Last 2 months have prob. been my worst so far. Never had colds/flu... before or felt wheezy, usually just coughed a lot and tight chest/felt like breathing through a straw. Had sinusitis for years too & hayfever/allergic rhinitis but now constant stream of green gunge down my throat. Had several lots antibiotics, no better or even feel worse since the last lot with prednisolone 30mg 2 weeks ago.
Never been referred to hospital or gone to A&E yet. Came close to calling out of hours GP/A&E last weekend as ventolin not helping much. Have asthma nurse appt 2moro so hope that's useful as need new action plan, review & new peak flow meter. Not sure what can be changed, on step 4 management (see BNF/British Thoracic Society for guidelines). I've montelukast, Seretide Accuhaler (fluticasone & salmeterol) 250 twice a day, mucho Ventolin with spacer, fexonfenadine 180.
Apart from higher dose/longer course steroids and/or hospital referral, is there any other options? Never been on Symbicort for example or theophylline? Is there much difference/benefit between the different steroid inhalers? Had been on various doses up to max Beclometasone before I couldn't stand the non CFC taste of Clenil.
Very glad I've got a prepayment cert. but why do some often less severe conditions mean free prescriptions for life? At least we have the NHS though. Glad I haven't moved back to Ireland, A&Es awful & pay full prescription costs, prepayment per month is the same as year cost here.
Urrgh, rant over. Hope everyone's doing ok!