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New to Asthma
Anon_37818 posted:
I was diagnosed with Asthma a week or so ago. I am on advair diskus twice daily and albuterol inhaler when needed. I have not had an asthma attack since I started the advair diskus (2 weeks ago) but I have coughed a lot...especially after eating (even though I am on Nexium). I can't understand that but that is another post.

Should I take the albuterol when I have these crazy coughing spasms (which is once or twice daily) or only when I have the asthma attacks when my whole body goes crazy, (shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, terrible phlem, chills and fever, loss of appetite, etc?) Thanks!!!!
abbymay16 responded:
Yes,the albuterol can help with the coughing issues.Your breathing patterns may change a bit when eating which might be what is causing the cough to start afterwards. Also heartburn/reflux will also cause an asthmatic cough to flare.

The other symptoms you describe are NOT sound asthma symptoms....chills, fever, loss of appetite...these are NOT asthmatic symptoms so you might want to run those by your doctor.

It takes awhile after being diagnosed to learn how best to learn about your asthma, when to treat it etc....ask lots of questions and get educated on the signs/symptoms of asthma---in the long run it will really help you manage your asthma.

Good luck,


Vive Bene, Spesso L'Amore, Di Risata Molto

(live well, love much, laugh often)

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