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Fever, mucus in throat, dry cough. Is this asthma or whooping cough?

For the past 2.5 weeks, my son has been having asthma-like symptoms. Slight fever . He complains of a lot of mucous in his throat . The asthma-like attacks scare the crap out of me. He has never had any issues before he developed this dry cough . I feel I have the same thing as my sin has w/o the asthma attacks. Is this asthma? Could it possibly be whooping Cough? He barely coughs, though. He went to the doctors, 3 days ago, and treated him with z-pack, inhaler and cough med of some sort with codeine . My son was fine for 2 days with no attacks and then had an attack, tonight. Was mild compared to the others. Is this related to the cold? Will this go away????
Asked On : Mon, 24 Dec 2012
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You haven't mentioned the age of your son. Upto the age of 3 to 5 years it is difficult to differentiate between wheezy bronchitis of childhood (viral) from bronchial asthma. Your son should respond to the treatment given , however the inhaler may need to be continued for a long duration if your son is getting repeated episodes of such symptoms. Also a Serum IgE level should help in the diagnostic process. Recurrent viral infections are common in winter season and subside with their own course.However it is advisable that you consult a pediatrician / pulmonologist for the same so that the diagnosis is reached at.


Dr. Gyanshankar Mishra
Consultant Pulmonologist
Answered: Mon, 24 Dec 2012
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