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How to Treat an Asthma Cough

by
author image Shemiah Williams
Shemiah Williams has been writing for various websites since 2009 and also writes for "Parle Magazine." She holds a bachelor's degree in business and technology and a master's degree in clinical psychology. Williams serves as a subject matter expert in many areas of health, relationships and professional development.
How to Treat an Asthma Cough
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Asthma is the result of inflammation and constriction of the bronchial tubes. One of the most common symptoms of asthma is coughing. Preventing or treating an asthma cough is important because being able to suppress it prevents an asthma attack, which limits the ability of the asthma sufferer to breathe. Although there is no cure for asthma, there are steps you can take to treat the cough.

Step 1

Remain calm. Asthma can produce bouts of coughing lasting for a few seconds up to several minutes. Because these coughs can cause an attack, it is common for an asthma sufferer to become anxious or fearful. Breathe deeply or drink some water to calm the cough.

Step 2

Use an inhaled medication. Albuterol is a short-acting beta-2 agonist that temporarily relaxes airway muscles to help you control your breathing. Atrovent is an inhaled anticholinergic that can help to provide immediate relief. Atrovent works similarly to albuterol.

Step 3

Clean the filters in your air conditioner and furnace regularly. Keeping the air in your home or office clean reduces the presence of allergens and can prevent coughs.

Step 4

Use an air conditioner to reduce humidity and cleanse inside air.

Step 5

Wear a face mask or cover your mouth with a clean scarf if cold, dry air aggravates your asthma.

Step 6

Drink water regularly to keep the bronchial tubes moist.

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