I am an atopic person. I have a mild wheeze, skin eczema, and I get hay fever.
Over the last 2 or 3 years, I have gotten cold about once or twice, after the cold symptoms go away (fever, sore throat etc) it has always been followed by a persistant cough. The cough appears about a day or two after cold symptoms end. Doctors initially told me this is called a post nasal drip. I get prescribed cough syrup (which tends to be ineffective). But eventually the cough dissapears over about 2 weeks. Over the last year or so, this persistant cough has gotten much worse, and tends to last more than a month.
Recently, a doctor I went to prescribed prednisolone, and symbicort (an inhalor). He told me that my cough is due to a sensitive windpipe and causes chronic bronchitis. He also gave me some antibiotics. He did not take an xray to confirm bronchitis.
This inhalor is quite expensive, and I have never had need for one before. But then again. my cough has never persisted for so long (now nearing one and a half months). It is a mild, persistant cough. Should I purchase these medicines?