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Monday, December 9, 2013
Relieving Symptoms of Cough Variant Asthma
Our 2 year old son has recently been diagnosed with cough variant ashtma. He had a bad bout with symptoms just two weeks ago and was given oral prednisone for 5 days. He is on daily singulair, zyrtec, flovent, and (as needed) Xopenex. The Prednisone (the second time in two months)took his cough away, but now only a week and a half later the cough is back. Is there anything that I can do to give him relief? He does have a runny nose with the cough this time...
Cough variant asthma is a disease that needs to be treated like "regular" asthma. If you are not getting proper control, you need to talk to your physician about other causes (reflux, viral infection, vocal cord dysfunction). Sometimes cough is caused by post-nasal drainage which may be allergic. The best way to relieve the symptoms is to talk with your doctor about improving asthma control.
David Hauswirth, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Pulmonary, Allergy, Crtitical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University