Brief history for context -
had asthma since a toddler (now 39, always needed preventative treatment but usually asthma well controlled, but with mild flare ups during colds/viruses/chest infections. Back in November had bad flare up after a cold and needed 2 weeks of pred. Dr then changed medication to seretide 250 (4 puffs a day) to be reviewed in the spring. Happy with that as had another cold during Christmas and although PF dipped, it was still in the OK zone. However, I'm definitely needing the long acting reliever in the seretide as when I accidently missed a dose the other day I could 'feel' it a few hours after the missed dose (and before flare up I hardly ever needed the ventolin).
Issue now -
Since the last cold at Chritsmas I've had a permanent cough, which is sometimes dry and sometimes productive (although only a small amount, but happens at least once a day, although sometimes not enough to 'spit up' - sorry for the TMI). I know it's not an infection as it's not a funny colour, but it's been going on for 6 weeks now and is (pre flare up) unusual for me for it to last that long. According to my husband I cough every night too (although I sleep through it, but I'm also a bit tired at the moment so maybe it's disturbing my sleep a bit). However my PF is back to normal. My husband keeps nagging me to go to the DR's. I think he gets anxious because he sees how bad my mum has got as she has COPD and has ended up in hospital 4 times this year for weeks at a time (she's never smoked but has had asthma since being a child). But I don't know whether its worth bothering the doctor when it's obviously not an infection and my PF is fine. I was wondering whether its just the aftermath of a flare-up and my lungs just need a bit more time to recover from it (i.e. maybe it's just normal)
What do other's think?