Hi I am so glad to find this forum. I hope you can give me some advice,
I have had asthma from a child and have been hospitalised and needed emergency treatment on and off all my life.
my asthma has for the past few years been really well managed by just one inhaler symbicort a miracle drug to me who was used to carrying 4 or 5 pumps around!
I work in a charity shop where all of the sorting and steaming of clothes is carried out in a basement with a small ventilation system.
Earlier this year the basement flooded for the second time in two years.
This time I thought all the moisture had been removed with a rented dehumidifier but two months ago noticed mould growing in the corner where the clothes steamer is used.
In that time my asthma had worsened and i had needed two courses of steroids and a ventolin reliever to manage my condition not noticing the damp conditions.
The mould was treated and painted over and I thought that everything would now be ok.
However two weeks ago I was at work and having done a lot of steaming of stock over in that corner I found myself breathing in a massive lung full of damp/mouldy air.
i reported this straight away and left work as I wasn't able to breathe. I went to see my GP the next morning who said it was the work conditions exacerbated by the heat outside. They prescribed another course of 5 day steroids and upped my Symbicort inhaler
I returned to work and they arranged for the dehum to be brought back to the shop.
My asthma got progressively worse even with the tablets and I was forced to leave work on the Saturday with severe SOB
I saw another GP on the Sunday and was sent for a nebuliser at the hospital and for a chest xray.
The chest xray was clear but i was told i had occupational asthma caused by the conditions at work.
I was sent home and told to continue with my inhalers. They could find no sign of any wheezing and my oxygen stats were fine.
I still have severe sob now but again with no wheezing is this normal? I am using sooo much ventolin (with spacer) i have tremors and am finding it difficult to sleep.
I am beginning to get scared. I have never had an asthma attack last this long and not to be under control. I am due back at work on Monday but have requested (following GP advice) to go to another shop.
Today my breathing is slightly better but I am still using my pumps a lot and can only walk or move slowly.
How long do you think it will take for my chest to get better and can anyone explain the SOB with no wheezing and why i didn't respond to steroids? Should i try again?
I realise now that i must have been working in a damp basement for at least 3/4 months! I feel so stupid.
I love my job and don't want to cause trouble.
sorry for such a long post