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My son was recommeded nebulizer - albuterol because of congestion. Does frequent congestion mean he could be pre- disposed to asthma?

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Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Congestion

Congestion could be upper airway or lower airway congestion.
If lower airway congestion is associated with wheezing, it could indicate later development of asthma.

In brief: Congestion

Congestion could be upper airway or lower airway congestion.
If lower airway congestion is associated with wheezing, it could indicate later development of asthma.
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Could be

Making a diagnosis of asthma especially in young children can be tricky unless they present with recurrent wheezing and shortness of breath.
Prolonged cough or frequent chest congestion could be an atypical manifestation of relatively mild asthma. I would recommend using albuterol inhalation, 4 times a day faithfully for a few days. Good response to the treatment confirms the suspicion.

In brief: Could be

Making a diagnosis of asthma especially in young children can be tricky unless they present with recurrent wheezing and shortness of breath.
Prolonged cough or frequent chest congestion could be an atypical manifestation of relatively mild asthma. I would recommend using albuterol inhalation, 4 times a day faithfully for a few days. Good response to the treatment confirms the suspicion.
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Dr. Ratna Dhingra
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Could be

FREQUENT CONGESTION AND WHEEZING COULD BE AN INDICATION OF BRONCHIAL REACTIVITY AND ASTHMA.
Watch for signs of wheezing.

In brief: Could be

FREQUENT CONGESTION AND WHEEZING COULD BE AN INDICATION OF BRONCHIAL REACTIVITY AND ASTHMA.
Watch for signs of wheezing.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Maybe

Fully 60-70% of kids with wheezing issues in childhood grow out of it by school age.
Albuterol is an anti-wheezing agent with little if any benefit to congestion. If it helps, there is likely some airway reactivity. Many viral illnesses have a wheezy component. It is also clear that some of these kids will go on to have some form of airway hyper-reactivity as adults.

In brief: Maybe

Fully 60-70% of kids with wheezing issues in childhood grow out of it by school age.
Albuterol is an anti-wheezing agent with little if any benefit to congestion. If it helps, there is likely some airway reactivity. Many viral illnesses have a wheezy component. It is also clear that some of these kids will go on to have some form of airway hyper-reactivity as adults.
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