Asthma

Question
Posted by: Mandie | 2017/05/11

Q.

CAN IT BE ASTHMA?

I am a 36 year old female. I was sick with a cold for a about a month (beginning of April) (cough, runny nose, coughing at night and short of breath) and went to the doctor. He said that it is bronchitis and gave me antibiotics and cortisone. I finished the course of antibiotics and still was not better. It is about a month later and I still feel sick. I have a terrible sinus drip and coughing at night and I feel shortness of breath when I walk a lot and at night when I lie down, it feel as if I cannot breath if something is on my chest. We have moved into a new house and there is a lot of smoke from fires in the area. Can I be developing asthma?

Expert's Reply

A.

Asthma Expert
- 2017/05/15

Dear Mandie,

First, it sounds like you have inflammation of the nose and sinuses with postnasal drip leading to ongoing coughing.  You need to see your doctor about getting a special nasal spray and antihistamines to dry up all the secretions.  Asthma is characterised by wheezing and tightness of the chest over many months that comes and goes.  This is not typical of the symptoms that you have.



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