About Chronic Coughing
Symptoms of asthma usually include chronic cough, shortness of breath,wheezing and chest tightness. These can be present in both patients who juststarted to experience symptoms of asthma and for those whose asthma is notcontrolled well by the medications.
Cough is developed as the defense mechanism of the human body, and in mostcases this is the way your body is fighting against something like infection orthe mucus. Also, by coughing your body might try to expel some foreign materialthat got into your body. Chronic cough that lasts for more than 3 weeks must betaken care of. In most cases, if the patient is not smoking, it happens in somemedical conditions such as post nasal drip, gastrointestinal reflux disease(GERD) or asthma. Sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, pertusis (whooping cough) andpneumonia are other possible causes of chronic cough, as well as chronicobstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD).
When a person suffering from asthma experiences chronic cough it usuallyhappens at night, and may worsen with cold air or in case of viral infections.Doctors use frequency of these night coughing episodes to determine the successof the applied treatment. Even if you are not diagnosed with asthma, alwaysconsult your doctor when you experience night cough, chest tightness orwheezing. All these symptoms might indicate asthma and your doctor may want torun several tests to properly diagnose the condition you are suffering from.
Apart from experiencing chronic cough for more than 3 weeks, you shouldconsult your doctor if the night coughing causes sleeping problems for you.Visit your doctor if there is some significant amount of pain associated withcoughing or even passing out because of these episodes. Patients who noticethat they cough out some blood should also make an appointment at their doctor’s.
How to Treat Chronic Cough
When you consult your doctor, he or she will certainly want to diagnose yourproblem, and for that they might use different tests, such as X-rays orspirometry, and also ask about your medical conditions and allergies and alsoabout the medications you have been using.
If you are diagnosed with asthma after these medical inquires, your doctormay prescribe different medications to treat symptoms you have. For acutecontrol of chronic cough, doctors usually prescribe: Albuterol, Maxair,Proventil, Ventolin or Xopenex. All these drugs are short acting inhalers andthey will successfully manage your symptoms.
For the treatment of chronic coughing caused by asthma, there are somesteroid medications like: Aerobid, Alvesco, Asmanex, Azmacort, Qvar, Pulmicortor Flovent.