If a person experiences any of the common symptoms of asthma—such as shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, or wheezing—they should obtain a professional asthma screening as soon as possible. It’s important to understand, however, that not all types of asthma are the same. Cough-variant asthma is a form of asthma that is characterized primarily by chronic coughing. Here are some facts you should know about this type of asthma.
What is cough-variant asthma?
People who have cough-variant asthma suffer from a dry cough. Unlike the coughing that is associated with many upper respiratory infections, dry coughing doesn’t produce any mucus. It is simply a hacking cough that may leave your throat feeling irritated and sore. For many people with cough-variant asthma, coughing is the only noticeable symptom.
What triggers cough-variant asthma?
Cough-variant asthma may be brought on by typical asthma triggers such as cold, dry air or pollen. Many people find that they experience severe dry coughing when they exercise. It’s also very common to experience the coughing at night.
Can cough-variant asthma lead to classic asthma?
In many cases, people who have cough-variant asthma do go on to exhibit other asthma symptoms. Cough-variant asthma has also been linked to allergic rhinitis and other respiratory disorders.
Who is most likely to get cough-variant asthma?
While cough-variant asthma can happen to anybody, children are most vulnerable to it. Since many children go on to develop classic asthma, it’s important to be alert to the early symptoms. If your child has a chronic dry cough, you should speak with an asthma specialist.
If you’re struggling to cope with your asthma, contact the team at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . Our practice serves people who are living with allergies and asthma in Lansdale, Collegeville, Pottstown, Jenkintown, Doylestown, King of Prussia, Blue Bell, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To schedule an appointment, call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2.