I catch a cold, usually from a friend's child, about once every four months, which results in my asthma worsening and 2-3 days off work.
How do employers really view asthma?
I work long hours, meet my targets and am a good employee, at times exceptional. Regularly being off work because I can't breathe properly and have a common cold leave me feeling anxious that I am viewed as a lightweight even though I am respected and rewarded for my hardwork. For the previous two weeks I have had a cough and regularly needed to take my Ventolin during the working day. So this time off has really been coming.
Would be grateful for your views.
Asthma is a chronic condition that is unfortunately not curable. It can usually be well managed by using the correct medications/inhalers. Sometimes an infection (such as a cold) can make the asthma worse. An employer should understand that because asthma is a common condition.
Do everything you can to keep your asthma under good control by seeing your GP for regular check-ups and increasing your inhalers when you are ill. It would not be fair for an employer to punish you for time off work if you have a genuine flare up of a chronic condition (such as asthma).