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Old 03-16-2005, 02:10 AM   #1
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Is this asthma or allergies or something else?

Hi again. Well my saga continues. I was finally thinking I was on the upswing again. I was getting over the latest cold and it appeared, at any rate, that it hadn't moved into my chest.

Today I was doing fine. Hardly any coughing. Mostly PND stuff, but all productive - phlegm responsible coughing.

Then tonight, after dinner, my DH said I looked flushed. I had noticed that I had been breathing harder and went to look in a mirror and sure enough, my cheeks were blood red. I had just finished eating a lot of strawberries, so now I'm wondering if it was that. I also realized that my right hand seemed very cold, much more so than my left.

The strange thing about my breathing though was that it wasn't like it was when I had the asthma attack. It's the opposite. I have no problem breathing out, but in. It feels like my chest is tight. When I cough real hard I loosen things up and seem to be able to breathe a bit better, but it doesn't last long.

So I got up and used my inhaler (which I haven't had to use since coming home from the hospital). That actually did seem to help some, so I went to be. About 3 hours later, I woke up and started coughing. I felt that tightness again, so I used the inhaler again. I also realized that my sinuses were blocked, so I used some saline to clear them. That did the trick, so I went back to bed.

Now it is another 3 hours later and I'm up again. Same thing, hard to inhale, not exhale. I feel stuff in my chest and can cough it out for temp relief, but it seems that unless I use the inhaler, it just immediately "fills" back up. Does that make sense? So this time I took a decongestant and some expectorant in addition to using the inhaler. I don't want to take an antihistamine because I'm having allergy testing on Monday and they said no antihistamines 10 days prior.

So now what? Do I need to call the doctor or is this a normal post "attack" occurrence that I just treat with the inhaler until it goes away? Does this sound like an asthmatic episode or an allergic one? And what is the difference? Does it sound like I could be getting another infection? I'm not coughing any colored phlegm up, but I wasn't before I went to the hospital either. But then again, I wasn't coughing much at all before this incident tonight.

Anyone with experience, please post, because I'm really uncertain as to how I should deal in these situations. I think my anxiety isn't helping matters either. Thanks.

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Old 03-16-2005, 06:20 AM   #2
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Re: Is this asthma or allergies or something else?

I have never really experienced anything like that. Could be an infection. I know must asthma problems are on the exhale, but I don't think having the problem being on the inhale excludes it from being asthma.

Old 03-16-2005, 08:37 AM   #3
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Re: Is this asthma or allergies or something else?

Yeah, that was my experience last time, but I just got back from the doc and she seems to think that I'm having an astmatic reaction to the cold I was just getting over (ya'd think it would have happened BEFORE I was almost better -sheesh). Anyway, I told her I would rather not do oral steroids right now because I'm having allergy testing on Monday. She gave me a script for xopomax (sp?) and Pulmacot (also sp?). They are delivering a nebulizer today sometime. She said that if I need to use the neb more than every 4 hours, I need to start taking prednisone. UGH! I was just a few days away!!

She doesn't think the infection is bacterial because I got it following a cold, but I wish I had pushed for the antibiotics now anyway just in case. If this thing is bacterial, and it goes longer I fear another trip to the hospital

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