I was diagnosed with adult onset asthma around 2 years ago and have yet to get it fully under control. I was started on Fostair 100/6 but this was increased around a month ago by the GP to Fostair 200/6.
To be honest, I've kind of been muddling through on my own as I haven't really been getting brilliant help from my surgery. The asthma nurse never seemed to listen to me when I tried to explain that my symptoms were still causing me problems. The ANP at my surgery referred me to the Respiratory team at my hospital as I had around 6 courses of antibiotics and/or steroids in about 3 months.
So, my question is this.....I'm still not great at using my blue inhaler. I used to work as a prescription clerk in a GP surgery and it was always frowned upon when people had a blue inhaler every month. Also, the asthma nurse at my surgery kind of made me feel bad about using it. How do you know when is the right time to use it? Even as I sit here typing this, my chest feels tight and I feel a bit like I'm breathing through a straw, BUT, I have no wheeze, no shortness of breath, just a big of a cough. Do I use blue inhaler?
As i say, I have kinda been muddling through on my own. When i was diagnosed, it was just a case of yes you have asthma, here are 2 inhalers and montelukast, now on your merry way. I didn't even have an asthma plan until I saw the respiratory consultant. I do now take fexofenadine 120 and mometasone nasal spray too.
So, am I ok to use it like now, when there us no wheeze or shortness of breath, but my chest still feels tight and constricted?
Sorry for the long post, but I just find it all a it confusing.