Hello lovely asthma people, thanks for being here.
I'm looking please for personal experiences of excess hair growth caused by steroid inhalers (specifically Becotide). My partner has suffered bad asthma since being little and has successfully used Pulmicort and oral Prednisolone throughout childhood (sometimes in life-saving circumstance) without any adverse effect. Around age 15 she was prescribed Becotide and at this time started to develop thick dark hair on the lip and chin which has obviously been an enormous source of emotional stress and psychological damage (not to mention the thousands of pounds spent on electrolysis). Doctors have always maintained that Becotide cannot do this and that because her hormone levels and polycystic ovary tests have always come back negative, that some people are just hairier than others.
She's now 27 and the hair just keeps getting worse and worse, noticeably so during the winter months when Becotide dosages increase. Having done a bit of DIY research with Dr Google I consider that hirsutism as a side effect of inhaled steroids is exceptionally rare but not completely unheard of:
We're now in the very difficult bind of trying to decide if the cost of using this medication is now outweighing the benefit. I'm not asking for any medical advice - she's going to see both the GP and the asthma nurse to discuss options - but does anyone please have any personal experiences that they are willing to share?
Any comments are welcome and very gratefully received.
Kindest regards, JG x