Asthma worse after stopping smoking

Patient : Hi, I m 50 and asthmatic ( since a child) on regular salbutamol and seretide 250. Stopped smoking 8 weeks ago, but have needed 3 courses of 5 day prednisolone since due to several asthma attacks... breathing feels ok in between courses then flares again ( feel very hypersensitive to dust and dogs, but sometimes trigger unknown) had lower lobe pneumonia here back in Feb ... three courses of antibiotics to get rid of it but have still had a slight niggly pain here since. Xray yesterday ay A and E ( following two attacks this weekend) shows hyperinflation and very small area of blunt costal margin on one lung ? pleural effusion. No infection, normal blood results.Any idea why this is happening and when my breathing will improve?
Symptoms:  SOB, asthma attacks and increased clear mucus, no cough
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