Hiya. I think I might have a cold. I have cough variant asthma and rhinitis so it's not always easy to tell. It's been a while since I had one...
My asthma had been good to the point of not needing a preventer until about 6 weeks ago. Then I started needing bricanyl more and more often, so I went back onto symbicort SMART. I also take montelukast and avamys for my rhinitis and fexofenadine for urticaria (I've had allergy tests and all came back negative, but in any case the fexofenadine should cover that).
Today I woke up feeling like someone was sitting on my chest and my lungs feel really really scratchy. I've been sneezing a bit and have a dry cough. If the cough is more productive it temporarily relieves the chest scratchyness. I'm also feeling really sensitive to pretty much anything that smells - the oven being on, deodorant, washing up liquid all make me cough when they don't normally. I've had about 5 puffs of symbicort as a reliever today, which hasn't done a lot to relieve the symptoms. I don't really feel like talking a lot or doing anything vaguely energetic that'll get me out of breath, but other than that I don't feel too bad.
My peak flows are always good, as I have small airway disease only (my large airways are fine). So even when I'm feeling utterly rubbish I still blow around 400. I've had bags of fun trying to explain that to GPs in the past when they start insisting I don't have asthma (I was diagnosed by a consultant).
Thoughts? Should I book in to see the GP if I'm still like this tomorrow? Thanks!