What is Cough Variant Asthma?
Cough variant asthma is a form of asthma that presents itself with one sole symptom — coughing. Often confused with other illnesses, learn how our board-certified specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can help treat and manage your condition.
Knowing Your Triggers
Though you may know that you have asthma, you may not know what type of asthma you have. The exact triggers that cause your flare-ups are important to know so that you can avoid them and seek the right treatment plan.
For this form of asthma, the main triggers include allergens, upper respiratory infections, exercise, and breathing cold air. Additionally, a patient that has a cough after taking beta-blockers may have cough variant asthma.
Who’s Most at Risk?
While anyone can form cough variant asthma, young children are most likely to form this condition. Over time, their cough variant symptoms could also lead to a traditional form of asthma with wheezing and trouble breathing.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Cough variant asthma can be hard to diagnose because it typically occurs alongside illnesses such as bronchitis or as part of a postnasal drip. However, your doctor will carefully examine your lungs, listen to your dry cough, and well over a spirometry and X-ray to pinpoint the cause of your condition.
You may be given an asthma inhaler with albuterol, ipratropium, and/or inhaled steroids, and you should see a gradual change in your condition and have fewer coughing attacks over time.
Asthma Treatment in Metro-Atlanta
No matter the cause of your asthma flare-ups, you can trust our board-certified team at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia to help you find relief.
Our highly qualified medical team will work closely with you to develop an individualized care plan which targets your asthma symptoms. Request a same-day or next-day appointment for a Telemedicine or in-office visit at any of our Metro Atlanta locations via phone at (770) 459-0620 or online via our contact form.