I have cough variant asthma but only when I have a major physical stress in my life. Examples are third trimester of pregnancy (when I was first diagnosed); pneumonia about 7 years ago (hospitalised twice for 4 days each) and chest infections. Colds don't trigger asthma symptoms. I am, I know, very much more fortunate than a lot of asthma sufferers and believe me, I count my blessings!
The problem I have is that due to side-effects, I don't want to continually use the preventer inhaler. I actually only need support from a preventer about every 18 months to two years when I get a chest infection or other big problem. The thing is of course that the preventer takes time to build up, so by the time I know I need it, it's almost too late to start!. I'm using Clenil Modulite (Symbicort makes my cough worse, aargghh!)
I'm beginning to wonder if I should just start using the Clenil every time I start with ""cold"" symptoms (once I've ruled out hay fever, which I occasionally get a little). This would mean I'm using it far more than I actually need to, but on the up side, it would hopefully shorten the nights waking up coughing every two hours when I do need it.
Presently on day 3 of 5 on antibiotics to get rid of the current chest infection, stiff neck from ""sleeping"" on mounds of pillows and pulled muscles in lower abdomen from the cough!
Does anyone have any suggestions of a steroid that starts working more quickly or any other thoughts on how I might manage? I wondered if oral steroids might be the way to go but GP says these are only for emergencies and it looks like they take a little while to get started anyway.
All help and suggestions gratefully received!