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Is it ever that a 3.5 yr old with asthma take cough meds for his cold?

Is it ever that a 3.5 yr old with asthma take cough meds for his cold?

No: Cough medicine for youngsters may do more harm than good. First, make sure the asthma is under control else you end up getting into more trouble by suppressing the cough. During a cold, your doctor may even prescribe a short-course of oral cortisone to get the child out of asthma. Honey may work for cough some times but you need to know the cause for the cough first. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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What's the diff between asthma and cough-variant asthma, or asthmatic bronchitis? Never had asthma, but always get bronchitis with every cold now.

What's the diff between asthma and cough-variant asthma, or asthmatic bronchitis? Never had asthma, but always get bronchitis with every cold now.

Intensity: Asthma is a variable condition where the "average" patient experiences periods of wheezing brought on by infection or other personal triggering events.In cough variant asthma it is mild enough they may never know, but the cough stops with asthma meds.A feature is sibs or parents with asthma.Asthmatic bronchitis is more a label for infection triggered wheezing.One with CVA would be more prone to it ...Read more

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I have asthma & my cough has been bad my dr is putting me on more antibotics and dulera (formoterol and mometasone) should I take the antib. Or no? Bc its astma

Asthma + antibiotics: Your doctor probably had a good reason for the antibiotics although you are correct that antibiotics are not usually effective for asthma alone, sometimes asthma may be complicated or triggered by infection, sinusitis or even pneumonia. If you are questioning the need for the antibiotic you should contact the drs office not just not take it. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed 3 days of 2ml liquid prednisone for 11months olds' asthma and cough, but its day 4 and he's not better. Can I keep giving it to him?

Dr prescribed 3 days of 2ml liquid prednisone for 11months olds' asthma and cough, but its day 4 and he's not better. Can I keep giving it to him?

See your doctor: I would advise you follow back up with their physician to make sure something else has not developed. As they saw him recently, they will be the best equiped to evaluate if a change in treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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My son has a dry cough, every time he run it gets worst for the past two months. His doctor said its cough variant asthma, but cough is not stopping?

My son has a dry cough, every time he run it gets worst for the past two months.  His doctor said its cough variant asthma, but cough is not stopping?

Medications: Cough variant asthma usually needs some medications to manage it. If your son's doctor started some medicines that aren't helping, go back for a follow up. There are many different options and the medicines can be changed to something that will be more helpful. ...Read more

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I have been recovering from a nasty bout of illness, asthma, flu, cough, etc but now I have developed a constant ache in my right arm. Concern?

I have been recovering from a nasty bout of illness, asthma, flu, cough, etc but now I have developed a constant ache in my right arm. Concern?

Not sure why?: Having constant ach in r arm should not be as result of any of those problems, if continue i will check it out with your doctor. Good luck thanks. ...Read more

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I'm having flu like symptoms, with a lot of unproductive coughing. The cough reminds me of an asthma related cough, and I'm wheezing. What can I take? Do I need an inhaler to help me breath?

I'm having flu like symptoms, with a lot of unproductive coughing. The cough reminds me of an asthma related cough, and I'm wheezing. What can I take? Do I need an inhaler to help me breath?

Needs evaluation: Inhalers may be a benefit but use of prescription inhalers (what kind/how used) requires a brief history, and exam.This could be done at most urgent care centers.You may have atypical pneumonia and need different treatment. ...Read more

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Lungs feel heavy for 3 months. Shortness of breath. Dizzy. Drs ruled out asthma. No cough. Quit smoking 4 months ago. What is this?

Lungs feel heavy for 3 months.  Shortness of breath.  Dizzy.  Drs ruled out asthma.  No cough.  Quit smoking 4 months ago.  What is this?

Cough: Lung symptoms are challenging because part of it is your description of symtoms, then is our interpretation of what you say. Requires reexamination, ordering test (blood, xray, pulmonary test etc). Your age and smoke pack history is essencial because smoking is associated with emphysema, lung cancer, heart disesase, other cancers and other conditions that can cause diziness, fatigue. ...Read more

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My 19mo was diagnosed with mild persistent asthma, she coughs in am, when runs, etc, does she always need nebulizer or is there inhaler/quicker way?

My 19mo was diagnosed with mild persistent asthma, she coughs in am, when runs, etc, does she always need nebulizer or is there inhaler/quicker way?

May need controller: She may need a controller medication to help prevent symptoms instead of a more convenient rescue med. However she may be able to use an inhaler with a spacer. ...Read more

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Milk allergy is causing asthma/severe coughing in toddler. What can be done to treat this?

Milk allergy is causing asthma/severe coughing in toddler. What can be done to treat this?

Avoidance: Avoidance is key. If your child is already having symptoms of cough and nasal congestion, you can give an antihistamine: benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Cetirizine or loratidine at the right dose (check w/ doctor). If your child is having shortness of breath and wheezing, you will need a breathing treatment which can be prescribed by your doctor. If you need to confirm allergy see an allergist for testing. ...Read more

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My 7yrs old daughter had asthma and coughing tonite she is using steam Vicks with water.But my 6months baby sleeping with her..Is that ok for my baby?

My 7yrs old daughter had asthma and coughing tonite she is using steam Vicks with water.But my 6months baby sleeping with her..Is that ok for my baby?

Maybe,maybe not: I have never been fond of the "vapor" stink as treatment for anything. I find the idea that stinking up the room with a noticeable fume is more likely to aggravate a cough than help it at any age. There are some decongestant effects, but the irritant value is similar to paint fumes. ...Read more

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Severe asthma and coughing up blood. What does this sound like?

Hemoptysis: A condition that warrants prompt medical attention. Make an appt to see your doctor asap! ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more