“My hayfever turned into adult onset asthma”
Teresa Castelvetere, 57, endured years of lingering chest infections, coughs and colds before discovering the real cause. She shares her story with Sarah Marinos
“Ayear after I returned with my family to live in Australia from the UK, I developed hay fever at age 41. I’d never had it before and I thought it was just a bad cold but it got worse and worse.
I suffered in spring when the flowers were out and when it was damp and cold. My doctor prescribed a steroid nasal spray, which is used to treat congestion and sneezing, and I found myself taking that for most of the year.
I had lots of episodes of upper respiratory tract infections and whenever I got a cold, it went straight to my chest. I’d have a bad runny nose and sometimes it would dry up and get blocked so at night it would be hard to breathe. There would be a lot of sneezing and coughing. Friends would comment on how much I was coughing, or would say my voice on the phone sounded very nasal. But you get used to so much. It became normal for me and I just carried on but I now realise I was tired a lot.