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Coughing and Asthma

07/07/2003

Question:

Hi, I have been coughing for the past two weeks. I fear that I might possibly have asthma, because my caughs are loud, dry, and sometimes painful. I have no other unhealthy symptoms. So do you think I should set an appointment with my doctor to check this out...or is it just a cough that will soon pass? Please write back.

Answer:

Asthma is just one of many causes of cough, and it would be difficult to make an accurate diagnosis without more detailed information and a physical exam. Since the cough is still bothersome for you after 2 weeks, I would suggest that you be evaluated by your physician. 

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Response by:

Dennis   McGraw, MD Dennis McGraw, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati