Does this sound like asthma?

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Elle_Bean
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   Posted 11/6/2012 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had a cough for about 4 weeks, and I'm sick of it.

It first started when my housemates were sick -- 2 of them had bronchitis, and 1 had a sinus/upper respiratory infection. The only symptom I had at that point was a cough, mainly at night, and bad enough that it would wake my roommate.

Then, I developed a cold. The cold was a typical one -- stuffy/runny nose, cough, fatigue, sore throat etc. and it lasted about a week, but unfortunately, the cold turned into bronchitis. I was put on zithromax, a very potent antibiotic (it's a 5 day course taken 1x/day rather than a 10 day course taken 2-3x/day). I finished the antibiotics a week ago, and I'm feeling much better, but the cough is hanging on.

My cough is (and always has been) a nonproductive, dry, hacking cough. Sometimes though it's less of a hack and more of a normal, light cough, and lately, it's become more of a wheezing cough. I've also been waking up in the middle of the night coughing on a regular basis.

I've also had chest tightness and have been using the Ventolin inhaler I was prescribed when I first went ot the student health center presenting with a cough and a tight chest quite regularly (at least 2x a day).

Does this sound like asthma or what?

I'm planning on going back to the health center tomorrow to see what can be done.

Post Edited (2013 Dolphin) : 11/6/2012 4:13:14 PM (GMT-7)


couchtater
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   Posted 11/6/2012 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
You could still have congestion from the cold.

I hope your doctor can figure it out for you.
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Elle_Bean
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   Posted 11/6/2012 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
My cough started BEFORE I got the cold though...

But yeah...we'll see what happens when I see the doctor.

couchtater
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   Posted 11/7/2012 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Might be asthma or GERD induced Asthma.
Joy
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Elle_Bean
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   Posted 11/7/2012 1:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Other than a cough and tight chest, I have no symptoms.

Chartreux
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   Posted 11/7/2012 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Gerd/ acid reflux asthma usually happens at night and you may or may not present with typical symptoms, ask your doctor if your coughing at night could be due to acid reflux. Short term use of a stomach medicine might help and getting you your sleep. Keep us posted as we do care. Hope your doing better soon.
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