Posted 4/19/2018 12:00 PM (GMT -6)
49 years old with allergy and cold weather triggered asthma. Anytime I get a cold, it goes to my chest with a mild to more severe bronchitis. Currently I'm taking 180mcg Pulmacort inhaler - 2x per day - along with albuteral inhaler a couple times per day. This past winter has been a slew of head/sinus colds turning into chest colds - with asthma not seeming under control with the above regiment.
Saw my allergist today and she recommends moving to a new stage of treatment with one puff of Breo inhaler per day, and just hard for me to switch. Just prior to seeing my doctor, they did a breath test measuring on a machine the strength of inhalation vs. exhalation. Inhaling is 77% - so taking in less air - and taking 4 puffs of albuterol then 10 min later doing the same breath test, my measurements were unchanged. Guess the albuterol is not working for me? Thought they should have used a nebulizer for treatment?
Wondering if the slight chest cold I have now is impacting the breathing measurements or not? Been sick with colds all winter so hard to say if my asthma is now worst in general or because of the excessive amount of colds I've had (we happen to be lucky enough to have a 2 year old that brings home every daycare germ out there even though we clean and wash hands frequently.
Any advice on whether Breo is a good next step? The side effects of Breo seem alarming to me.