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Hello I wonder if someone could give me some advice.
My husband ws taken to hospital just over a week ago due to severe breathing problems, coughing and wheeze. We have both had some sort of virus the 2 weeks before. My husband is an exsmoker teens until age 62. He gave up 7 years ago and it now nearly 70. He was on a nebuliser ventolin and steroids. He was discharged last Wednesday with 2 more days of predisilone to complete the course, ventolin as and when and symbicort inhaler 1 puff twice a day. His peak flow was only 150 to 200 in the hospital and has been slowly increasing over the last week days. Best one was 380. He is still coughing a lot but his breathing is much better, I am not sure if this is because he has finished the steroids course but today his peal flow is around 200 to 230. Also he does seem to have difficulty using the peak flow tube. I myself have has asthma for around 13 years mild and controlled with 2 puffs symbicort twice a day plus very ventolin infequently only really when I have a cold. He is due to hav e lung function tests in 2 days at the hospital followed by various blood tests for allergies and other things. The consultant had said that after all these tests they will be able to tell whether it is copd or asthma allergy etc,although they did say it is unsual for asthma to start at 69. I am worried about the drop in the peak flow. I wanted to call the hospital for advice but he said no he was alright apart from coughing and the low peak flow. I am concerned that over night he will have trouble breathing again. I have always been told to increase my pulmicort if I have breathing difficulties and well as using my ventolin. I wonder if he should do this or do you think it is just a blip. Any thoughts and advice appreciated. He keeps telling me not to fuss
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