So my unshakable cold does not seem to be a cold after all (my white blood cell count is normal), but asthma. While the diagnosis is not yet definitive, all signs point to it, including funny wheezing sounds I make when I try to exhale the list few air molecules. That means I can get back on the bike hopefully very soon. I have my next appointment on Monday morning, where I will learn the allergen test results.
I'll have to talk to my doctor about sports. Since the inhaler contains steroids, I might not be able to enter races, but this is currently a secondary concern. Once I have a diagnosis and I can manage the symptoms, I'll worry about that. It isn't as if I was planning to enter any races in 2020 anyway.
I think we must have tried the same kind of dressing. If it is, I can only second that. Mine was keeping the wound moist at just the right level so as to facilitate the healing process. It was waterproof, breathable and lasted about a week. If this is the future, I'm all in.
I used to use asthma inhalers when I was younger.
The allergen test tells you a lot. I am allergic to house dust, pollen etc.
Currently I take Bepotastine Besilate, an antihistamine which is effective for me. I'm prescribed 10mg twice a day, but I usually take it only in the morning unless I have trouble sleeping.
I also have a mometasone nasal spray which is effective for me. But it is a corticosteroid.
I have a salbutamol inhaler too but I only use that in emergency.
Anyway hopefully you get it sorted.