I agree with your conclusion that your problem is “allergies”. That your asthma remains well controlled is very good news.
The allergic symptoms may have worsened in response to your having missed three doses of Celestamine but it is equally likely that your problem relates to a heightened exposure to allergens, probably including the exposure to dust. You also mentioned your “decorating for Christmas” and it is also likely that you have been exposed to a high concentration of allergens present in the decorations that have been sitting around, probably gathering dust, for a year. You may want to wear a dust mask while working with these materials or ask another family member to assume that task.
Your message includes no mention of your taking an antihistamine. Granted, Singulair (a leukotriene receptor antagonist) is often effective in the treatment of both asthma and allergic, seasonal or perennial rhinitis, it is not an antihistamine and the addition of a drug in this category might provide relief of at least some of your symptoms. Check with your doctor on this before adding such a drug to your regimen. You should also discuss if it might be possible to reduce the amount of oral or IM steroids currently being used by you to control your symptoms. This might require consultation with a Board Certified Allergist.
Finally, this might be a good time for you to engage in a reappraisal of your home environment for other allergens that might be contributing to your problem such as animal dander (from a previous occupant) and to ascertain if you have done everything possible to reduce the amount of house dust and the house dust mite, especially in your bedroom.
I forgot to mention…..
I was also diagnosed with GERD. I think this was induced by all the antibiotics, steriods and all meds that I have been taking without protecting my stomach.
The severe sore throat I have is a combination of the mucus that i have been swallowing and the GERD. I thought had a burning log stuck in my throat. I had the combination of GERD with severe allergies. I am now on Nexium 40mng and RIOPAN and I am feeling both relief of the allergies and GERD.
I was given ZIRTEC instead of Celestamine NS and am feeling much much better! PHEW!
Thank you Dr. Tinkelman, I certainly will take care of the dust in my house and try a mask for protection…. So Celestamine NS and Singulair are not an antihistamine?
Symptoms of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux are:
Continual throat clearing
Chronic throat irritation
Excessive phlegm the throat
Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
Constant sensation of something in the throat
Swallowed food comes back up
Post nasal drainage
Blockage of the breathing passage
Spasm of the larynx (voice box)
This condition is a result of both UES and LES not working correctly.
And it is possible not to have typical gerd/acid reflux symptoms.