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

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Dr. James Fox
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Treat asthma

Coughing is usually a symptom of uncontrolled asthma with airway muscle spasm, increased mucous production, & narrowed breathing tubes.
Bronchodilators like albuterol provide immediate but temporary relief. Anti-inflammatory meds like inhaled steroids & montelukast control underlying inflammation, the ultimate cause of cough. Pneumonia, sinusitis, & gerd may cause cough & require treatment.

In brief: Treat asthma

Coughing is usually a symptom of uncontrolled asthma with airway muscle spasm, increased mucous production, & narrowed breathing tubes.
Bronchodilators like albuterol provide immediate but temporary relief. Anti-inflammatory meds like inhaled steroids & montelukast control underlying inflammation, the ultimate cause of cough. Pneumonia, sinusitis, & gerd may cause cough & require treatment.
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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Pediatrics - Pulmonology

In brief: Bronchodilators

If it is an acute exacerbation: bronchodilators (albuterol, levalbuterol) by inhalation are needed, given every 4 hours at home (can be given more frequently, but hospital is recommended if needed more often).
Also, oral steroids acutely help with cough in asthma. If cough is a chronic symptom: asthma is poorly controlled and your plan needs to be re-evaluated by your physician for better control.

In brief: Bronchodilators

If it is an acute exacerbation: bronchodilators (albuterol, levalbuterol) by inhalation are needed, given every 4 hours at home (can be given more frequently, but hospital is recommended if needed more often).
Also, oral steroids acutely help with cough in asthma. If cough is a chronic symptom: asthma is poorly controlled and your plan needs to be re-evaluated by your physician for better control.
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