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What Causes Chronic Shortness Of Breath And Dry Cough?

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Posted on Wed, 3 May 2017
Question: Hi, one doctor says I have asthma, another says I don't. I have typical asthma symptoms of chronic shortness of breath, dry cough especially when I am overdue for symbicort, and feeling like my breathing is often too much work. If I don't take the asthma mess, I just can't breathe. I am fine with having asthma, but I also has swollen nasal passages often and feel like the back of my throat is swollen and that makes me choke. I don't think that is part of asthma or is it? I don't have any allergies, except cats and I stay completely away from any cat. Can the swollen throat feeling and swollen nasal passages be part of asthma?
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (57 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes, you are having allergic Airway disease.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Yes, all these things (nasal and throat) are connected with asthma.
There is one recent advance in asthma and upper respiratory tract symptoms.
Almost 60% of asthma patients have allergic rhinitis. And it is known as 'one Airway, one disease' - allergic Airway disease.
So along with symbicort, you need to take intranasal spray containing steroid (fluticasone).
Oral combination of antihistamine (levocetrizine or fexofenadine) and anti allergic (montelukast) I also very useful.
So all your symptoms are connected and needs specific treatment.
So consult your doctor and discuss about starting fluticasone nasal spray and levocetrizine +montelukast.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 hour later)
Thank you very much.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (32 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I am glad that my advice is helping you.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
I am glad that my advice is helping you.
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Hope I have solved your query. If you are not having further queries, then please close the conversation and rate my answer.
You can ask me directly on bit.ly/askdrkaushalbhavsar.
Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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What Causes Chronic Shortness Of Breath And Dry Cough?

Brief Answer: Yes, you are having allergic Airway disease. Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic. I can understand your concern. Yes, all these things (nasal and throat) are connected with asthma. There is one recent advance in asthma and upper respiratory tract symptoms. Almost 60% of asthma patients have allergic rhinitis. And it is known as 'one Airway, one disease' - allergic Airway disease. So along with symbicort, you need to take intranasal spray containing steroid (fluticasone). Oral combination of antihistamine (levocetrizine or fexofenadine) and anti allergic (montelukast) I also very useful. So all your symptoms are connected and needs specific treatment. So consult your doctor and discuss about starting fluticasone nasal spray and levocetrizine +montelukast. Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.