I'm new here, unfortunately I'm not new to asthma. I have been diagnosed with mild-moderate asthma since young childhood, I don't have mild asthma attacks, or even moderate asthma attacks, I have severe-hospital-admission type of attacks for no apparent reason.Like a lot of asthmatics, I am struggling with the hot weather, my chest is near enough constantly tight and painful. I'm getting short of breath a lot easier than normal. I take salbutamol and seretide inhalers. I have upped my seretide as directed by my resp. consultant and I'm taking my salbutamol 3-4 times a day, for a few hours afterwards, my chest feels better but once it has worn off, it feels worse than it started. I haven't needed prednisolone since this time last year when the weather was hot and causing issues. I have upcoming surgery which won't be performed/will need rearranging if I need any steroids between now and then so I'm not wanting to take them if I don't 100% need them. my peak flow is around 70-80% of my personal best at the moment, getting up to around 90% after taking salbutamol.
If you have managed to read all of this - how do I know if I need steroids?