I'm asking for my mom My mom had childhood asthma

Patient

Q: I'm asking for my mom. My mom had childhood asthma and hasn't had an attack in 17 years. In the last week or 2, during 20 min into aerobic workout, she gets a tickle in her throat when she inhales and she can't take a deep breath without coughing. Is this asthma or could this be something else? Thank you

Doctor

A:   Hello
Welcome to Ask The Doctor.

She seems to be have developed an Acute Reflux cough during the workout.
In case, it was transient, then Reflux cough is more likely but if that is still persisting then Exercise Induced Asthma is a possibility.
ln such scenario, if she still has cough or breathlessness, I advise:
1. Hemogram with ESR
2. ECG
3. Chest Xray
If the Chest Xray and these blood investigations show no sign of infection then, you would be treated for Allergic cough.
Initially, you would be treated with a combination of Levocetirizine and Montelukast.
But your doctor will examine your chest for any wheezes/spasm.
In such scenario, your doctor would prescribe you inhalers containing bronchi dilators like Salbutamol.
You might also require short dose of Steroid inhaler like Budesonide.
Share my opinion with your doctor before acting upon it.

I hope it helps.
Stay Healthy

Related Q&A

Q: Need prescription refill, i ran out of my proair inhaler and need a new one, the weather has made my chest extra tigh...

Q: My chest feels like someone is pushing right in the middle. It hurts and I'm finding it painful to breathe. This has ...

Q: I wake up not being able to breath and i have to kinda gasp for air and afterward i have a tightness in my chest plea...

Q: I have asthma since childhood and using medicines since long time. Until recently i have no issues with my asthma and...

Q: I have a chronic cough. Before I start the cough my back gets really itchy. Every time. And then I need an inhaler....

MOST DOCTOR RECOMMENDATIONS
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews