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A 36-year-old male asked:

hi my son is 2 years and 4 months. he has a cough and runny nose. what medicine can i use to steam him? he also has asthma?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Follow your son's asthma action plan as outlined by his physician. A virtual consultation is available from Healthtap. The symptoms are consistent with an upper respiratory infection which is a known potential trigger of asthma. A humidifier with distilled water may be used for comfort and discuss nasal saline to reduced post nasal drip. The humidifier does not require medication.
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes commented
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Sometimes a small amount of Eucalyptus oil on clothing can be helpful. However, in some kids that can irritate his asthma, so watch him and if worsen with that, change clothes
Mar 8, 2021

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