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Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Maybe: Asthma symptoms are cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness that is recurrent. It typically worsens at night and with exercise. There are multiple triggers including allergies, smoke/irritants and even acid reflux. An allergist or pulmonologist can perform a history, exam and lung function tests to help determine if asthma is the cause. ...Read more

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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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My wife has asthma and has been coughing. Should I get a dehumidifier or an air purifier?

My wife has asthma and has been coughing. Should I get a dehumidifier or an air purifier?

Not humidifier: While dry air may make asthma worse, in time humidifiers become a mechanism for spreading mold through your house. Coughing at night could be associated with either dust in your home, allergies to blankets, or reflux. See your asthma specialist and let him/her know what her symptoms are and when they occur. ...Read more

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Can an air purifier help asthma in any way?

YEs it can: Many asthmatics have allergies to airborne things like pollen, dust, smoke and particulate matter (pollution). Make sure the purifier has a hepa filter and maintain it according to the manufacturer's recommendations. ...Read more

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Would you recommend getting an air purifier for asthma suferer?

Air purifier : Can be helpful. But must be sure you keep it serviced regularly and/ or if there are filters that need to be changed or are water reservoirs that are needed that they too are changed daily or as recommended by the manufacturer of the product that you choose. ...Read more

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I suffer from asthma, and sleep apnea. I brought a air purifier to remove smoke from neighbors. Now my sinuses are dry even after using saline. Help!!

I suffer from asthma, and sleep apnea. I brought a air purifier to remove smoke from neighbors. Now my sinuses are dry even after using saline. Help!!

Room humidifier/meds: are you taking any antihistamine medication? I suggest a room humidifier to help and steam showers 4 times daily- deeply inhale the steam. Stop any and all antihistamines and review current meds with your physician ...Read more

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Whats the difference between a dehumidifier and an air purifier? What would be best for a cough?

Whats the difference between a dehumidifier and an air purifier? What would be best for a cough?

Difference: a dehumidifier extracts water from the circuklationg air. An air filter contains micropore HEPA filters to catch spores, molds, dusts, pollens etc. Air filters work best for allergies. ...Read more

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I've always had an annoying cough.I was diagnosed w/ asthma 2 years ago but I breathe hard and sometimes twist my body to get air, how can I control it?

I've always had an annoying cough.I was diagnosed w/ asthma 2 years ago but I breathe hard and sometimes twist my body to get air, how can I control it?

Talk with your doc: As soon as you can. Asthma can start as an annoying cough but can get worse so that it's hard for you to breathe. Different inhalers and pills can help heal your airways and prevent asthma. Also, you & your doc can figure out other causes of shortness of breath. Think about your surroundings [dust, animals, smoke, fumes, mildew/mold]. Any new triggers during the last 2 years? Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Would dry air tend to make a person cough more if they have allergies or asthma than humidified air?

Would dry air tend to make a person cough more if they have allergies or asthma than humidified air?

Usually: Dry (and cold) air is particularly bad for exercise induced asthma and that frequently causes cough. Swimming was always said to be better than running for asthma, but now with public pools so highly chlorinated, that also often makes asthma worse. For nasal allergies, the best way to humidify is to use saline nasal spray or flush. ...Read more

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Ive taken sinus pills abuterol pro air seems like nun s wrkn i have a persistant cough chest burns choking spells n i have asthma n allergies?

Ive taken sinus pills abuterol pro air seems like nun s wrkn i have a persistant cough chest burns choking spells n i have asthma n allergies?

See allergist: Albuterol should not be used as the only medication for persistent asthma. Acid reflux can cause coughing and chest burning as well. You need to talk with your doctor about all these issues. If he cannot help you, consult an allergist. ...Read more

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My daughter,6 years old, has exercise induced and seasonal asthma. She has been cough so much she pukes from bronchitis. She is on proair,augmentin and orapred. We have done steam,cold air ect...nothing is stopping her cough. Anything more we can do?

My daughter,6 years old, has exercise induced and seasonal asthma. She has been cough so much she pukes from bronchitis. She is on proair,augmentin and orapred. We have done steam,cold air ect...nothing is stopping her cough. Anything more we can do?

Not every cough: Come from the respiratory tract, sinuses, middle ears, reflux all can cause or increase cough. The post tussive vomiting you described is typical of uncontrolled asthma, untreated sinusitis or reflux. Orapred burst is fine but still might not have touched the real cause(s). She isn't on controller therapy for her asthma, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist for comprehensive management ...Read more

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16yr old girl i was told i had bronchitis and have have asthma but I have a painful long cough gasp for air, wheeze, mood swings. Do I have lung cancer?

16yr old girl i was told i had bronchitis and have have asthma but I have a painful long cough gasp for air, wheeze, mood swings. Do I have lung cancer?

Not likely: If your doctor told you that you have bronchitis ; asthma, s/he means you have bronchitis ; asthma and not cancer. What treatment did s/he provide to you? What follow up was suggested? Mood swings is an additional problem not associated with bronchitis. It may need care also, but you need to tell your physician you're experiencing this so that you receive it. ...Read more

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Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Maybe: Asthma symptoms are cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness that is recurrent. It typically worsens at night and with exercise. There are multiple triggers including allergies, smoke/irritants and even acid reflux. An allergist or pulmonologist can perform a history, exam and lung function tests to help determine if asthma is the cause. ...Read more

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Will an air filter with an ionizer help or aggravate my asthma?

Will an air filter with an ionizer help or aggravate my asthma?

Yes and no: The air filter (be sure to use HEPA grade filter) will help to remove allergens and irritants that can act as triggers. The ionizer can actually exacerbate asthma because the free radicals that are produced can worsen inflammation within the lung. ...Read more

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Looking for a good air filter to better control asthma/suggestions?

Looking for a good air filter to better control asthma/suggestions?

Hepa filters: Purifying the air is benficial to asthmatics and allergy and people in general. I always recommend hepa filters. Honeywell makes several dpending on the room size. They are not too expensive but are certainly worth ir. ...Read more

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Iam allergic to cats and my inhailer isn't workin will humitifyer work or air filter. Or should I git rid of my cat.. I do have asthma..

Iam allergic to cats and my inhailer isn't workin will humitifyer work or air filter. Or should I git rid of my cat.. I do have asthma..

Cat bad for asthma: The best way is to remove the cat and thoroughly clean the house, including carpeting and furniture. If you are not willing to do that, see an allergist and consider getting on desensitization (allergy shots), which would decrease y our problem. A humidifier will not work, a hepa filter air purifier and preventing the cat from getting into the bedroom may help. ...Read more

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How is cough variant asthma diagnosed?

How is cough variant asthma diagnosed?

Asthma: Cough is just a symptom of asthma. If your docotr hears wheezing and is recurrent problem, then you may have asthma for sure. Your docotr needs to do lung trests to establish diagnosis of asthma along with clinicla diagnosis.Some pts. Cough at night only & it becomes difficult 2diagnose as the docotr may not be able to listen for wheezing at this time unless u go 2 the er. All coughs is not asthma. ...Read more

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How is cough variant asthma diagnosed?

How is cough variant asthma diagnosed?

Mostly by history: This is asthma which is primarily manifested by coughing and not measurable evidence of airway constriction. The response to low-dose inhaled steroid , bronchodilator, and/or leukotriene modifier supports the diagnosis. It is possible that this may be a prelude to persistent asthma later on in life. ...Read more

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