A 33-year-old female asked:
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son takes steroid inhaler and zyrtec (cetirizine) nightly for asthma. since allergy season started, cough returned & albuterol won't get rid of it. what can i try?

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
See doctor: This suggests that your son's asthma is spinning out of control. You need to talk to your doctor to check out the cause for the coughing which may originate from gerd or even a sinusitis if asthma turns out not to be the reason.
Answered on Mar 23, 2014
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Dr. David Liu
Dr. David Liu answered
19 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Peak flows: Please use a peak flow meter to help document how your son's asthma gets better or worse. With these data, you can work with his pediatrician to make an asthma action plan, which can help to guide the correct use of different medications. It may be that he needs a burst of oral steroids, but difficult to say without numbers.
Answered on May 18, 2015
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