I had my mum on the phone this morning, telling me about a new treatment my cousin has been having for her asthma.
She lives in Holland, and is a couple of years older than me, and started having trouble with her asthma about the same time as me a year or so ago. Like me she coughs and coughs but doesn't wheeze, has had a couple of admissions, lots of different medication and tests. Like me she is only allergic to grass pollen and nothing else. Anyway her specialist says that she has difficulty coughing up the gunk in her lungs and has given her a spacer with a ball in the middle to help her breathe better and get the phlegm up. Apparently it has really helped her as for some reason she's not very good at coughing stuff up herself.
I have terrible trouble getting gunk off my chest especially if I have a chest infection the gunk is very thick almost like jelly in consistency or if I'm well it is thick and sticky. It always takes me ages to cough anything up on my chest. I've got a nasal drip still despite taking steroid nasal spray twice a day all year round.
My asthma is pretty much stable at the moment although I still get regular triggers I've been using my preventer properly as well as taking all the other preventer medication I'm on.
So has anyone used them? Do you know what they are called over here if so? Would it be worth asking at the chest clinic the next time I go?