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Silent Asthma

In 1985 I had an bad cough and producing sputum and blood. The top specialists in the UK admitted me to hospital, had physio, nebulizer and inhalers, xrays.

Silent asthma

He diagnosed asthma, I said I don’t wheeze, he said I have Silent Asthma. I’ve been taking inhalers since and have manage to stay away from hospital. Most of Australia’s doctors have not heard of silent asthma. Yet I was diagnosed in 1985….just after my second son was born.


The first sign to watch for is fatigue as your airways swell and oxygen is deprived. I had a CT scan not long ago because of chest infections which did show small airway disease etc.

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  • mumoffamilyof4asthmatics
    5 months ago

    Im in Australia too & my 26yrs daughter suffers with silent asthma Its terrible so hard to control Were just getting a bit of a grip of it now after seeing so many specialists Ive finally found one that diagnosed her with silent asthma Shes has puffers nearly every day, done stints of steroids and is always exhausted.

  • Nmarie
    3 months ago

    Hello, I am in Australia, too, and have all the symptoms of silent asthma. I’ve had the symptoms for a while and been struggling, but chest always sounds clear. I’m wondering if you would mind sharing the name of your daughter’s specialist? Thank you!

  • gebave39 author
    5 months ago

    I am so glad you have found a specialist who knows what silent asthma is. Wishing your daughter good health. I was given Intel forte inhaler in the UK something I could not get when i first arrived in OZ in 1990. Now I do have the Intel forte inhaler , steretide and occasional broncodilater. Steroids and antibiotics when I get a chest infection. My asthma is now undercontol. Flying due to dry air etc in the plane always gives me a chest infection, but my doctor always prepared me for this. I sing for the dementia patients in care homes and every morning which is fantastic exercise for the lungs.
    May be your daughter likes singing.
    Take care

  • gebave39 author
    5 months ago

    Sorry I spelled an inhaler wrongly it should say Intal forte not Intel forte.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi gebave39, and thanks for sharing your story with the community. We appreciate your input here. Warm regards, Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi again, gebave39, and thanks for checking back in to make the correction to the spelling of the medication – Intal Forte. We appreciate your diligence!
    Leon (site moderator)

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