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What should I do if I cough w mucus for a week already and I have asthma? I take Robitussin (guaifenesin) and it does not seem helping.

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Asthma exacerbation

Coughing, not wheezing, is the most common symptom of asthma.
Mucousy cough especially makes me think asthma or sinusitis. Sinusitis often makes asthma worse. Time to switch to your yellow zone if you have an asthma plan. No plan? Contact your doctor. You need a reliever medication like albuterol, a controller medications like an inhaled steroid, possibly Prednisone & a better plan.

In brief: Asthma exacerbation

Coughing, not wheezing, is the most common symptom of asthma.
Mucousy cough especially makes me think asthma or sinusitis. Sinusitis often makes asthma worse. Time to switch to your yellow zone if you have an asthma plan. No plan? Contact your doctor. You need a reliever medication like albuterol, a controller medications like an inhaled steroid, possibly Prednisone & a better plan.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. William Walsh
Agreed, and don't use robitussin to suppress your cough - it is likely to make things worse. If you are coughing up mucus, it needs to come out. That is unpleasant, but not as bad as not coughing it out.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: See your doctor

You may need antibiotics, bronchodilator (albuterol, for exapmle), a steroid taper (prednisone).
This will depend on your physical exam, oxygen saturation and the gravity of condition.

In brief: See your doctor

You may need antibiotics, bronchodilator (albuterol, for exapmle), a steroid taper (prednisone).
This will depend on your physical exam, oxygen saturation and the gravity of condition.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Cough usually lingers even in those w/out asthma. Sometimes using a steroid inhailer, like QVAR or Flovent may finally kill it.
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