A to Z: Asthma, Cough Variantenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/KH_generic_header_02_1.jpgPeople with this type of asthma have a cough but no wheezing. Learn more about it here.Cough variant asthma, cough-variant asthma, asthma, lungs, bronchial tubes, airways, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, dyspnea, classic asthma, bronchodilators, corticosteroids, chronic cough, cigarette smoke, dust, exercise, asthma triggers, respiratory, wheeze, lung, short of breath, breathing, chronic cough06/08/201503/18/201903/18/20192e86aca8-76ab-40d6-ab2c-3e8e4704383fhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/101548.html/<p><em>May also be called: Cough Variant Asthma, Cough-Variant Asthma, Cough-Dominant Asthma</em></p> <p>Cough variant asthma (KOF VAIR-ee-ent AZ-muh) is a type of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-basics.html/">asthma</a> in which coughing is the only symptom.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Asthma is a lung condition that affects the bronchial tubes, or airways. When someone breathes normally, inhaled air passes through the bronchial tubes on its way to the lungs. When someone has asthma, certain triggers &mdash; like exercise, dust, or cigarette smoke &mdash; can irritate the airways and make the muscles around the airways tighten up. This can reduce airflow through the airways and lead to breathing problems, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.</p> <p>If someone with asthma has coughing but no other symptoms (like wheezing), the condition is called cough variant asthma. People with cough variant asthma can get tight, swollen airways in response to a trigger, but they usually have normal (or close to normal) results if they get lung function testing during an asthma flare-up. Almost everyone with cough variant asthma has a longstanding or chronic cough that lasts for more than eight weeks. Over time, cough variant asthma can turn into regular asthma (also called classic asthma) with its normal symptoms.</p> <p>Doctors generally treat cough variant asthma in the same way as regular asthma. People with cough variant asthma usually do well with bronchodilators (medications that help open airways) or inhaled corticosteroids (drugs that reduce airway swelling).</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>In some cases, a chronic cough can go away on its own without treatment. But since cough variant asthma can become worse, anyone with a chronic cough should seek treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment may help reduce the chances of cough variant asthma turning into classic asthma.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Asthma Asthma makes it hard to breathe. But with treatment, the condition can be managed so that kids can still do the things they love. Learn all about asthma. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-basics.html/93904ebb-464e-4afd-9e00-2509c3cef428
Asthma Action PlanUse this printable sheet to help reduce or prevent flare-ups and emergency department visits through day-to-day management of your child's asthma.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/action-plan-sheet.html/e3187d4d-91d2-4202-8a70-195f9885206e
Asthma CenterAsthma keeps more kids home from school than any other chronic illness. Learn how to help your child manage the condition, stay healthy, and stay in school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/asthma-center.html/cfa843fc-8e5e-43c8-a576-466a9b27e9c1
Asthma DiaryUse this weekly diary to record your child's asthma symptoms, peak flows, the amount of medicine taken.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-diary.html/e82e89dc-e0db-4348-9bf1-3581c3d01b75
Asthma TriggersTriggers — things in the air, weather conditions, or activities — can cause asthma flare-ups. By knowing and avoiding triggers, you'll help lessen your child's asthma symptoms.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-triggers.html/9a1476d0-ef6a-4163-84cb-6ae622d1b98b
CoughingCoughs are a common symptom, but most aren't a sign of a serious condition. Learn about different coughs, how to help your child feel better, and when to call your doctor.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-cough.html/68554637-7469-4d09-8ba7-5bb9211fcd47
Exercise-Induced AsthmaMany kids with asthma have symptoms when they exercise. But with careful management, they usually can do anything their peers can do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/exercise-asthma.html/255d6738-c26e-4848-b426-abc18818580c
Managing AsthmaAsthma control can take a little time and energy to master, but it's worth the effort. Learn more about ways to manage your child's asthma.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-mgmt.html/16fdd0ed-abfc-4f6e-9ecd-df6bbde41d3b
School and AsthmaAsthma flare-ups are the main reason kids with asthma miss school. But well-managed asthma is far less likely to result in a sick day.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/school-asthma.html/d1936df8-6283-4c39-9954-d6136e3159be