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How To Stop Asthma Cough
Therapy options: Bronchitis therapy is directed at cough suppression and thinning of mucus to help with elimination/expectoration. Otc cough suppressants such as dextromethorphan may be helpful but in some situations, the cough is due to bronchospasm and may respond better to bronchodilators such as albuterol. Avoidance of irritants like tobacco smoke is also advisable. Discuss appropriate options with your md. ...Read more
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
Options: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Get a checkup !: Cough is a symptom of throat and possibly lung problems. If you have a persistent cough, it could be simply related to allergy drainage or acid reflux. An examination by a throat specialist can identify the cause of the cough and then treatments will avoid the need for cough drops. The key is to deal with the cause, not the treatment! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the cause: It depends on the cause of the cough. Most acute coughs are due to viral infections, but coughs can also be caused by allergies, tuberculosis, cancer etc. Presuming you are talking about an acute infection, my favorite treatments are the herb pellargonium sidoides (sold as umcka) & homeopathy. A good article on homeopathy for coughs is http://homeopathyplus.Com.Au/coughs-and-how-to-treat-them/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Identify the cause: The best treatment for a cough is to identify the trigger so it can be avoided. There are many triggers of cough. Once the cause is known, specific treatment can be offered rather than just a "cough suppresant" an allergist or pulmonologist can assist in finding the cause of cough and developing a treatment plan. ...Read more
See an allergist: The best treatment for allergic rhinitis is allergy shots. You need an evaluation by an allergist or ENT allergist. We have several medications that can help. Shots or sublingual drops can have a significant and long term effect on the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Cough is not a disease, it is a symptom, and can also be evaluated by the same docs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inhaled steroids: There are a few medications to treat asthma, but the mainstay are inhaled corticosteroids. While they are steroids, they have a very localized effect and are very safe. If they are not effective alone at preventing asthma, we have a number of other medications we can use. ...Read more
Inhalers & avoidance: Avoiding things that trigger your asthma, such as dust or animals, can help. Most asthma is controlled with short acting inhalers like albuterol, & long acting inhaled steroids. Albuterol helps acute attacks; inhaled steroids help prevent attacks from happening in the first place. Other meds, such as singulair (montelukast) or oral steroids, are used when these aren't enough to keep it under control. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Mucolytic meds: Generally in smokers it is common to have chronic bronchitis and they may require prescription medications. Acute bronchitis or the occasional phlegm may initially be treated with Guaifenesin (mucinex (guaifenesin) or robitussin), if the phlegm appears yellow to green and thick it may require the addition of an antibiotic by your doctor. Colored mucous, chest pain, fever should prompt a doctor visit. ...Read more
Diagnosis...: Your cough needs to be diagnosed by your doctor. Besides chronic bronchospasm, chronic cough can be caused by gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. All of these have different treatments, besides bronchodilators, so see your doctor for re-evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough remedies: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Treatment : Hyperinflation in asthma can occur as a result of air trapping when lungs do not empty out adequately during exhalation. This is secondary to airflow obstruction. Treatment of asthma with beta agonist ( such as albuterol or salmeterol) should resolve hyperinflation as these medicines decrease airflow obstruction. Inhaled steroid (also used for treatment of ashtma) help reduce inflammation. ...Read more
Choose parents well: There are many components to the asthma experience & by far the most important is genetic. Those born into families where one or both parents have or had asthma have a higher lifetime risk. There is an interaction with eczema, allergies &asthma within families. You can reduce the impact by avoiding smoking or exposure to fumes, etc.But this comes out if your born susceptible, when the time comes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several ways: The most important thing is to avoid the trigger if known. Seasonal asthma such as from pollens may require an increase in controller medication before pollen season starts. Allergy injections are an excellent way to prevent allergic asthma after identifying the causative allergens. While this is more time consuming, it is the only real long-term treatment that is disease-modifying! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have an attack of asthma for a week can I take codeine to stop the cough that has come with it? Thanks.
See your doctor: The cough can certainly be debilitating and codeine is sometimes a good adjunct but the goal is to effectively treat the asthma so the flareup and cough resolve rather than suppressing the cough. I see that you have a history of alcohol addition so in your case codeine and any cough syrup with alcohol is not advised. ...Read more
Why is it when I cough I always stop up like I have a bad cold? Is it part of asthma or bronchitis?
Cough: A cough can be a symptom is asthma. Often there are triggers like colds that cause it. There is often associated shortness of breath and wheezing. Keep a record of your symptoms and review this with your doctor. You can get lung tests that help with the diagnosis and asthma medications to see if you respond to them. I don't see a history of smoking which is good. You may need a CXR. All the best ...Read more
Bronciectasis & asthma related chronic cough has made my life a torment, so far inhalors are not stopping this, is there any way to stop cough?
sinusitis/GERD?: A chronic sinusitis or gerd can result in difficulties such as this. Gerd, when it affects the airways can be relatively silent and it may take 3 mos of very aggressive (2x/day potent acid suppressant & elevating the head bed) to give benefit. Instead of a dry powder inhaler (advair), which can be irritating, mdi inh.Cortisone breathed in slowly & gently via a spacer may work better for her. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a hacking cough for over two years now. I have asthma and am on inhalers, however if I lie horizontally the coughing stops. What 's up?
Pedunculated polyp: A polyp or benign mass growing from a stalk above your vocal cords will hang down when you're standing irritating the true cords & causing cough. When lying down the polyp just hits the back of your throat or swings in the breeze, so to speak. Rare? Quite. Dr. Ostro is right this sounds like an anatomic problem requiring an ENT exam. A spirometry with flow-volume loop is also a good idea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi i cannot stop coughing and it is so much that i cough up very salty tasting what looks like water, i have had this cough for 2 weeks, I have asthma?
4yr with asthma been giving breathing treatments every 4 hours as directed, his cough is still continuous non-stop what can I do?
I was hospitalized 2x from singular advised i'm intolerant to most inhalers. Have asthma & cough up thick phlem continuous i want to stop coughing & local drs want me to continue inhalers. Steady 4 yr
Second opinion: Not sure why you would be intolerant of most inhailers. It's not that common. If you're intolerant to the powder used in inhailers, there are other formulations available that can deliver the same medications to your lungs such as nebulized medicines. Also, there are other methods of asthma treatment such as xolair which may be right for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My asthma has been acting up. Every time I cough, I either pee myself or I vomit. Why is this happening and how do I stop it?
Asthma issues: If you are coughing enough to urinate or vomit, you are coughing very hard. Cough is an asthma equivalent, and I would seek medical attention to have it treated. Urination and vomiting are controlled by your parasympathetic nervous system that is being stimulated by the cough. It is quite likely that treating your asthma aggressively will resolve these problems ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dry cough and too much itching inside my chest when i breath.it makes me crazy and cant stop coughing.is this allergie or asthma or what?
Determine cause: Chronic dry cough is most commonly due to 3 conditions: asthma, post-nasal drip, or GERD (heartburn). You might have one or a combination of all three. Post-viral cough is also very common and can last for weeks. Further workup by allergist is helpful as they can perform a more detailed assessment including skin testing and pulmonary function testing. Treatment will depend on cause. ...Read more
I have Asthma and i am coughing badly. i cant stop the cough and i have green phlem and lots of green mucus. Discovery has not responded to me when i asked if they will cover my specialist visit as i had to cancel my appointment in August due to them?
Asthma attack.: An asthma attack requires treatment - at least an inhaler and oral steroid, and maybe an antibiotic. If it’s severe enough, you may even require hospitalization for IV medications and oxygen, although we hope it doesn’t come to that. Is there a local urgent care center or ED that you can visit for an evaluation or treatment? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Last night before bed, i started to cough. Now all day today, i can't stop coughing! no other symptoms besides a ticklish throat. I have asthma & allergies & received a flu shot. What could this be?
Lots of things: Could be asthma, post nasal drip down the back of throat, or a virus, or a way some people present from reflux. If over the counter cough medicines don't help and keeping a cool mist humidifier by your bed, see your doctor(assuming you tried using your asthma medication ). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have very bad asthma and can't stop coughing from a cold. Using prednisone and then steroid inhaler. Also used nebulizer for asthma. Cough medicine over the counter is not helping. Have had issue since Sunday ?
Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatibke with subsegmental atelectasis ? What does this mean , (asthma, coughing and flem , no fever pain in,chest where brocolo area is and hurts to take deep breath s cough for 4 mths that doesnt stop and fl
Poor Asthma Control: Sounds like you have a history of poorly controlled asthma. With 4 months of worsening cough and atelectasis on CXR I would recommend seeing a physician who specializes in managing asthma like an allergist or pulmonologist if not already done so in order to get better control of your symptoms. ...Read more
'asthma cold trigger with dry mouth and throat nont stop cough and trouble breathing during heavy work out how accurate are the finter tip pulse ox for oxygen?
Should work fine: A fingertip pulse oximeter should give an valid reading if it can follow the pulse, which means the reading is valid if the pulse shown on the oximeter matches the patient's actual pulse. One can check on its accuracy by comparing it with other oximeters, such as those at the doctor's office. No machine is perfect, so any oximeter can malfunction... thus beware of unexpected oximeter results. ...Read more
Medication response: Your pediatrician can obtain a good symptoms history from you and can also try some breathing (or oral) medications. Depending on the history and your child's response to medications, your doctor can decide if asthma is likely. Depending on your child's age, a lung test can also help in the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Condition vs symptom: Asthma is a chronic condition marked by episodes of reversible airway tightening. It has a large variation in intensity per patient and frequency of events. There is a significant genetic component. An asthmatic cough just describes the inferred quality/cause of the cough described. ...Read more
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