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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is cough variant asthma?

A type of asthma where the main symptom is a persistent dry cough. This is due to the airways being highly sensitive and overreacting to foreign substances. The underlying cause is unclear but involves genetics. There are many triggers for asthma flares, including smoke, pollen, dust mite droppings, cold weather, exercise and viral infections.

Symptoms related to cough variant asthma

  • Cough that is worse at night

  • Breathlessness or cough worst at night or early morning

  • Cough

  • Common cold or stomach flu symptoms before the fever appeared

  • Bouts of violent coughing

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Dry cough

  • Phlegm

Questions your doctor may ask to check for cough variant asthma

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose cough variant asthma

  • Is your cough worse at night?

  • Do you have cough or shortness of breath at night or when you wake up in the morning?

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Did you experience any common cold or stomach flu symptoms before your current fever appeared?

  • Do you have coughing fits?

Treatment for cough variant asthma

Asthma is treated by avoiding triggers, using "rescue" inhalers when attacks happen and "preventive" inhalers. The doctor may prescribe inhalers for different purposes (prevention and rescue). Other types of inhalers and tablets can be added to improve control. Severe attacks can be life threatening and will need emergency medical care.

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References

  • Uryasjev MO, Ponomareva IV, Bhar M, Glotov SI. [The cough variant asthma]. Ter Arkh. 2020 Apr 27;92(3):98-101. Russian. doi: 10.26442/00403660.2020.03.000404. PMID: 32598800.

    https://ter-arkhiv.ru/0040-3660/article/view/33917

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