A woman in her 20s is in the dispensary with a prescription for her asthma inhalers. She comments that she is still struggling to get over a cold – and is still congested – although she is pleased her asthma management plan is working as she didn’t experience an exacerbation. She mentions that she is using a decongestant spray that she bought in the supermarket: this worked well for a few days, but now ten days later, she feels like the congestion is back again, perhaps, is even worse. She asks if she should continue using it, or make an appointment to see the doctor in case there is something else going on?
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