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Daughter coughing non stop - asthma?

Hello

My now 10 year old daughter had a virus during the summer, lost her voice cooughing lots. When her voice came back it was very deep and croaky, then back to normal.

She has been constantly coughing since!

One GP said it was post nasal drip as she felt "stuff" dripping down the back of her throat.

Another said it may be asthma or allergies.

When she wakes up, her voice is very croaky.

She does not cough at all while asleep.

GP gave us a peak flow meter to use. As her results were pretty consistent, 230 - 250 he said she does not have asthma.

He gave her a nasal spray, Beclometasasone. This has made her cough worse.

Chest xray was normal.

Im at my wits end - I hate hearing her cough all the time.

ANy ideas please?

Thank you x

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my son is 15 years old, he been coughing since November, they're saying cough variant asthma, no medication is working, please look at my other posts. Hope your find out whats wrong with your daughter soon, my son is seeing a consultant on the 28th been a long wait.x

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Hello

im sorry to hear about your son's coughing.

I'll look at your previous posts.

Thank you xx

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please let me know if your daughter as had same medication, or symptoms as my son. Thanks Nicola. Xx

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Hello

Im just reading your posts - how frustrating for you both!

My GP said no to asthma as no wheezing!

Ive been reading about cough variant asthma. Interesting!

My daughter says her throat constantly tickles, sometimes she has post nasal drip. Cold weather makes her cough more, exercise too, running up the stairs makes her breathless. No tightness in her chest though.

We are back to the GP tomorrow and he said if the nasal spray does not work, he will refer us to the hospital. Now that will be a long wait! Just to see a general paed!

Im going to ask if she can try some sort of inhaler.

x

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she sounds like my son, inhalers do nothing but from what I've read, you need to have steroids tablets to get it under control first, then preventer inhaler to keep it under control, I hope gp gives you a steroid inhaler to try, please let me know how she is. Have you tried allergy tablets? Xx

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Hello

My GP did give some antiallergy tablets but didn't use them.

How is your son now?

x

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still coughing, with pain in his chest come the evening and breathlessness, he's had a trial of rainitidine for reflux they did nothing,

is your daughters cough, a dry hacking one that's constant ?

does it keep her awake ?

does she have chest pain ?

the antiallergy tablets, will work really quick if its an allergy, my older son take them, they keep his asthma under control.

worth a try 😀 xx

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Hello

Poor boy xx

What is the next step for him?

She does not cough at all at night during her sleep - I find this etremely weird.

It is a pathetic dry small cough. Tickly throat making her cough. It's all day.

There is no chest pain.

I dont want to give the antiallergy tablets as we have Brugada Syndrome in the family and there is a long list of medications that should not be taken. Its a heart electrical problem.

I, myself, have awful anxiety and am so worried.

What is your son's peak flow like?

x

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aww right, my son has that tickle in the back of his throat too, hope gp does something today. Xx

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My dd had a persistent cough a few years back and was given montelukast for a month which seemed to resolve it. Her cough was worse on a night though.

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Hello Butterfly

What is Montelukast?

Did you ever find out why your daughter was coughing so much?

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It's a tablet given to asthmatics as a step up medication, although my daughter doesn't have asthma.

Her cough followed on from cold if I remember rightly, just the cough never went away until a month of this tablet

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Hello Butterfly

Wow! That's what my daughter has - an annoying cough after a virus.

xx

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Hello lizvic sorry to hear this, does she cough anything up? I ask this as My sister was the same,, now don’t take this the wrong way, but we found that it was s nervous cough and it was a nightmare as she constantly coughed and then sniffed. Also if she has been coughing a lot with her virus is she just clearing her throat and got used to doing it

If they don’t find anything medical it could be worth checking that. I don’t know your daughter so there could be certain triggers. Hope she gets better.

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Hello Suspect1

Thank you for replying.

She doesn't cough anything up - I did wonder if it's a habit now, especially as she doesnt cough during her sleep.

I must say since trying the nasal spray, her coughing is worse.

We've got the GP later this afternoon.

Did your sister have any tests?

xx

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Hello

The GP has given her an inhaler and we have an appointment at the local hospital in May x

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Hi, what inhaler did gp give ? Hope it works for her 🤞 did he check her chest ?

My sons is always clear, pf is always good when they do it, yet he his symptomatic! Xx

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Hello

Her chest is always clear.

She has the brown inhaler with a spacer.

How is your son?

Does the cold damp weather make things worse for him?

xx

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change in weather and smells make it worst.

glad he gave her an inhaler to try hope it work. Xx

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Hi

I'll let you know how she gets on.

I can't wait for better weather - it's been pouring here.

xx

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yeah me too.

A cold snap seem to be on the way again!

That will really help! 😠

we're in wales mostly raining here lol.

All the changes in season, seem to affect him. Xx

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hi lizvic, how's your daughter doing? X

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Hello

Sorry I didnt see this notification.

Well she is still coughing - but I wonder how long it takes for her steroid nasal spray to leave her body as this made the cough much worse. Also, her brother has had a cold and cough and maye she has picked this up? She will have been on the brown inhaler for 2 weeks on Monday.

People on Facebook say it takes 2 weeks to start working and others say 6 weeks. I don't know what to believe.

How is your son?

Thank you for asking - that's really sweet of you.

Liz x

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I’m hope the inhaler helps ease it at least. Stupid question but has she tried swallowing a spoonful of honey a day? It might help a dry cough. Doctors shouldn’t say she doesn’t have asthma based on a wheeze or lack of, but her peak flow seems good which suggests no asthma. Hope she gets some relief x

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Hello Carriejen

Thank you. I shall try honey.

Yes its just so frustrating.

x

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Hi

How are you?

My daughter had her appointment at the hospital yessterday.

The doctor said she has a vocal tic!

She has finally stopped coughing for one week now.

xx

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