Susan, age 31, was diagnosed with asthma at 18. She is white British and single and enjoys a career as an academic researcher. Susan had hay fever as a child which became more severe when she was at secondary school and she was diagnosed with asthma. She has periods when her asthma is well managed and stable, but sometimes, especially if she gets a cold or infection she has to increase her medication until things are back on an even keel.
Susan had hay fever as a child which later developed into asthma. Initially she was given a reliever inhaler to use (Ventolin) when symptoms appeared, but as time progressed her asthma became worse and she was prescribed the brown preventer inhaler in addition to the blue one. Over the years since she has had asthma Susan has been able to manage and control her symptoms to a large degree and is able to recognise when she needs to adjust the dose of inhaled steroids to combat more severe symptoms. At one point she found it difficult to walk any distance without feeling breathless and was using the Ventolin reliever inhaler quite a lot. She was then prescribed a second (green) preventer inhaler to use alongside a daily tablet that is often effective with allergy related asthma. She now only uses the blue reliever inhaler when her asthma has flared up. This generally is when she has over exerted herself, or if she has a cold or flu. In winter she can find it difficult to recover quickly from colds and can find herself with a lingering cough that is hard to shift.
The main triggers for Susan’s asthma are cigarette smoke, over exertion/exercise, and cold weather. With the aid of the written care plan Susan is able to largely manage her own symptoms, and she feels well supported by the asthma nurse and GP at her local surgery.
I have long periods of really good control where apart from taking the regular medication you can almost forget about it‚.. and then I’ve got sick or something’s happened and it’s gone downhill and‚‚ they change your drugs around and make them ‚. Choose drugs that work better for you