Long time lurker, first time poster here. Given some of the great advice elsewhere on these boards that I have benefitted from in the past, I am hoping that someone might be able to help me here.
Essentially, my asthma is fairly moderate, but has gone downhill over the past year or so - most probably due to moving to a different area of the country. Anyway, that is something that I am still figuring out with my GP, but I am currently on Seretide 125 twice a day, and have had two short courses of Pred over the last few months, as well as being nebulized on a few occasions.
My question though, is this. I am a secondary school teacher and have been offered the chance of taking a group of kids on an expedition to the Indian Himalayas next summer (2012). I have spoken to my GP about this, who is very positive about the whole thing - suggesting that I can be given lots of medications/anti-biotics etc. and that my asthma should be more under control by then once we get over this tricky period.
I am still a bit unconvinced though! My main worries are the pollution in Dehli (where we would be spending a few days at the start and end of the expedition); the altitude (the expeditition would potentially include climbing Stok Khangri - over 6000m high) - and even without this, I would be trekking at very high altitudes (4000m +); and the fact that I would obviously be in a position of responsibility, so don't want to be taking any chances.
Any advice or information that anyone could give me would be hugely appreciated - anything from stories of other asthmatics who have travelled in this area, or have trekked at high altitudes, to facts on whether inhalers even work at such high altitudes, or information on people who could at least give me advice on it.
Thank you in advance!