I've recently read about coughing asthma from other sites. I learned that not all asthmatics wheeze and that some cough, which is my problem. However, I would like a better understanding of coughing asthma and whether it fits my profile. Also, is it a term that all doctors understand or is it fairly new? I read that those who suffer it, don't always seem like typical asthmatics.
Following a cold, flu or even during heavy periods of mold (damp/high humidity), I get a cough so violent that I cannot work. Episodes last up to 3 minutes, usually ending with a mouthful of frothy, white sputum. They leave me exhausted and are so intense I sometimes vomit. X-rays are always negative and my last oxygen level test showed 98%. I read that all of these are consistent with coughing asthma. I have not had a spirometry test recently, but I usually do somewhat poorly on these during such periods.
I learned that mold counts have been high with temps above freezing. I am on 10 mg Zyrtec (good for mold allergies), xopenex (nebulizer), azmacort, Humibid. There has been slight improvement, but I know from experience it usually takes a steroid dosepak to finally nip it.
What else do we know about coughing asthma and treatment. I do know that dosepaks that start with 6 pills and work down are good for the first 3 days, then it starts to come back as the dose goes down. I've had better luck when on a steroid for a longer time period. Thanks