I am sorry to yet again do a posting. Well, not very sorry, just a bit.
Yesterday I realised I have more to learn. I was told I have no air going through the lowest part of my right lobe, so a chest infection. That caused me some possibly unnecessary concerns. At the time I was not thinking clearly enough to ask.
I realise I don’t know what can be meant by a chest infection. I know full well it is an umbrella term for things like bronchitis and pneumonia, and other stuff, but what more precisely is a chest infection? I do understand the words ‘chest’ and ‘infection’. I always like to understand what is going on with me, and don’t like this feeling of slight confusion. So if anyone can give me a bit more of an explanation I would be grateful.
With a chest infection airways become inflamed irritated and can close off... meaning air doesn't get to some parts of your lung,usually the bottom where the infection has settled and turned nasty
I would say you have a bacterial infection and should be on antibiotics if that's what the doctor has said (and would be surprised if your not)... standard practice for asthmatics is some antibiotics and a "boost" of steroid tablet... although not all doctors will give the extra steroids the reason being that steroids weaken the immune system so they need to balance the infection and asthmatic symptoms and work out what they think is best
Thank you for you response. That makes sense. Yes, I got both the antibiotics and the steroids, though less than usual dose, and the GP seemed to have some doubt whether I needed it. I also doubled Symbicort when it all started (day before Christmas Eve).
Yes standard for an "asthma flare" is 40-50mg for 5-7 days or until
No longer symptomatic
However a lot of GPS try and give you 30mg for 5 days which will help most asthmatics enough to avoid hospital
Yes that is what I got....and then increased to 7 days if needed. It is less than I am used to.mI have an emergency pack of pred at at home, given to me after my one hospital admission. I would never use it without consulting first, but I do like to have it when I go abroad just in case I struggle to find medical support. I have never needed it, but I do keep it updated = take the equivalent from my old, in date, pack, and put it the new.
Do you get chest infections often?... a really good asthma nurse said to me that could mean you have excess mucus which *could* mean your asthma isn't well controlled