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Eisaku Kamakura, MD (Pulmonology)

Dr. Kamakura graduated from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, School of Dentistry, and the Niigata University School of Medicine. He trained at Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital and held positions in the Respiratory Medicine departments at Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Ome City General Hospital, and Musashino Red Cross Hospital. In 2021, he became the specially appointed assistant professor at the Department of General Medicine, Niigata University School of Medicine.

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What is Cough Variant Asthma?

A kind of asthma with the main symptom being a constant dry cough. This occurs because the airways are very sensitive and overreact to foreign substances. The root cause is unclear but involves genetics. Many triggers for asthma flare-ups exist, including smoke, pollen, dust mite droppings, cold weather, exercise, and viral infections.

Typical Symptoms of Cough Variant Asthma

  • Cough worsens with exercise

  • Discharge of yellow or green sputum.

  • Bouts of violent coughing

  • Breathlessness or cough worst at night or early morning

  • Barking cough; like a seal or a dog

  • Allergies other than to food, metal or drugs

  • Family history of Asthma, Eczema, Allergic rhinitis or Allergic conjunctivitis

  • Cough that is worse at night

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Cough Variant Asthma

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Does your cough get worse with exercise?

  • Do you have yellow or green sputum?

  • Do you cough frequently?

  • Do you cough or have difficulty breathing at night or when waking up?

  • Do you have a barking cough like a seal or a dog?

Treatmentof Cough Variant Asthma

Asthma is treated by avoiding triggers, using "rescue" inhalers during attacks, and "preventive" inhalers. The doctor may prescribe different inhalers for different purposes (prevention and rescue). Other types of inhalers and tablets can be added to improve control. In cases of Severe and Uncontrolled Asthma, biologic therapies should also be considered, which are targeted medications that address specific immune system pathways and reduce inflammation in the airways. Severe attacks can be life-threatening and require emergency medical care. Doctors who specialize in treating patients with asthma are called allergists and pulmonologists.

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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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Reviewed By:

Phillip Aguila, MD, MBA

Phillip Aguila, MD, MBA (Pulmonology, Critical Care)

Dr. Aguila graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine. He has trained in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Internal Medicine at Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He has served as Assistant Professor since 2010.

Eisaku Kamakura, MD

Eisaku Kamakura, MD (Pulmonology)

Dr. Kamakura graduated from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, School of Dentistry, and the Niigata University School of Medicine. He trained at Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital and held positions in the Respiratory Medicine departments at Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Ome City General Hospital, and Musashino Red Cross Hospital. In 2021, he became the specially appointed assistant professor at the Department of General Medicine, Niigata University School of Medicine.

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