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Persistent cough, feeling week due to virus. What blood work is required to know the cause?

Hello Dr. daughter has been coughing and feels weak and had it for almost 2mos. 2 docotrs diagnosed her for allergy/ asthma and was given antibiotic and inhaler for asthma. She coughs a lot and she uses the inhaler when she feels she can t breath we but then she feels sick and vomits. Told her to stop the inhaler as I suspect it s the culprit and suggested to go for another opinion. The new Doctor told her she was mishandled with her medication as she does not have allergy/asthma but virus. She is using an inhaler for asthma that is causing her to feel sick . she was told she has a virus so she was given the correct inhaler for breathing and other meds.she was ok for a month and now she has the symptoms so went back to docotr and was told virus and all she needs is rest. No bloodwork done from all her visits with these doctors. Any recommendation for what kind of blood work we should request to determine what is causing her cough and feeling weak? I know my sister has some kind of persistent coughing like she has colds and I knew it wasn t colds because she had it for months but then she was diagnosed with cancer?
Asked On : Fri, 27 Jul 2012
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hello.please see your daughter is examine and eveluated by a good physician.

if she has persistent cough, she needs to be investigated thoruoghly.also look for the additional symptoms like weight loss, hemoptysis (blood in sputum), persistent low grade fever.

looking at her history she definitely requires an X-ray examination as there is list of conditions diagnosed on X-ray which can give chronic cough.the test should also include sputum examination if she has productive cough a long with the basic blood tests like an ESR, total blood count, differential count etc to look for infection.

there is no inhaler for viral infection.

cancer is rare at her age if she is young and there are other additional easily curable causes to be ruled out and then think of cancer.

so a good qualified physician is what you need.

hope i have helped you.
Answered: Thu, 2 Aug 2012
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