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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Symptoms of Asthma
My son has bad seasonal allergies. But now he also coughs and has trouble taking in air when he does cough. Should I have him tested for asthma?
Asthma could be a likely explanation for these symptoms. During the pollen season, it is well known that patients suffering with nasal allergies also develop chest tightness, cough, wheezing and other symptoms, often brought on my exercise or inhaled irritating substances. This may or may not represent seasonal asthma triggered by seasonal pollen allergens. Testing by a subspecialist with breathing function tests would be necessary to prove or confirm this suspicion.
David I Bernstein, MD
Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati