This is exactly the way my asthma started - as "post-infectious reactive airway disease." Your doctor should check you for wheezing. If that's clear, you'd probably best be served by a combination of anti-histamine and a good cough medicine (one that contains a little codeine.)
With daily Zyrtec and Advair my asthma is very well controlled until I get a cold. Then I will start with the dry, barking cough as I get over the cold. If I catch it early, I can get rid of it by taking a bedtime dose of the cough medicine for a couple of weeks. If I let if linger, it'll need to be treated for much longer.
The only thing I found that helped was, when I was coughing to the point I couldn't breathe, I'd raise my arms up over my head. That didn't end the coughing fit, but did allow me to breathe. Afraid you're going to need some medical intervention on this one. Please let us know how it goes.
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