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Can coughing without wheezing be asthma?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Sanders
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
There is a condition known as cough variant asthma.

In brief: Yes
There is a condition known as cough variant asthma.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Dr. Michael Sanders
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Dr. Duane Gels
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely
Particularly true in youngsters, especially following exercise.
Inflammation in the airways lowers the tendency for cough due to a variety of factors: smoke, odors, particles (dust), hot or cold air, and others. You can measure hyper-reactive airways by a methacholine challenge test, which helps identify when cough is due to asthma. Easier way: see if cough gets better with a rescue medication.

In brief: Absolutely
Particularly true in youngsters, especially following exercise.
Inflammation in the airways lowers the tendency for cough due to a variety of factors: smoke, odors, particles (dust), hot or cold air, and others. You can measure hyper-reactive airways by a methacholine challenge test, which helps identify when cough is due to asthma. Easier way: see if cough gets better with a rescue medication.
Dr. Duane Gels
Dr. Duane Gels
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes...
Some patients with asthma have a cough instead of a wheeze.
This is called cough-variant asthma and patients are treated like asthmatics who wheeze. The cough is due to bronchospasm and inflammation characteristic of all asthma.

In brief: Yes...
Some patients with asthma have a cough instead of a wheeze.
This is called cough-variant asthma and patients are treated like asthmatics who wheeze. The cough is due to bronchospasm and inflammation characteristic of all asthma.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Michael Ekizian
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
Asthma has no hard and fast definition.
A history of intermittent symptoms typical of asthma (coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath) plus the finding on physical examination of characteristic musical wheezing strongly point to a diagnosis of asthma. Patients with asthma may have only cough. Furthermore, wheezing can be seen in illnesses other than asthma.

In brief: Yes
Asthma has no hard and fast definition.
A history of intermittent symptoms typical of asthma (coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath) plus the finding on physical examination of characteristic musical wheezing strongly point to a diagnosis of asthma. Patients with asthma may have only cough. Furthermore, wheezing can be seen in illnesses other than asthma.
Dr. Michael Ekizian
Dr. Michael Ekizian
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