Is this an asthma flare or might be something else?

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   Posted 4/16/2011 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok here is the situation...
I have has allergy induced asthma since I was 5...I am now 32.  I was around someone who was sick on Tuesday for a few hours.  I did have a scratchy throat but it was not red so I attributed it to allergies ( I am allergic to trees, grass and weeds not to mention dander and dust).  I have had a low grade fever ranging from 99 to 99.8 since yesterday. I know that doesnt seem high to many but I normally run 97.6 to 98.4 as my norm.  I have been coughing mpw since yesterday and sound like a barking seal.  My chest hurts from coughing
any thoughts?

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   Posted 4/17/2011 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
You may be "enjoying" both a cold and asthma at the same time. Allergies, including asthma, create a good environment for cold viruses to grow. And colds can definitely trigger asthma attacks. Your temperature isn't elevated enough to be considered a "fever", so it's unlikely you have a bacterial infection.

A doctor would likely want to be sure you're hydrating hugely - lots of water keeps that mucus thinned down - and controlling the spasms in your respiratory system with anti-asthma meds. If you have a daily inhaler like Advair or Sympacort, you should be using it regularly. If you only have a rescue inhaler, you should see your doctor to see if you need additional medication for the asthma. Unfortunately, there isn't much the doc can give you for a cold except sympathy and the advice to drink plenty of fluids and rest.

I'm in the asthma/cold cycle myself right now, and I've been finding Mucinex helpful in loosening up the mucus so I can cough it up. The barking cough may signal that you're not able to do that.

Good luck and feel better.
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