I'm hoping to pick folks brains here. I've had asthma for quite a few years, diagnosed later in life after working in a clothing factory, but have recently started having a few more issues. So I'd like to see what folks here think before I raise the issue with my doctor.
Recently, I've started having problems with getting a lot of mucous building up in my throat during the night, and that stops me sleeping as I can't clear it properly due to a long-standing throat problem. It doesn't happen every night, and seems to have a direct link to the weather.
Because I have issues with high humidity triggering my asthma, I have mains-powered dehumidifiers both downstairs and also upstairs in the bedroom, plus several humidity monitors. These keep the humidity around the 40% to 50% level regardless of what the weather is doing outside. I also have a HEPA filter in the bedroom, which runs all night on its lowest setting (as the others are too noisy for sleep). If the outside humidity is below about 85% overnight, I seem to be fine, but if it goes up to about 95% (usually because its raining), that's when I have the problem.
As the inside humidity is still around 50%, it doesn't seem to be the high humidity itself that is causing the problem. Having done a bit of research, I'm wondering if the problem could be spores from night-releasing wet-weather moulds outside, such as the Didymella family, acting as an allergen. According to what I've read about them, mucous production is one of the associated symptoms. So I'm wondering if anyone else has had a similar issue and found that to be the cause? And, if you have, how easy was it to persuade your doctor to take it seriously?