Asthma is a complex inflammatory reaction that occurs in the airway and lungs leading to cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing. There are advances in the care of this condition and most of the time; asthmatics do very well with the treatments available to us. There are many types of asthma and can affect people of all ages. Sometimes asthma is as a result of allergies, and therefore an allergy evaluation and treatment can be very helpful.
There are numerous causes of cough that are not related to asthma including common colds or bronchitis. For instance, a runny nose or sinusitis can result in excessive mucous production and post-nasal drip and can lead to cough. Interestingly, cough may be a symptom of silent causes such as non-symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease known as ‘GERD’ or ‘reflux’. However, it is important to recognize that cough may be a sign of a more serious disease that needs to be addressed by your physician, especially when it has lasted longer than what you would expect with a common cold.