Hi, I suffer from severe hay fever, and am currently on a blue ventolin/salbutamol inhaler due to suspected seasonal asthma (spent 2 weeks on prednisolone before being put on the inhaler) and have been for the past 2 months which has made a massive difference to me! My main symptom has been a horrendous, constant cough for over 3 months which responded to steroids then came back, and then responded to the inhaler! I have had 3 particularly bad bouts of tight chestedness and a slight high pitch/sinusey sounding wheeze, 1 which was the night before I started my inhaler, and 2 which have responded to my inhaler. I finally had my spirometry this week, but I have to wait nearly 3 weeks for an appointment with my gp to discuss the results. The nurse did say that my peak flow without inhalers is 135%? I don’t really understand it all yet and all she said was that my gp will discuss it all, but as she stated before the test my peak flow for my age/height is 300, so I worked it out to be 405 without ventolin if I have understood/worked it out correctly, and at the end of the testing she did show me my peak flow on the screen after having the nebuliser which was 535? So I assume that as there has been that difference, and the fact that steroids and inhaler make a massive difference to my symptoms that it is asthma? Although would my peak flow be that high without ventolin if it was? I wasn’t particularly symptomatic that morning but the test before having the nebuliser was awful, I was exhausted and couldn’t speak by the end of it and having the nebuliser felt amazing! The best I’ve been able to breathe for a long time!
Is it ok to continue with regular ventolin every day for so long? It will have been nearly 3 months since I started it by the time I’ve got in with a gp again to discuss the spirometry!