I have been coughing pretty much non-stop since last Monday and had little to no sleep Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat night because of it. Having suffered enough by Friday (I am no martyr, lol) I requested a GP call back. The GP prescribed an antibiotic over the phone, and a Salbutamol Inhaler, but I wasn't that happy that she hadn't actually seen me. I really didn't think I needed the antibiotic as was pretty sure, if there was an infection it was probably viral. On Friday and Saturday the cough went from bad to worse, with night time being the worst. The Salbutamol inhaler worked eventually but only after maybe using it 3 or 4 times with maybe 10 mins between each. the coughing bouts though were lasting for a good 1/2 hr to 40 mins before they settled. At times I was coughing until I was nearly sick. I phoned the out of hours doctor yesterday, who said he wanted to see me. He listened to my chest, and said he was happy there was nothing like pneumonia, which didn't rule out an upper respiratory tract infection. There was no wheeze, which I also knew, but he did witness the coughing. He has put me on a course of oral steroids and I am to continue with the Salbutamol and antibiotic. I am absolutely worn out, to be honest, as is my husband who can't sleep either. Last night there was an improvement, which is to be expected almost immediately with the oral steroids, and I slept from about 1am to 4.30am, before the coughing started. The salbutamol was definitely working much better as well. The cough is almost like a spasm I would say, and breathing out is more difficult than breathing in. I sort of feel a bit up in the air though, as the doctor can't say if it is definitely an URTI, and he kept asking about asthma. My children both have asthma, as do all my cousins, aunts/uncles on my mum's side. My sister was diagnosed with adult onset asthma two years ago. I have had URTIs before, and get a lot of sinusitis as well as having rhinitis, but the cough has never been like this. I am wondering if I should go ahead and make a routine appointment for my own GP, which will probably be a week away at least, and by that stage I should know how things have settled with the cough :/ I am really bad about making decisions about illness, as part of the trouble with OCD I have is the belief that others think I am a hypochondriac. I am also not very good at gaining any perspective on how bad a situation is, and often let things go on too long. Any advice from people who suffer from URTIs/asthma would be welcome.