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Coughing and Asthma

I have a constant cough that lasts for months. I had antibiotics and steroids that helped a little when finished. It all came back. I don't sleep, have shortness of breath all the time, and continuously feel fatigued. I can't get rid of the cough.

  1. Hi CMcce4e4, and thanks for your post. I am sorry to hear you are experiencing this
    constant and persistent cough. Are you under the care of a physician? I ask because you were nice enough to
    share that, even after treatment (antibiotics and steroids), the coughing recurs. As well, to be struggling with pervasive
    shortness of breath and fatigue may indicate further assessment and therapy is necessary.
    Do you think it is time to reach out for your physician?
    Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

    1. I had a cough 6 months a year before I knew I had asthma. When the doctor told me to take Singulair at night it was a game changer and felt like a miracle. Even now in the evening if I start to cough it is because I didn't yet take my Singulair. At this point of my journey, I wasn't wheezing, and couldn't figure out why I coughed as I didn't know a cough was associated with asthma. I also have non allergic pharyngitis wich doesn't help. I know your doctor can help!

    2. Hi jud, and thanks for joining in the conversation here. When the doctor (and patient), are able to decide on just-the-right medicine, for one's individual level of disease, the results can be dramatic. This seems to be what happened for you, since you have shared the medication, Singulair, made such a big difference in the management of this disease (asthma), for you.
      You make a good point about coughing - for several diseases, coughing can be a characteristic symptom - it's great to hear that your physician (and you), became aware this was a symptom in your particular case. This truly can be a 'game changer', as you said!
      Keep up the good work!
      Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

  2. Thank you for that. Yes I am back in touch with the doctor. She has requested further blood test and a chest Xray. She has also given me a longer course of antibiotics and new inhaler.
    I am to go back in 3 weeks. So fingers crossed I may improve.

    1. Hi again, CMcce4e4, and thanks for your reply and further explanation. I am so glad to hear you've not only been in contact with your physician, but she has ordered these two diagnostic evaluations (blood work and a chest x-ray), as well as provided a lengthier treatment plan. Like you, I am hopeful this evaluation and regimen will gain better control over the persistent symptoms and you will begin to feel better.
      Please do check back and keep us apprised of your progress.
      Warm regards,
      Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

  3. , I am heart to hear about your issues. I think You should need to consult your doctor again because these symptoms can anytime reverse your life. I also suggest you go with telehealth. Through telehealth, you can get better evaluations and medication from your home comfort. My father faced asthma problems. He had good from asthma some years back, but some time ago asthma symptoms came back into his life. My father consulted with a doctor through telehealth Ongo Care. Now he is on medication and has some control over asthma symptoms. Now If he wants any help from a doctor, can easily connect with him through video calls and get advice for reducing the symptoms of asthma. So I suggest you, consult with your primary doctor or any other health professional who understands your condition and can give you treatment in a good way.

    1. Hi stacy, and thanks so much for lending your own encouragement and support here with the community. It means a lot to us. We also appreciate you sharing the experiences of your dad's and what worked so well for him.
      We value your input and your feedback.
      All the best,
      Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

  4. Thank you so much for your advice. I am now feeling better after the Antibiotics. Still waiting to see the doctor again for test results. I am hoping that all is clear. Still have a small cough in the morning but I can live with that.
    Thanks again
    Val

    1. So glad you're doing better now, Val! Let us know what you find out from the doctor. Fingers crossed for you! -Melissa, asthma.net team

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