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How is cough variant asthma diagnosed?

How is cough variant asthma diagnosed?

See below: Generally, if you have a persistent cough that has not resolved after possible antibiotic treatment for infections, meds for reflux, etc., but does resolve after talking a short acting bronchodilator like albuterol, then the action of the bronchodilator may have worked and thus cough variant asthma is possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is 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 breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...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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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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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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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 it likely for an adult to suddenly develop cough variant asthma?

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

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Can you tell me things to keep in mind about cough variant asthma?

Can you tell me things to keep in mind about cough variant asthma?

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

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What over-the-counter drugs will treat symptoms associated with cough variant asthma?

What over-the-counter drugs will treat symptoms associated with cough variant asthma?

None: You need to see your doctor regarding this. Many people with cough-variant asthma actually needs a controller drug such as low-dose inhaled steroid or singulair (montelukast) to control the cough. Cough medicine is not recommended. ...Read more

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Is cough variant asthma driven by inflammation? My child's is chronic but is worse in fall/winter?

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

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My child was diagnosed with cough variant asthma but is it more driven by inflammation vs a regular ?

My child was diagnosed with cough variant asthma but is it more driven by inflammation vs a regular ?

No...: Cough variant asthma means that the inflammation and bronchospasm results in coughing as the predominant symptom instead of wheezing. Other than that, cough variant asthma is still asthma. ...Read more

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