Re: Possibly post nasal drip?
IMO, this is not post nasal drip. You may have post nasal drip, but I don't think it is a cause of the other issues. This is inflammation. That is why the prednisone worked, as it is a systemic anti-inflammatory med. Coughing up clear fluid is also an indication of inflammation/irritation, as opposed to viral or bacterial infection.
There are different kinds of inhalers. Some are for acute breathing problems, like an asthmatic reaction. Others are localized steroids that are designed to reduce inflammation/irritation and prevent problems. The doc may have given you both. If he specifically prescribed one to be used some number of times each day as opposed to "as needed," then you should be doing that one even if you don't feel you have significant symptoms.
Some of your issues sound like they could be acid reflux. This can cause coughs and it is definitely worse when laying down. You may want to check on this with a GI doc. You could also test it on your own with a few things. Testing this would include trying an OTC med called a PPI, like Prilosec, morning and evening for a couple of weeks, sleeping with your torso inclined rather that flat, eating lighter meals in the evening, and not eating at all 2-3 hours before bedtime... just something you could try. This is not likely the entire problem, but it could certainly be a contributing factor.
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Last edited by Rich775; 07-04-2012 at 07:51 AM.