Asthma with cough - how to get rid of this?

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   Posted 8/5/2015 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello. It has been a month since I had a mild respiratory infection. I did 2 rounds of antibiotics and my fever went away. I felt better. However, I am still coughing. My doctor prescribed extra Dulera (corticosteroid) to take 2x daily. But still, I have been coughing daily. I am out of shape and I’ve been trying to do extra walking each day but more than that - I cough a lot more. Anyone have allergic and exercise induced asthma with cough? I usually have this cough for 3 to 6 months out of the year thus everyone thinks I'm sick at work all the time. I would really love to get rid of this thing!! Anyone else have this too?

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   Posted 8/5/2015 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
My 'traditional" asthma has changed to 'cough variant' asthma in the last 18 months. I have been coughing (a deep, unstoppable, racking cough)a great deal. Some days I am so weak from the cough that I spend most of the day in bed or the lounge chair. The docs have tried all kinds of inhalers, different kinds of steroids, "new" medications, etc. I've been to Duke Medical center and seen the premier doc on bronchial thermoplasty. So far tussigon ( a synthetic codeine) and tessalon and albuterol in pill form are the only things that have helped to control the cough a little. Singulair is supposed to be sovereign for asthma induced cough, so if you haven't tried that ask your doctor. I had been on it for so long (more than 20 years) that it stopped helping me. I"m going bac to Duke next month (if they'll get it scheduled) to see their cough variant asthma team , hoping they will suggest something or say the thermoplasty might help.
Good luck!

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   Posted 8/5/2015 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I go through periods where I will cough for weeks or months, followed by periods of relative "coughing calm," although I always deal with allergies and coughing triggers that may make me cough for a day or two. I have a very difficult time recovering from an upper respiratory infection, and this summer, I have been coughing all day every day since early June. The mold/pollen season has been horrific for me this summer. If I were to try to exercise right now, I would probably end up in the hospital.

There are a lot of things you can try. Dulera is an inhaled corticosteroid/long acting beta agonist (I think) , and it goes straight to the lungs. But sometimes, when you are in an asthma flare, which it sounds like you may be, systemic steroids may be called for to get you over the hump. I have been off and on prednisone (in addition to a daily inhaled corticosteroid, Asmanex) all summer. I cannot take a long acting beta agonist, but I do use a rescue inhaler (which is more of a short acting beta agonist/bronchodilator) called ProAir HFA. This is what I use in the middle of an attack. Do you have a rescue inhaler? I know some doctors prescribe a couple of puffs of one of these before exercise in people with exercise induced asthma.

I take antihistamines every day, Allegra in the mornings and often Benadryl or another Allegra at night. I can't tolerate Zyrtec, and I'm thinking of trying Claritin just to see. Again, I don't know if I could function without the antihistamines, since my asthma is directly related to allergies.

I've just started on another inhaler, which is an anticholergenic/bronchodilator. It helps widen the airways (just not as quickly as a rescue inhaler), and it has an additional medicine that helps dry up the mucus that is adding to the cough. I'm hoping to just use this short term.

Flonase helps with my post nasal drip which, again, is caused by allergies and triggers coughing.

Have you ever been tested for GERD? Just a thought, but there seems to be a connection between GERD and asthma for a lot of people, even if they don't feel heartburn. I take meds for that too, and I elevated the head of my bed on risers (about 6 inches) which has helped tremendously at night.

Well that's my story, lol. I have a great deal of trouble with allergies/asthma pretty much all of the time, although I do tend to have asthma flares, which, unfortunately, I'm in the middle of too right now.

I'm not a doctor, and can only go by my own experiences, but it seems to me that there are other treatments you could try. There are also allergy shots and something called Xolair injections (which I'm debating on trying). Do you have an allergist? In my experience, my allergist has been much more willing and able to treat my asthma than just my regular primary care doc. He just doesn't have the expertise that she does.

I hope things get better for you soon. It know how miserable it can be.

Edited: I just read worriedabouthubby's response, and I agree about the tessalon and codeine. I used both after a bout with bronchitis last year and both were helpful. The tessalon (benzonatate) pills helped some with very few side effects, but it did take codeine cough syrup to help me sleep. And I've never heard of thermoplasty. I just read about it, and it sounds promising.

Post Edited (AustenFan) : 8/5/2015 7:12:59 AM (GMT-6)

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