I am new to this forum and glad having found it.
The last 3 years my asthma has been in remission and as I have allergic asthma primarily, I only took a very low dose of inhaled steroid to help me in the spring and summer months with much pollen in the air and did not need to take any asthma medication in autumn and winter months (from Sep-Jan). I was totally off inhaled steroids and other asthma medication when at the end of January, I caught a very nasty virus affecting both stomach and lungs. I got an acid reflux after it and severe cough attacks. They have gotten so severe that in the last 2 weeks I experienced 4 asthmatic attacks.
I went to my GP who told me to restart my asthma medications in my summer dose. This obviously wasn't sufficient as 3 days ago, I got another attack. I doubled the dose of preventer and also took salbutamol before inhaling the corticosteroid. My attacks are usually mild but long-lasting and only the last 2 days I felt that my situation improves but I am totally exhausted. I sometimes feel totally smashed, and it's since I take salbutamol 3x daily. When something fell down, I got so unnerved and aggressive, not being able to take anything more. Do you know this effect of salbutamol? Does it make you kind of more exhausted and less resilient to stress? Or is it due to the exacerbation only?
I sometimes feel quite unprotected without my preventer in winter as I know that cough infections can reactivate my asthma. However, I am glad that I do not have to take medications all over the year.. Nevertheless, it can leave me in a much more vulnerable position and even aggravate my asthma maybe? It has gotten from grade 1 to grade 3 at the moment. Now that the pollen start, I maybe should keep up this dose until sooner or later and then reduce?