background: still learning to live with this, asthma hit last year, probably heightened hormonal sensitivity to allergens with perimenopause/ menopause. But I also get exercise induced asthma so take a couple of puffs in advance. Been coughing a lot all summer, completely stuffed nose etc, but coughing in reaction to cold swimming pools as well. Am on max dose of seretide, singulair, antihistamine. I have been supposing that these daily episodes are perhaps 'normal' given seasonal challenges, and just something one has to live with . However, I've read that if one has to use ventolin more than once a week then the asthma is not under control, but I am definitely using it on a daily basis, is this the case with others here?
In the last few days, I have had two really quite scary wheezy, coughing attacks. But conversely on both days my morning peak flow has been at pre-asthma diagnosis personal best (it has taken 18 months for the peak flow to slowly rise back up since flare up and diagnosis). Usually with coughing fits, they start with a tickle/itch at the back of the throat but on these two occasions, yesterday and Friday, it started like a gradual tightening of the windpipe, as if I was being winded, slowly strangled, and then fairly uncontrollable coughing to the point of retching and calmed down EVENTUALLY by about 6 or 7 ventolin puffs. No obvious trigger except a migraine at the weekend would suggest I am probably very hormonal this week.
Were these two asthma 'attacks', as opposed to daily asthma episodes? And should I go to the GP, as the advice on this website suggests, within 24 hours?
How are others here defining being under control? Can I expect to be under more control?
I know everybody is different, that asthma is unpredictable, but would welcome hearing from others what a daily normal might be for them, whether asthma is always present like mine seems to be, or whether there can be asthma-free days. And if I should be seeing a GP, given increasing severity of 'attack' ( you can tell I don't like that word )