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    dry cough.......am I overreacting??
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    krystine_smith posted:
    I am a 30 year old female who has asthma. About a year ago I finally got my asthma under control and it has been pretty good (not needing my inhalers or areosol machine unless sick with a cold/chest infection) on April 4th of this year I was diagnosed with a chest infection, in which the doctor prescibed me Zythromax. I have taken this drug before, and I really like it, because its fast acting, and I find it better than Pennicillian. I have had this couch since the 4th, it will be 2 weeks tomorrow *the 18th* and It seems to be worse at night in which I cough and cough and cough until I almost get sick to my stomach. I end up wheezing from coughing so hard, and not to mention my ribs hurt from all the coughing. Im not bringing up much mucas when I cough, but I can feel almost like that is why I am coughing......almost like a "frog in the throat" so to speak. If I go on my aerosol machine or take my puffer when I get like that it clears the mucas out and I am okay for a while. I try drinking water, and it helps at the time, but then I start coughing again. Its a dry cough/tickle in my throat. I feel fine otherwise......my asthma is better than it has been since the chest infection, and I only need my puffers or aerosol when I start coughing a lot. its getting to be VERY annoying to me, and my boyfriend, he keeps asking me if I can take something for it.....yet cough medicine doesnt seem to help......and Im not even supposed to be taking cough medicine a lot!!! I hope someone can help me. Should I see a Doctor or am I just overreacting????
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    sgbl88 responded:
    Hi,

    Maybe your asthma hasn't improved as much as you think since the infection. It sounds like you are over the infection, but now are dealing with the asthma flare. I would recommend regular use at maximum dose/frequency of your inhaler for 4 - 5 days. That will frequently knock out a flare pretty quickly.

    You should probably see your doctor as well. You may need a burst of prednesone.

    Feel better and
    God bless.

    Sonya
    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end... Ye shall seek me, and find [me]


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