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A 22-year-old female asked:

4 yr old coughing for 7 wks.diagnosed with asthma.did 10 day steroid, albuterol evry 4 hrs, 7 day amox & qvar inhaler.still coughing.wat now? answers?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brian Bezack
Pediatrics - Pulmonology 20 years experience
? the diagnosis: It is possible that asthma is not the diagnosis. There are other causes of prolonged cough in a young child. One important consideration would be the possibility of pertussis, especially with recent outbreaks across the us. Has she been tested? Sinus infections may not respond well to plain amoxicillin. Reflux can also present as a prolonged cough. If asthma is correct, has she seen a specialist?
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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 59 years experience
See allergist: After 7 weeks, it is time for you to bring the child to an allergy specialist who can help you in finding out the cause for the cough which may well not be asthma given the lack of response to the anti-asthma drugs including oral steroid. I would consider getting a chest x-ray also to rule out aspiration.
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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Is your child immunized? Pertussis can give a prolonged cough with asthma type presentation
Mar 30, 2015
Last updated Jul 29, 2018

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