Been mild asthmatic since puberty and for the last year since menopause (thinking hormonal triggers) things have got much worse and am reacting to all sorts of new triggers: exercise, new allergies etc. Am now feeling rough, hitting a cold or something (thick green snot, coughing a lot, to the point of retching, blocked nose). Have previously been given both emergency supply of pred and antibiotics by GP to self-administer when infections hit. Am wondering whether or when to crack open the packet. But realise am not sure when or if to take them. How does one know if an infection is viral or bacterial? Does one just take antibiotics anyway in case? Seems to me to risk future resistance issues to take the antibiotics willy nilly, but, whilst still not fully-controlled, my asthma has got better since last summer's flare up, so am anxious to prevent a chest infection developing. Any advice on precautionary antibiotics? I could go back to the doctor for more specific advice, but feel a bit of a hypochondriac doing so for what might be just a cold, that may not go to the chest (though is my tendency to get very chesty hence the antibiotic and pred prescription in the first place). Am on montekulast, anti-histamine and 2x250 seretide 2x daily, so no precautionary increases possible there.
Still feel very new to this so thanks in advance for any advice.