I have been ill for 4 weeks with breathlessness (hardly any wheezing) and was in hospital for 5 days my peak flow has improved from the 200 but despite having taken pred, slophyllin and seretide I am still breathless. Said it could be a virus. My GP added Singulair but I have seen no improvement. I am also started using a saltpipe. I was ill at the same time last year Easter and the May Bank holiday with exactly the same symptoms (hospitalised 3 days) and the Gp then put me on seretide and I have been absolutely marvelous until now. Like last year I thought it was never going to go - it took about 6 weeks and then it did. Do you think it might be the tree pollen? My doctor and the consultant asked me if I had any pets. I have a dog which is a big part of my life. I have had ""scruffy-type"" dogs as that type of hair does not seem to affect me, but short pointed hair does. Surely if it was dog-related it would be there all the time? I would be very distressed if it was the dog. I would be grateful for your thoughts.