I've had asthma for a few years, it started after a viral chest infection. I'm on symbicort SMART 200/6 2 puffs twice a day, plus 10g montelukast. A couple of weeks ago I got a bad cold, which immediately affected my chest. As soon as the cold started I went up to 2 puffs of symbicort 3 times a day, as instructed, and I'm needing another 3 puffs as a reliever on top of that every day. On Thursday I went to see the GP as I was thinking I might have a chest and/or sinus infection. She prescribed amoxicillin and said that if I was no better in a couple of days I should go back for steroids. The sinus infection is much improved but there's been no significant change in my chest. As I had an asthma review booked for this morning I decided not to bother with the hassle of trying to see a GP on the weekend. The nurse today said my sats were good but that she could hear a wheeze in my chest. She said she was going to ask the GP to get a steroid prescription ready for me but was a bit unclear about when and whether I should take them. I came home with a pot for sputum culture, feeling rather confused. I know cultures would take many days to come back. I've reacted badly to pred in the past so I'm not keen to take steroids unless I really need them (the script will be for hydro). Any words of wisdom would be much appreciated. Thanks.