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Son has dry deep cough a lot last 3 winters persistent had 1 allergic react?On last spring could it be ashtmatic no other symptoms how best to treat
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Cough varient
There are milder variations of "asthma" that may emerge at any age and show up only as cough.
Wheezing may never occur. For these kids asthma meds are helpful in eliminating the cough while traditional cough meds may do nothing or worsten the sx. Your dr may be able to show subtile changes in pulmonary function tests. I've lived with cough varient asthma for decades while sis had a fullblown case.

In brief: Cough varient
There are milder variations of "asthma" that may emerge at any age and show up only as cough.
Wheezing may never occur. For these kids asthma meds are helpful in eliminating the cough while traditional cough meds may do nothing or worsten the sx. Your dr may be able to show subtile changes in pulmonary function tests. I've lived with cough varient asthma for decades while sis had a fullblown case.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
4 doctors agree
In brief: It may be asthma
Persistent dry coughing may indicate constriction of the airways.
There is a history of allergic reactions which place your son at higher risk for asthma. Your doctor can perform a lung function test with and without a bronchodilator to determine the response.

In brief: It may be asthma
Persistent dry coughing may indicate constriction of the airways.
There is a history of allergic reactions which place your son at higher risk for asthma. Your doctor can perform a lung function test with and without a bronchodilator to determine the response.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Asthma is likely
Treatment depends on age and severity of symptoms.
Options include inhalers, pills or nebulized medicines (liquid that is misted, then inhaled). Ask your physician about what is the best approach. If he has a rescue inhaler like proventil (albuterol) and needs it daily, then inhaled steroids daily are the treatment of choice. Best of luck!

In brief: Asthma is likely
Treatment depends on age and severity of symptoms.
Options include inhalers, pills or nebulized medicines (liquid that is misted, then inhaled). Ask your physician about what is the best approach. If he has a rescue inhaler like proventil (albuterol) and needs it daily, then inhaled steroids daily are the treatment of choice. Best of luck!
Dr. James Cunnar
Dr. James Cunnar
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Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possible
But there are also other causes for dry cough with the most common ones being post-nasal drips (from allergic rhinitis) and sinus infection.
He needs a lung function test to tell if he has asthma.

In brief: Possible
But there are also other causes for dry cough with the most common ones being post-nasal drips (from allergic rhinitis) and sinus infection.
He needs a lung function test to tell if he has asthma.
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu
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