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I know this is a sex ed board but I was wondering if anyone knew about this.

For 4 days now I've been having breathing problems. It led to a fever for a few days, which I shrugged off by sleeping, but I'm still having problems breathing. Its not god-awful, not life threatening, just a real annoyance. It's keeping me up at night even. I'm wheezing through my classes.

I went to the doctor today who said my lungs sounded fine, my blood oxygen levels were fine, and my blood pressure was fine. Even though I'm physically wheezing and uncomfortable, he said he wouldn't perscribe an inhaler to me unless this continues for a month. The thing is... I don't want this to keep happening for a month. It's driving me crazy just 4 days in.

I have a history of asthema in my family (infact, both of my parents and my only sibling all have it, im the only one who doesnt), and for about 5 years, doctors have been telling me "Well, it sounds like asthema but we'll see" and just never get around to giving me an inhaler. This isn't the first time this has happened.

I was wondering if anyone knew about any over-the-counter inhalers out there. I just want to take things into my own hands finally and breathe properly.

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I wouldn't suggest to try to self-medicate (nor am I aware of any over-the-counter inhaler your could use). What I would suggest is getting the opinion of another doctor (any fast clinic your could go to ?) about your breathing difficulties, especially if it is keeping you up at night and been going on for 4 days now and doesn't seem to get any better. (If your breathing difficulties become severe though, then it obviously might be best to not wait and get to the ER instead.) While the last doctor didn't seem to have done anything to improve your condition, another doctor might. Sometimes it's just a matter of getting a second opinion.

It's possible it is asthma but it can be also due to other things too. But in either case, this shouldn't be something you should have to endure any longer. I get how frustrating this might be. Did your last doctor suggest you at least something you could try to help relieve your breathing difficulties ?

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I'm at college, so I don't know of any other doctors around here. I'm home for winter break in 9 days, but I don't know, it seems like such a long time.

He said its due to a cold. He also suggested it could be because of dry weather. But I don't have the cash (nor room... I'm in a dorm) for a humidifier, and the rest of my cold-ish symptoms have gotten better, save the breathing.

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Hey pixeldot- I'm a medicated asthmatic, and I can say certainly that there isn't anything over the counter for asthma specifically, but there are a few things you can do to ease your breathing until you see a doctor that will take you seriously.

-long hot showers: the steam can give you some temporary relief.
-hot cups of tea (I particularly recommend peppermint)

Basically, heat and moisture will help a lot. Let me know if there's any other advice you need.

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Do you have a student health center on campus? Would there be any way for you to visit the doctor or nurse there, at the very least to get a second opinion?

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