Hi, I’m new here. I was just wondering if anyone could clarify the difference between an asthma attack and an asthma exaccerbation. I’ve had asthma since I was a child (now 36) but to my knowledge I’ve never had an asthma attack.
The past couple of years I’ve been fine with just the odd puff of ventolin and no other symptoms but I got a chest infection last week and found that couldn’t stop coughing and weirdly breathing out was harder than breathing in. I was already on antibiotics but my nurse gave me a prescription of steroid tablets and I started back on a steroid inhaler (clenil).
There was one occasion last week where I physically could not stop coughing. I actually physically sick because I was coughing so much but ventolin helped. Is that classed as an attack or is it an exaccerbation or are they both the same thing? I’m going to ask my nurse when I see her for a follow up in a month but I was curious.
Thank you in advance!