as ED felt I might have got a chest infection.
My steroids have now finished although I'm still on antibiotics. I feel better but my peak flow hasn't improved as much as I thought it would and Im still needing Salbutamol.
This weekend was the first time I needed treatment in ED so have been a bit scared by that, not helped by conflicting/poor advice that I've had in the past including being told to double Seretide (even though I know this is no longer recommended) and not needing Steroids as I wasn't wheezy even though I was having lots of symptoms and poor peak flow readings.
ED did suggest I might need a referral to the hospital asthma team, but couldn't refer me themselves and I will need my GP to make the referral. I've asked several times for a written plan but don't have one.
Anyone else been in the same position? How did you deal with it? Can you offer me advice?