Frequent coughing or a chronic cough are common signs of asthma that can appear without the other well-known asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing. Dr. Evelyn Tolston at Allergy Asthma and Immunology on Madison encourages you to come in for an evaluation when you develop any sign of asthma, so that you can receive expert treatment to reduce asthma attacks. If you have questions about your symptoms, or you’d like to schedule an appointment, call the office in Midtown East, New York City, or use the online booking feature.
Asthma is a chronic condition in which the airways in your lungs become hypersensitive and inflamed. When you have an asthma attack, three things happen that narrow your airways and make it hard to breathe:
Once you develop asthma, your airways remain inflamed, which makes you more susceptible to future asthma attacks.
Although each patient has their own group of asthma triggers, some of the most common include:
Physical activity is another common trigger. It’s estimated that 90% of all patients with asthma experience exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. Dr. Tolston can help you stay active with proper treatment.
Allergic asthma is the most common type of asthma. You have allergic asthma when your asthma is triggered by allergies. Although allergic asthma is usually due to airborne substances, such as pollen, the allergens that trigger skin or food allergies can also cause asthma.
The symptoms of asthma include:
When your cough is due to asthma, you won’t get relief from an over-the-counter cough medicine.
If you have cough-variant asthma, the only symptom you’ll develop is a dry, chronic cough. This type of asthma, which is more common in children, is often triggered by allergies.
Following a comprehensive review of your medical history and a physical exam, Dr. Tolston determines whether you have asthma by performing lung function tests in the office.
When allergic asthma is suspected, Dr. Tolston also determines your specific allergens with allergy testing. Immunotherapy to treat your allergies will also significantly improve your asthma.
When you have asthma, it’s important to identify your triggers so that you can avoid them as much as possible. Medical treatments for asthma include:
Quick-relief medications are delivered via an inhaler or by using a device called a nebulizer, which converts your medication into a fine mist that you can inhale. This treatment is used to quickly open your airways during an asthma attack.
Dr. Tolston may prescribe daily medication to reduce inflammation in your airways, keep your asthma under control, and prevent future flare-ups.
When you experience difficulty breathing, or you develop wheezing or a cough, call Allergy Asthma and Immunology on Madison or book an appointment online.