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I have a history of allergies and asthma both. I went to the Dr to try a new steroid inhaler called Symbicort and was told to take 2 puffs in the morning and two puffs in the evening...well that is way too much for me so I did 1 puff AM and 1 puff in the PM. That was still a lot for me and have since learned that Symbicort can cause sore throats. How common is a sore throat from using this inhaler? I rinsed every time I used it but I stopped using it about a week ago and now I am on day 6 of a sore throat but with no fever. I do get a runny nose off and on (no congestion), a headache off and on and my ears will hurt a little or be itchy and I have sneezed but not consistently. I'm generally not a sneezer anyway. Does all this sound like allergies or maybe more of a reaction to the inhaler? I have a rescue inhaler that I have always used and I'm using it now every 3 hours instead of 4 since I've gotten the sore throat. I have been using a humidifier at night hoping that helps. Any ideas? Does allergies more commonly trigger asthma or the other way around? The pollen has been high for the last month or so. It sometimes feels warm behind my eyes also.

Thanks for your replies.😊
[QUOTE=Titchou;5419928]Sounds like allergies. If you gargle with warm salt water and it goes away, it is allergies.If it doesn't, it's an infection.[/QUOTE]

How do you figure on that? I haven't heard that before, just curious. So, when allergies are in full swing, does that make you more susceptible to catching colds etc... From people around you that are sick?

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