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How To Treat Cough Variant Asthma
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
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
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
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
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
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
Is cough variant asthma driven by inflammation? My child's is chronic but is worse in fall/winter?
Yes: As stated above, asthma involves inflammation of the airways and subsequent spasm and narrowing causing cough and/or wheezing. Allergies can definitely trigger asthma symptoms in some children, so an antihistamine such as Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec is worth a try. Asthma can also be triggered by cold weather and viral illnesses such as colds. Talk to your pediatrician about what options are best. ...Read more
My child was diagnosed with cough variant asthma but is it more driven by inflammation vs a regular?
Dear sir I am having chronic cough for past years here they finally diagnosed couhh variant asthma. What should I do now. Its not settling easily?
Cough and asthma: Some people with asthma only have a cough and not the wheezing that the others get. There is a chance that you could progress to the standard form of asthma. With treatment the cough can improve. Usually the treatment. Is similar to other asthma treatments. Good luck feel better! ...Read more
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
My son has cough for the past two months, it gets worst when he runs, his dr said its cough variant asthma, but he still got the cough?
Is it safe to use steriod tablets for 1 to 2 weeks on periodic basis if one has severe cough variant asthma? Or will it still cause many side effects?
Steroid use for resp:
Steroid use in respiratory problems is routine medical therapy. I should be regulated by your medical provider, so hopefully it won't become chronic usage, which definately has many side effects.
Beta2 agonists ie albuterol are still the basic meds for asthma type problems.
Steroid are a secondary adjunct and do carry complications if used too frequently. ...Read more
Asthma vs. Rad my son has cough variant asthma, he never wheezes during an attack, just coughs violently and uncontrolably. He recently has had this cough for the past week that he just can't shake. It get really bad in the first thing in mornings and at
Kids: Kids do not have to wheeze to have asthma, as you have indicated that your son has cough variant asthma. The Flovent and ventolin are appropriate management from your physician. I am not sure what the urgent care physician was treating with the amoxicillin. Antibiotics are not used to treat wheezing or cough variant asthma or rad (simply meaning the airways react/narrow to stimulus such as infections, exercise, or allergies). Was the physician concerned about a bacterial infection? In that case the antibiotic would be appropriate. ...Read more
I've late onset asthma cough variant since 2009. It is under control with inhaler use. My blood test shows 8 percent eisonophilis. Is it high?
Slightly: There is a test called FeNO which is used in some Allergy offices. A positive test is a marker for activated eosinophils in the airway. Depending on the frequency and severity of your symptoms, an inhaled steroid may be indicated. ...Read more
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?
What is cough variant asthma? And do you prefer dry powder inhalers or metered dose inhalers for albuterol treatment of this condition? Which is Better
Cough variant asthma: Is type of asthma where cough is the most salient symptom, dry cough, but still have other asthma signs, at times it might be the only symptom and hard to diagnose. As for the albuterol form: whichever works, so long it is taken in the right way and produces the desired effect, but albuterol is just a quick fix, you need comprehensive treatment as any other asthmatic, see an allergist/pulmonol ...Read more
My son has cough variant asthma when he gets a cold, it usually progresses. Otherwise he does well once it starts, he takes albuterol (wit flovent).?
Cough is a very common sign of asthma and colds (viral infection) are the most common trigger for kids under 2 yr.
To prevent progression, I have found starting/increasing the Flovent early in the cold may prevent progression. This should be outlined on the written asthma action plan. Consider using a peak flow meter to monitor and use albuterol for symptom relief. Hope to avoid prednisone. ...Read more
For cough variant asthma, my 7yr old was prescribed flovent 2xday, albuterol as needed side effects?
Some: Flovent is a cortisone type inhaler. Make sure to the child rinses his/her mouth after use since steroids may cause throat infections. Albuterol- rescue inhaler- may cause a little excitability, gitteriness, etc. Since the child is 7, make sure to use a spacer since hand-inhaling coordination is important to get drugs into the lungs. ...Read more
My cough variant asthma always flares up when I come down with a cold. So, is it safe for me to combine OTC cold meds with albuterol and pulmicort?
Use as directed: I assume you normally use pulmocort as a maintenance med and albbuterol as rescue--when you have a cold/flare up, use of albuterol may need to be increased for a short time. Otc cold meds can be used as directed in combo with your medications, but if symptoms not better or worsen after 3-5 days, I suggest consulting doc for eval/additional treatment etc... Good luck. ...Read more
Can I use inhalor [clenil] and sometimes salbutamol while using gabapentin given for cough variant asthma? Cough was not going away, I ve bronciectasis
Bronchiectasis: Yes, you may use this combination. Antibiotics should also be a part of your regimen. ...Read more
Probably yes: A child who has big tonsils in the throat and big adenoids, with bad allergy symptoms, likely coughs on and off, has trouble breathing through the nose, and at night has trouble sleeping due to snoring. Taking the tonsils and adenoids out, along with using steroid nasal sprays in the nose, may make his life a great deal smoother (sleeps better, coughs less, breathes easier through the nose). ...Read more
Yes: Allergic rhinitis & enlarged tonsils may interfere with normal nasal breathing resulting in congestion (nasal stuffiness) & mouth breathing. Complications include snoring, hoarseness, bad breath, sleep apnea, sleep disturbances, malocclusion of the teeth, and other anatomic distortions of the mouth. Mouth breathing worsens asthma because of inhalation of relatively cold, dryer air into the lungs. ...Read more
I've been diagnosed with cough-variant asthma, clear Xray and ECG. It presents primarily on the left side with wet cough and tightness. Is this normal?
No: No cough, perfect health is normal. Cough variant asthma is more common than the public understands, though. Assuming the diagnosis is correct, resist the urge to "throw antibiotics at it" and instead I hope your doctor is prescribing beta-agonists (Albuterol), inhaled steroids (Flovent, etc), and maybe other adjuctive meds. If no improvement in a few weeks, follow up with your Dr. ...Read more
Cough variant asthma. Also itchy and breathless. Tried telfast, benadryl, piriton, serratide. Doc closed. Take Alvesco, (ciclesonide) salbuair or ventolin?
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I've cough variant asthama from 2009.It's under control with medication. Recent blood tests show 8 percent eisonophilis. Is this high? Cough is more.
I already had 6 days cough, and I still don't get better even I'm taking medications and im afraid it triggers my asthma if can't be treated. Help!?
It may trigger!:
Good evening, juliean
respiratory infections can trigger an asthma attack. Most respiratory infections are due to some viral infections, in which case you will get better without any antibiotics. Bacterial infections which require an antibiotic usually make you feel feverish. An aggressive treatment of symptoms of asthma such as use of inhalers may prevent triggering an asthma attack. ...Read more
My mum keeps on coughing all the time. She says she has asthma, but she doesn't have an inhaler. How else can she treat the cough?
Need proper diagnosi:
Most people think shortness of breath is the only sign of asthma. Many times a constant cough is present (as may be in your Mom). Of course, getting tested and treated with both a rescue and controller inhaler may be the answer. Get her tested and treated.
GOOD LUCK ...Read more
4 yr old has had chronic cough for 12wks+.Has been diagnosed & is treated for acid reflux & asthma. Also diagnose w/ lrg tonsils/adenoids. Cause 4cough?
All of those: Cough is a symptom of "something" and in a 4 year old, things such as acid reflux, asthma, nasal allergies, and chronic infection (chronic tonsillitis for example) can cause this. Treatments for each are different and often, these things can occur together. If the treatments for reflux, asthma, and allergies are not working, you should see an ENT to get an opinion about the tonsils and. Adenoids. ...Read more