Hi, Iâ€™m new here and relatively new to asthma. I just had a few questions that I hoped someone would be able to answer.
I had asthma as a child and as far as I know it was well controlled and one of those things that I just grew out of. I am now 19 and 2 years ago I moved into university accommodation. After moving my breathing became very unsettled at night, I struggled with constant colds and sinus problems. I saw a doctor and was diagnosed with asthma and allergies to mould and dust (both of which appeared in my student room)
I was prescribed cetirizene daily and seretide (salmeterol/propionate) twice on a morning and twice on a night and also ventolin for when needed. This seemed to work fine for my symptoms and I felt as though I was going back to normal after a difficult few months.
However in about March this year I transferred to a new doctors surgery and had a meeting with an asthma nurse which I had never had before. This was really useful, however she pointed out my peak flow was low at an average of 300 when it should have been about 430, she told me to monitor the situation and if I was needing my blue inhaler more than twice a week I should come back.
Late March/early April my hayfever symptoms mixed with allergy symptoms went crazy, I was feeling groggy, my eyes were constantly streaming, had a hayfever rash on my forearms and terrible headaches. Then came the terrible wheezing and chest aches. I went back to the doctors and was given a new hayfever tablet, loratadine and some antibiotics for suspected sinusitis. And then today some hydrocortisone for some eczema/allergic reaction on my neck.
Really my questions are, does anyone know of anything that can help me through these summer months? Is there anything I can be doing differently? Or anything I should be asking my doctor or asthma nurse about? Is it possible for me to get a peak flow meter for home?
Thank you in advance.