Over the last 2-3 months I have been experiencing shortness of breath. My problem started with a sore throat and the symptoms of a cold. A few days into the cold I awoke to find I was having difficulty fully inhaling and this has continued ever since.
The other cold-type symptoms - cough, runny nose, sore eyes, sneezing (two or three chronic bouts) - have gone and I'm left solely with the breathing problem. A chest-xray was undertaken and this showed no problems. Several peak flow tests were also undertaken, the results of which were conclusive that the inhaler was making a significant difference (around 40%). I have also had considerable excess mucus during this period.
I had allergies as a child and took a spincap inhaler between 7 and 13. However, I have never had asthma and had no breathing difficulties in my adult life until this point. I have been moved on to two preventative steroid inhalers for the next three weeks.
I'm still perplexed as to the root cause though. From the information I have given, do you think it is most likely to be asthma, allergies, or something else? Any advice or experiences at all would be gratefully appreciated.
I should also point out that I developed this problem shortly after I returned to swimming for the first time in years. Could it be related to that? Chlorine or other chemicals??