Hello all. New here and I am hoping someone can help. A little background info first - I am a 35 yr old female, married, 2 kids, non-smoker, grew up though with a father who smoked a pack a day so I most likely breathed in a lot of second hand smoke.
I've noticed the past years that whenever I've caught a run-of-the-mill cold w/ cough, the cold will run it's course and when it's done I am left with this hacky, dry, non-productive cough. I have it during the day as well as at night. Sometime I cannot even have a conversation without coughing. Last time I had a cold was back in April - cold lasted a week, the cough lasted 6 weeks! I've been to the doctor and have been told my lungs sound clear - it's just part of the cold that needs to run it's course, it's an upper respiratory infection, it's post nasal drip. I've taken prescription & OTC cough medicine, prescription & OTC cold medicine, & nasal spray - none helped. I've taken antibiotics which did help but out of a 2 week supply, then did not help until the latter part of week 2. Eventually - after rib pain & back pain and the feeling of someone pressing on my chest - the cough does go away but I am tired of coughing for weeks on end after a cold.
I don't get the cough at any other time except after a cold so it seems like the cold is the trigger. Anyone think this could be adult-onset asthma? If not, what could it be? Do you think I should see a pulmonologist?