I'm a new member and as my profile says I'm in denial about it all still. Triggers are some aftershaves, cleaning products, pollen, cigarette smoking, and viral infections!
The ony triggers I can't really avoid are viral infections and pollen. I've had a recent exacerbation triggered by a virus. Probably my fault I got so bad as I'm not really compliant at taking Seretide. At my review a few months ago nurse said I could double Seretide in an exacerbation. I queried this due to the Salmeterol content; but she said it was fine. (My Seretide is 125/25 and regular should be 2puffs am and pm!)
Found out via Astham UK that I shouldn't really be doing this and perhaps should have been offered a rescue course of oral steroids!!! (I've always refued them previously - and got away with it but when I contacted on-call Dr last week I would have gladly accepted them!)
Have now got another asthma nurse appointment booked - the recent exacerbation has motivated me to take Seretide properly and ask for a self management plan to avoid future problems.
Ages ago - when first diagnosed I had a really good self management plan which also included symptom scores and wasn't just based on peak flow and included stickers for my peak flow meter. Are they still available, it was invaluable and helped me alot.
Wow - is that the longest message?