Can mild asthma be left untreated? My Doc says lung Fibrosis possible if not treated
I hope a few people can help me make a decision about treating /not treating my mild asthma.
I've had very mild asthma since I was about 12-nothing I've ever needed an inhaler for at all. When I get colds, they usually go to my chest, and I wheeze and cough a few days. If I laugh too hard, I'll start to wheeze. Also, I have VERY bad allergies, particularly to dust mites, and pollen, so I have year round post nasal drip from this, which leads to mild chest congestion and sometimes wheezing.
I'm 42, and concerned about the ramifications of chronic lung inflammation due to all my allergies constantly flaring up my lungs. I saw a pulmonlogist recently, who scared me when he said that if left utreated, mild asthma can lead to lung fibrosis-and that taking preventative meds now is the best option. He listened to my chest, and said he heard very mild wheezing, (which I was unaware of.) He then gave me Symbicort, 1 puff daily, Astepro for my sinuses, and said to use sea salt nasal rinses, which I do anyway.
The meds are sitting in my bathroom-I tried them all once, and that was it. I'm really reluctant to take meds if I can live without them-but I'm scared of this fibrosis thing.
I had a breathing test done by my allergist last winter-it came back at 86, and I know anything over 80 is normal. My Pulmonologist said that by using inhalers, I can get my breathing up to 110-which he said is obviously better than 86. I also tried allergy shots, but stopped after about 2 months, because it got to be a pain going 2 days per week.
Can anyone offer me some info about any of this? Is Symbicort safe for long term use? What is everyone else on here using for an inhaled med? Would you or would you not treat mild asthma, and what do you think of this whole fibrosis thing?
Sorry about the long post-I tried to cram all my questions into one here, but I'm sure I'll be back with a lot more questions about all this.