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I see that you have been prescribed Predinsone, Qvar 80mcg, Albuteral, and Nasonex and that your "chest xray turned out okay."
I also see that you have been having bronchospasms that taper off as the day goes on.
When were you prescribed the drugs?
What was the diagnosis given?
Those medications are usually prescribed for asthma or COPD (chronic bronchitis/emphysema). They can also be prescribed short term (several weeks) to clear up lung problems of unknown origin.
Prednisone is a potent anti-inflammatory. It should have cleared up the inflammation within a period of a couple weeks. It's sad that the improvement didn't last. The Qvar and Nasonex should work over time to clear up the rest of the symptoms within the next month or so.
It's great that the xray was clear since that means no pneumonia, fungal or other infection, or TB.
Does the coughing get worse when you exercise?
The cold may have just stirred things up. One other thing to consider is that alcohol is known to make people's allergies and asthma worse, and can even trigger anaphylaxis in some asthmatics. It isn't known whether it is the alcohol itself or other ingredients in the beverage. It seems to be universal among types of alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). You might consider giving up the beer for a couple of weeks and see if that helps with the symptoms. Once you are better, you could try some again and see if it causes a problem.
I've seen several cases this autumn of people who've never had asthma before get asthma-type symptoms that took several weeks to go away. Once they did, the patients were able to wean off their inhalers.
It is safe to use the inhalers forever if they are needed. That is what people with asthma and COPD have to do. The metallic taste can be from the inhalers. Significant coughing can also cause some blood. The tissues are very vascular and bleed easily. It should stop as the amount of coughing decreases. You should see your doctor again within the next month or so. If you aren't better, he or she will probably send you to a pulmonary specialist.
The viral infection should clear up on its own. The coughing may just be from residual irritation and inflammation. Those should clear up, but it may take a while (2-3 weeks).
The infection that started this all probably has cleared up. It can take longer for the inflammation though.
You are doing it already. That is what the inhalers are for.
It's best not to try prednisone again now, but to wait it out and see if everything gets better with just the inhalers. If you aren't better in a couple of weeks, that would be time to consider another prednisone taper.
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