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    I've never had a cough unless I had a cold or sore throat, but recently (been over 4 weeks) I wake up with a lot of mucus at the back of my throat and constantly have to clear it.
    More recently I've also been having dry coughs - when I try to breathe in/out it seems like it tickles my throat and because of that I have to cough to be able to breathe.

    6 months ago I suddenly developed allergy but I don't know what to. All the symptoms of hay fever, except that it happens when I am in the house, not out.

    Asthmatic people, or anyone else do you think it could be asthma?

    I'm going to the GP soon, hopefully. How do they check for asthma?
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    It's difficult to say really, do you feel tight chested sometimes? Do you ever sound wheezy? What you're experiencing could be something else as the symptoms of asthma can usually be associated with other things too! But yeah it's definitely best you get it checked out as it could be.

    There aren't really any clear diagnostic tests, they'll probably just ask you about your symptoms, listen to your chest/breathing, and probably get you to use a peak flow meter

    Fingers crossed it isn't asthma, it's such a pain sometimes! I hope you get it sorted

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    (Original post by LunaCat)
    I've never had a cough unless I had a cold or sore throat, but recently (been over 4 weeks) I wake up with a lot of mucus at the back of my throat and constantly have to clear it.
    More recently I've also been having dry coughs - when I try to breathe in/out it seems like it tickles my throat and because of that I have to cough to be able to breathe.

    6 months ago I suddenly developed allergy but I don't know what to. All the symptoms of hay fever, except that it happens when I am in the house, not out.

    Asthmatic people, or anyone else do you think it could be asthma?

    I'm going to the GP soon, hopefully. How do they check for asthma?
    ehhh, Ive got asthma, I never really experience mucus at the back of my throat or anything, the only time I cough is after I run, I also experience shortness of breath after sprinting. Thats about it though (its not extremely bad asthma). I dont fully know if its asthma, you could try run or something like that and if you have a hard time breathing then its possible. I'd go to the GP just incase as it could be something more serious.
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    (Original post by Changing Skies)
    It's difficult to say really, do you feel tight chested sometimes? Do you ever sound wheezy? What you're experiencing could be something else as the symptoms of asthma can usually be associated with other things too! But yeah it's definitely best you get it checked out as it could be.

    There aren't really any clear diagnostic tests, they'll probably just ask you about your symptoms, listen to your chest/breathing, and probably get you to use a peak flow meter

    Fingers crossed it isn't asthma, it's such a pain sometimes! I hope you get it sorted

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    No I dont, I've had pain in (what seems like) my sternum when I empty my lungs but it come and goes. Sometimes even disappears.
    Sound wheezy in the morning but it's more because of the mucus built up..?
    Alright, thamkyou I will get it checked out!

    Oh I see thankyou!

    What kind of things do you experience when it kicks in? Do you have problems breathing all the time? Just being curious
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    It doesn't sound like my asthma to be fair
    It does sound a lot more like a chest infection
    If you've had it for two weeks or more then you need to see your gp
    They've changed the advice re antibiotics recently and don't give them out all the time for this but you need a proper diagnosis
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    (Original post by Relentas)
    ehhh, Ive got asthma, I never really experience mucus at the back of my throat or anything, the only time I cough is after I run, I also experience shortness of breath after sprinting. Thats about it though (its not extremely bad asthma). I dont fully know if its asthma, you could try run or something like that and if you have a hard time breathing then its possible. I'd go to the GP just incase as it could be something more serious.
    Ooh OK, my dad has asthma and he ALWAYS has mucus at the back of his, he clears his throat every....15 seconds - 5 minutes that's why I thought that. But he also had TB in the past, maybe it's because of that...? Though, I've been immunised against TB.

    I wouldn't know because I never exercise :lol: thankyou I will give it a try!
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    Sounds like allergic rhinitis, you produce mucus with this but not usually with asthma.
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    (Original post by LunaCat)
    Ooh OK, my dad has asthma and he ALWAYS has mucus at the back of his, he clears his throat every....15 seconds - 5 minutes that's why I thought that. But he also had TB in the past, maybe it's because of that...? Though, I've been immunised against TB.

    I wouldn't know because I never exercise :lol: thankyou I will give it a try!
    Im pretty sure asthma runs in the family so its pretty likely that you could have it, again it just depends really :P
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    (Original post by Sammylou40)
    It doesn't sound like my asthma to be fair
    It does sound a lot more like a chest infection
    If you've had it for two weeks or more then you need to see your gp
    They've changed the advice re antibiotics recently and don't give them out all the time for this but you need a proper diagnosis
    Chest infection?
    Alright thankyou!
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    (Original post by Scuddylou)
    Sounds like allergic rhinitis, you produce mucus with this but not usually with asthma.
    OK, I'll look it up to whether or not I can relate to its symptoms.
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    (Original post by Relentas)
    Im pretty sure asthma runs in the family so its pretty likely that you could have it, again it just depends really :P
    Mum, dad and older brother have it :lol: thought I was an exception
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    I'm asthmatic and it doesn't sound like asthma to me. I don't get any mucus.
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    (Original post by LunaCat)
    No I dont, I've had pain in (what seems like) my sternum when I empty my lungs but it come and goes. Sometimes even disappears.
    Sound wheezy in the morning but it's more because of the mucus built up..?
    Alright, thamkyou I will get it checked out!

    Oh I see thankyou!

    What kind of things do you experience when it kicks in? Do you have problems breathing all the time? Just being curious
    Hmm, doesn't really sound like asthma to me but I'm not a doctor so definitely just see your GP as planned

    When it's more serious I usually just have a really tight chest and struggle to get a sufficient amount of air in, I can't lie down etc. Feels like something heavy is on my chest. And I sound VERY wheezy. If it's just minor it's bearable, just a bit of an inconvenience and it will go when I use my inhaler. I don't always have problems, thankfully! I've had it for 19 years now but it seems to be improving with age mine is usually triggered by dust, some aerosols, cold air, and when I'm run down with a cold

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    (Original post by qasim_96)
    I'm asthmatic and it doesn't sound like asthma to me. I don't get any mucus.
    Maybe the mucus is related to my allergy then? :dontknow:
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    (Original post by LunaCat)
    Maybe the mucus is related to my allergy then? :dontknow:
    It could be. I'd see the GP about it but it doesn't seem asthma related.
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    (Original post by Changing Skies)
    Hmm, doesn't really sound like asthma to me but I'm not a doctor so definitely just see your GP as planned

    When it's more serious I usually just have a really tight chest and struggle to get a sufficient amount of air in, I can't lie down etc. Feels like something heavy is on my chest. And I sound VERY wheezy. If it's just minor it's bearable, just a bit of an inconvenience and it will go when I use my inhaler. I don't always have problems, thankfully! I've had it for 19 years now but it seems to be improving with age mine is usually triggered by dust, some aerosols, cold air, and when I'm run down with a cold

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    Thankyou, I'm relieved!

    That sounds like such a struggle to live with :hugs:
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    Please can anyone help me out???

    An hour ago I was really struggling to breathe, coughing so bad so was 100% convinced I was having some sort of '' asthma attack" and I took my mum's reliever inhaler (a new one) without asking her because I couldn't talk I didn't feel better straight away - more like after 10 minutes or so. My chest felt VERY cold when I took a breath in after taking the inhaler, like....It had toothpaste in it (just so you understand). I told my parents and they told me off that I should have never used it without prescription I admit I shouldn't have.

    So we called 111, told them everything and they just said it was OK to use inhaler but not to again + get appointment tomorrow with GP. They said that cold feeling was probably because i was panicking?!

    I'm not convinced because the person answering didn't even listen properly. It's been more than an hour and I can still coldness in my chest, and it makes me cough.

    Why?
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    (Original post by LunaCat)
    Please can anyone help me out???

    An hour ago I was really struggling to breathe, coughing so bad so was 100% convinced I was having some sort of '' asthma attack" and I took my mum's reliever inhaler (a new one) without asking her because I couldn't talk I didn't feel better straight away - more like after 10 minutes or so. My chest felt VERY cold when I took a breath in after taking the inhaler, like....It had toothpaste in it (just so you understand). I told my parents and they told me off that I should have never used it without prescription I admit I shouldn't have.

    So we called 111, told them everything and they just said it was OK to use inhaler but not to again + get appointment tomorrow with GP. They said that cold feeling was probably because i was panicking?!

    I'm not convinced because the person answering didn't even listen properly. It's been more than an hour and I can still coldness in my chest, and it makes me cough.

    Why?
    Well, from this its still hard - impossible to diagnose you through the text, it can either be pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma or as you said, stress. Still, the GP is the only way you can really figure out what it is. asthma is your lungs becoming inflamed basically which constricts breathing.

    My best guess is that its asthma still, however, again I personally havent felt some of the symptoms you have. The doctor will tell you whats wrong.
    Hope its nothing too serious :P
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    (Original post by LunaCat)
    I've never had a cough unless I had a cold or sore throat, but recently (been over 4 weeks) I wake up with a lot of mucus at the back of my throat and constantly have to clear it.
    More recently I've also been having dry coughs - when I try to breathe in/out it seems like it tickles my throat and because of that I have to cough to be able to breathe.

    6 months ago I suddenly developed allergy but I don't know what to. All the symptoms of hay fever, except that it happens when I am in the house, not out.

    Asthmatic people, or anyone else do you think it could be asthma?

    I'm going to the GP soon, hopefully. How do they check for asthma?
    Sounds like some form of flu or infection. I would visit a pharmacy to see what they suggest. Try using some cough sweets and herbal teas (like honey or camomile) or heated ribena to clear some of the mucus and soothe your throat.
    You might need to see your doctor since it's been going on for a long time. Could be that you have an infection that needs medication or that you have something like hay fever.
    You might want to wash your bedding and do some dusting as dead skin and dust can cause hay fever-like symptoms.

    You could also have a think about if you've recently got any new products like air freshener, laundry products, food etc.

    So yeah I would try to get to see a dr, and in the meantime visit a pharmacy.
    GP would probably use a spirometry test for asthma. It's where our breathe into a tube, a bit like a breathalyser test for alcohol, to test how well you are breathing.
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    (Original post by LunaCat)
    I've never had a cough unless I had a cold or sore throat, but recently (been over 4 weeks) I wake up with a lot of mucus at the back of my throat and constantly have to clear it.
    More recently I've also been having dry coughs - when I try to breathe in/out it seems like it tickles my throat and because of that I have to cough to be able to breathe.

    6 months ago I suddenly developed allergy but I don't know what to. All the symptoms of hay fever, except that it happens when I am in the house, not out.

    Asthmatic people, or anyone else do you think it could be asthma?

    I'm going to the GP soon, hopefully. How do they check for asthma?
    I've had asthma all of my life. It doesn't cause mucus and rarely does it make you cough; you only cough purposefully to clear your restricted airways. My asthma manifests itself by chest and airway tightness which only my inhalers can alleviate. Mucus nearly always means I am developing a chest infection.
 
 
 
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