This is the fourth day of my peak flow being mostly amber with today and yesterday only reaching the 80% line with 4x puffs of ventolin and about an hour and a half after taking it, the effect has warn off. My PEF doesn't seem to be rapidly dropping, so I've been avoiding taking my reliever because I don't like the side effects.
I have been taking my Fostair 100/6 2 puffs twice a day.
My PEF has been in the top half of the amber and I also have asthma symptoms, but not an emergency asthma attack.
Almost two weeks ago, I had an attack where I should have called an ambulance. I didn't take my PEF but the next day it was approximately 60% of best, rising to the bottom of green by evening. It happened on a Friday, so on Monday I called my nurse but was feeling better and my PEF just in the normal band so we agreed I didn't need to come in.
About 5 weeks ago, I took a course of prednisone for increasing symptoms and four days/3 doses into the course went to out of hours but by the time my appointment rolled around I was fine (albeit having maxed out of ventolin dose) and the doctor suggested I should distract myself instead of taking ventolin but apparently wrote that I had a virus. (This advise, incidentally is how I wound up having the attack above.)
I'm visiting family for a week in January and will be taking a plane, so I don't want an attack that might make me miss my flights.
However, I don't want to waste everyone's time if it's just because of my cold and will clear up naturally in few days.