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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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Can I take codeine cough syrup & Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with Lexapro not at the same time my dry cough from asthma is getting really bad?

Can I take codeine cough syrup & Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with Lexapro not at the same time my dry cough from asthma is getting really bad?

Treat asthma: The best way to control a cough from asthma is to treat the asthma and not using cough suppression. You need to see your doctor to get the right medication since I do not see the presence of any asthma control drugs in your profile. Stopping smoking would also be in your best interest. ...Read more

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Will regular cough medicine help me to loosen up phlegm due to asthma? Please help me docs!

Will regular cough medicine help me to loosen up phlegm due to asthma? Please help me docs!

Maybe: It may help a bit, but does nothing to address the problem of asthma, so it just hides the cause. Proper medication should help you address the cough and the phlegm without using cough medicine. ...Read more

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What chesty cough medicine is safe to take if I have asthma and under active thyroid?

What chesty cough medicine is safe to take if I have asthma and under active thyroid?

Most every one: Most over the counter cough medicines are safe to take with the above problems but make sure you read the label and ask the pharmacist. ...Read more

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What cough medicine can itake while taking strattera (atomoxetine) my dr said just now that ihave asthma I knew I had it she has me on low dose inhaler not help?

Cough med+strattera: You can take a cough medicine that does not contain a cough suppressant, which may counter the efffect of strattera (atomoxetine).

Speak to your doctor, you may need a change in your asthma medicaiton. ...Read more

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Hoarse cough Shortness of breath since 2 days early in the morning when im sleeping. Goes away after taking cough medicine after an hr. Asthma?

Hoarse cough Shortness of breath since 2 days early in the morning when im sleeping. Goes away after taking cough medicine after an hr. Asthma?

May be: Or airway hypersensitivity, also check your sinuses, cough medicine would help momentarily, check with an allergist if you have a specialist around, but start with your regular doctor, you will need a bronchodilator to help your cough first, and other controller medicine might be needed in addition to treating any other condition like sinusitis, good luck ...Read more

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Itchy throat every night then asthma attacks, what medicine should I take? Should I take antihistamine? A cough medicine?

Itchy throat every night then asthma attacks, what medicine should I take? Should I take antihistamine? A cough medicine?

Medical evaluation: This certainly sounds like alleriy induced asthma- I would not advise self mediciation since you should get allergy testing and pulmonry function testing: most OTC mediciations will NOT help in these circumstances. Call for a medical appointment ASAP. ...Read more

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My son is asthmatic and he has a cold what cough medicine would be best to give him to clear up the congestion?

My son is asthmatic and he has a cold what cough medicine would be best to give him to clear up the congestion?

Asthma and cold: Make sure your son has a maintenance regimen and asthma action plan. When a viral trigger sets in, employ the necessary treatment in his action plan and maintain good hydration. Cough medicines often contain antihistamines and decongestants that can dry up mucus in his bronchial tubes and aggravate his asthma. Expectorants like guafenesin often do not help. Drinking lots of fluids usually helps. ...Read more

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Can ventolin syrup be given to baby with a bad cough and phlemy chest there is no asthma will it help him to bring up his mucus?

Can ventolin syrup be given to baby with a bad cough and phlemy chest there is no asthma will it help him to bring up his mucus?

Would not recommend: Cough and cold medicines have been shown to be not be effective for babies or toddlers and can sometime cause side effects. Saline nose spray can help relieve nasal congestion and humification can also be sometimes be useful. If any signs of difficulty breathing or feeding, the child needs to be seen by a health care provider. ...Read more

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Does asthma symptomps always include cough?

Does asthma symptomps always include cough?

Often, not always: cough is usually present, as excess mucus from inflammation is a problem. But some predominantly wheeze. Some cough exclusively (cough asthma). But - don't rule out asthma because cough is not present. Get checked, and be sure to perform spirometry befor and after a bronchodilator medication. ...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

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Does asthma have a history of a chronic cough?

Does asthma have a history of a chronic cough?

Sometimes...: Asthma is characterized by recurrent bronchospasm and airway inflammation. Symptoms can include recurrent coughing as well as shortness of breath and wheezing. It occurs in episodes so episodic coughing can be a feature. See your doctor for diagnosis as well as treatment. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cough variant asthma?

What are the symptoms of cough variant asthma?

Cough: Cough and not shortness of breath or wheezing is the primary symptom. The lung function test is often normal but the patient usually responds well to anti-asthma drugs. ...Read more

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Asthma and dry cough which medicine I can take?

Asthma and dry cough which medicine I can take?

Cough variant asthma: Dry cough could be related to asthma. This condition is called cough variant asthma. You should see your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and rule out any other causes. Treatment is similar to that for asthma in general. Depending on the severity of cough, inhaled albuterol or short course of steroids may be needed. In addition, your doctor may prescribe maintenance therapy with inhaled steroids. ...Read more

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Can I take codeine for cough if I have asthma? Thanks

Can I take codeine for cough if I have asthma? Thanks

Not recommended: Taking codeine is risky for patients with asthma; even though it decreases the cough reflex (the desired effect here), it also decreases the drive to breathe (absolutely what we do NOT want in asthma). There are safer medications to try first, and codeine should be supervised by a doctor. Codeine should *never* be taken by someone with severe asthma or by anyone ever during an asthma attack. ...Read more

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My child has asthma & the croup cough, what do I do?

My child has asthma & the croup cough, what do I do?

See doctor: You will need to see your doctor since this may be a signal that his asthma is getting worse. ...Read more

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Asthma and non stop cough every 5-10 seconds, what to do?

Asthma and non stop cough every 5-10 seconds, what to do?

See M.D.: If you have established asthma and are experiencing an asthma attack, worsening of your breathing, dry cough, shortness of breath, please see a doctor.
If your doctor has prescribed an inhaler, the instructions of use should be followed. ...Read more

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Persistent (3 months) cough in 22 month old. Is it asthma?

Persistent (3 months) cough in 22 month old. Is it asthma?

Possibly: There are several things that can cause a persistant cough (asthma, reflux - heartburn and others). I presume your child is not in distress. And that he/she has been examined by your pediatrician. In that case I would recommend seeing an allergist. To take a full history (including family history of allergies/asthma) and examination. Several possible medications can be tried. That should be helpful. ...Read more

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How common is it to develop cough variant asthma as an adult?

Not Common: People often talk about cough variant asthma, but it really is asthma with cough as a symptom instead of wheeze. So if you are coughing see an allergist and have a breathing test called a spirometry. This will tell you if asthma is there or not. The most common cause of cough is post nasal drip and acid reflux can also play a big role. ...Read more

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What are some ways to control a cough for a child with asthma?

What are some ways to control a cough for a child with asthma?

Medication: Cough is a common symptom of asthma. If it is from an acute attack, albuterol should suffice. In exercise-induced asthma, it is very effective if use 10-15 minutes prior to exercise. However, if the cough occurs daily, regular therapy with a controller medications such as montelukast (singulair) or an inhaled steroid (flovent, qvar, asmanex, pulmicort) may help. ...Read more

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How is cough-variant asthma diagnosed, versus "regular" asthma?

How is cough-variant asthma diagnosed, versus "regular" asthma?

Difference...: "cough-variant" asthma is diagnosed when the primary symptom of bronchospasm is cough as opposed to wheezing, the usual sign of bronchospasm. The bronchospasm is treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers and the cough is controlled with this therapy. The cough in " cough-variant" asthma responds to the usual treatment of asthma. Cough is the primary sign instead of wheezing. ...Read more

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Is there a test to confirm if chronic cough is due to Asthma or not?

Is there a test to confirm if chronic cough is due to Asthma or not?

There is: There is. It's called spirometry or a spirogram. There's a more involved version of the test often referred to as pulmonary function testing or PFTs. This is usually conducted through a primary care provider or a pulmonologist and is not commonly available in an emergency department or urgent care setting. ...Read more

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Is it likely for an adult to suddenly develop cough variant asthma?

Cough: Persistent cough can be due to sinus infections, asthma, smoking, lung infection or disease and GERD. If your cough has lasted more than 2-3 weeks whether persistent or intermittent you really need to see your doctor and go through the list of possibilities for you. A cough is a mechanical way for the body to eliminate mucous from the lung which is normally migrates out without any effort. ...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