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stocktona
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   Posted 5/21/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
hi
im not quite sure if this is allergies or what or asthma maybe??
i have post nasal drip. but, im constantly clearing my throat and i can feel the phlegm when i clear it. i wake up sometimes in the morning and my chest is tight like i cant breathe? this just started like 2 weeks ago although the clearing throat has been going on for a while... sometimes its like i clear my throat so much i cant breathe? or there's to much phlegm in it? im not sure if allergies cause this or asthma or what? but im wondering what i should do... not being able to breathe is annoying... thankyou

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   Posted 5/21/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
You should go to the doctor and see about allergy testing. To me it sounds like allergies maybe even "seasonal" asthma. But if you feel you can't take a deep breath then I think it may be time to see the doctor to rule out asthma. Have you tried any allergy meds yet? Also too, do you suffer from any heartburn or acid reflux?
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dencha
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   Posted 5/21/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Stocktona,
Sorry to hear you're having trouble. Sounds like allergies to me, too. The tree pollen is in full swing, and it is really setting a lot of allergies off. I'm on an antihistamines, inhalers, and even prednosone, and I'm still having severe allergy problems.

I have had postnasal drip my entire life. Sinuses definitely can have an effect on your lungs. The nerves that cause mucous/reactions in your sinuses also trigger lungs. If you have a good family doctor, that would be a good place to start. He/she could diagnose your problem, and try some treatment...then if it seems advisable, you could be referred to an allergist. They're sometimes hard to get into, so you might have to start with your general doc. There are some great nasal sprays...Astelin (antihistamine) and Flonase (anti inflammatory) are two I use, and they do help.

If you do have asthma, it will be important for you to get some treatment. You don't have to worry, but you want to make sure that your lungs stay clear. Anxiety over your problems can cause you to feel short of breath, so be sure to keep a positive outlook. If you start feeling very short of breath, though, you need to get help right away. (I'm not saying you are...it's just that if you're not familiar with asthma, you might not recognize the importance of this treatment. Check out asthma sites online, and you'll get educated.

You probably have seasonal allergies and some mild asthma. I would encourage you to get checked out, though.
Good luck to you!
Denise

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   Posted 5/22/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I just saw an allergist for the first time today. He was great, and it's nice to finally be getting better treatment than just "take an antihistamine." For the short term, I'll be taking Flonase, Zyrtec, and Pataday (eye drops), and I'm supposed to rinse my nasal passages with a special solution a couple times a day. They also said to get a small Hepa air cleaner to put next to my bed. For the long term, they're going to start giving me allergy shots. That will eliminate the need for meds, and they said it eliminates symptom in 80% or so of the people who get them.

So yes, definitely see an allergist. They can test you both for asthma and allergies.
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