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Respiratory distress, cough persisting for months. Associated with wheezing, dypsnea. How to treat it?

my mother is having respiratory distress and cough for many months. the problem mainly occurs at night. earlier when she suffered same way doctor gave her steroid injection and for many months she was ok but now the problem again returned. the cough is usually non productive. there is associated wheezing sometimes. the dypsnea is specially on exertion.
Asked On : Sun, 24 Feb 2013
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Hi and thanks for your question,
Respiratory distress, wheezing and cough shall be classical symptoms of asthma. Response to steroids is also supportive of this diagnosis. Doing a chest X ray shall make things clearer, exclude a concomitant lung infection or cardiac origin of dyspnoea.
Doing a peak flow exams and a chest X ray shall be important in confirming diagnosis of asthma. Treatments are varied ranging from avoiding allergens, keeping warm to drugs. Consulting a pulmonologist or and internist shall be somewhat imperative.
Thanks and best regards,
Luchuo, MD.
Answered: Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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