View Full Version : Coughing Fits

10-18-2007, 10:14 AM
Ok so DS (5yrs.) has allergies but it's not just your usual sneezing, itchy eyes and nose and stuff. On top of all that, which is actually really minor, he caughs.....A LOT!!!!!! Hacking almost...Coughing so much you'd think he was sick:ick:....but here's the thing he only has these coughing fits when the AC is on (something about it makes him cough only AC's not just a regular fan/fan setting). Whether is in the house car or in a building were they really crank it up. If we're able to turn it off 5-10 min later he's fine like it never happened. DH always wants to give him cough meds when he has these fits and i hate that because DS isn't sick and he has these fits often enough that i don't want cough meds to be an almost daily thing for him. Has anybody else gone through this, does this or has kids that do this??? I talked to his Ped. and he just told me to give him and OTC allergie med but NONE of the allergie meds help the coughing part..they help the other stuff but not the coughing. Does anyone know of one that does???:help: :shrug:

10-18-2007, 10:40 AM
Is it a dry or wet cough? We had to clean the ducts when my ds was that age. He also had a hacking cough and later developed asthma that is allergy induced. Also in low humidity I develp a hack so have invested in several humidifiers.

10-18-2007, 10:45 AM
mold in the AC
and nothing you can do about it
i have trouble in stores and other places
i have never found anything to clean it out

Jan in CA
10-18-2007, 11:33 AM
Since it's only when the A/C is on I'd suspect something in the ducting or something to do with the a/c as well. You can have the ducts cleaned and you should have the a/c unit checked. I'm not sure who does that though.. :think:

I'd talk to his pediatrician anyway to rule out asthma. Coughing can be a symptom and asthmatics can be sensitive to certain things like cold air/mold/dust, etc.

10-18-2007, 12:27 PM
This sounds like asthma. My daughter has asthma and our pediatrician did NOT diagnose it. He wasn't helpful in this regard at all. My daughter would constantly clear her throat, MD said it was a habit- it's actually a symptom of asthma. Then if she got sick, oh my, she would be awful sick, fever, vomitting, many times I thought I'd be taking her in for IV fluids. Meanwhile I knew she had allergies and when she was smaller I gave her claritan-it was effective at first but not later. So we went to the pediatric allergist- who very thorougly reviewed her chart and saw how many times she'd been sick and how often she had been prescribed antibioitics. He diagnosed her asthma and did allergy testing. Turned out she is only allergic to grass pollen but I thought it was more things. It was simply her out of control asthma that made her act allergic.

Children with allergies are more prone to asthma. It also is not always charcterized by wheezing or shortness of breath. My daughter only has wheezed when she's been really sick. Astma is an over production of mucous in the bronchial tubes. Sometimes a cough is the only symptom. If the AC is a trigger, treating the asthma can decrease the reaction. Asthma has been treated very successfully for 30 years now and there is lots of good research and good medication. My daughter takes an inhaler 2 times a day. In the spring she takes prescription zyrtec. She has never been as sick as she was prior to starting treatment, her allergies are more manageable. She has never thrown up since starting treatment.

I would recommend you find a pediatric allergist/asthma MD ASAP. Untreated over time asthma can cause permanent lung damage and in the short term you have a sicker more unhappy child. Once I realized that's what my daughter had and began treatment it has literaly changed her life. She's 7 and half, has been treated by this doctor for a little over a year.

Good luck.

10-18-2007, 01:54 PM
I was also going to say it sounds like some sort of allergy-triggered asthma. Some asthma is your traditional wheezing each time someone breaths in or out. Some asthma is coughing - if you listen closely, each time he inhales to cough, you should hear a little bit of a wheeze. Then you'll know for sure. Cough medicines don't work on asthma. You either need to get rid of the allergen triggering the attack, or get medicine, or if it's not too bad, he could learn to control it by consciously relaxing his breathing (provided the allergen isn't there). (I have the coughing type of asthma, though fortunately it's not too bad most of the time as it's a second or third symptom from seasonal allergies for the most part. When laughter triggers an attack, though, really trying to relax and inhale and exhale slowly helps.)

10-18-2007, 02:02 PM
I wonder, too, if this happens in the car when you have your AC turned on. Is it the movement of air? More than likely, it's allergy-related.

10-18-2007, 04:12 PM
Thanks you guys so much for your opinions and advice. I really appreciate it. It could be asthma because i do remember having it when i was a kid but i out grew it...i don't know how but i did. I would have the ducts cleaned but i'm in an apartment. would i just tell the land lord?? Hummm... Well thanks again!!!

10-20-2007, 10:31 AM
I haven't read the other replies, but my daughter has asthma. She has never wheezed a day in her life. Her asthma manifests itself by CONSTANT coughing.

Perhaps a trip to an allergist would be good?

Good luck!

10-20-2007, 06:01 PM
I have allergies that cause me to cough, especially when I talk. I thought it was asthma, but turned out to be allergy incuded bronchitis.

Go to the Pulmonary Doc (lung specialist) for lung function tests to rule out asthma.

10-20-2007, 06:10 PM
I'd clean or replace the filter in the ac unit.

Sounds like asthma to me.

10-22-2007, 09:37 AM
Oooh! Thanks for the info guys! I have been coughing CONSTANTLY for the last year and a half or so and I keep getting diagnosed as either bronchitis or asthma. The meds work a little but a few days after I finish taking them, I usually begin couging again. And I have TERRIBLE coughing fits. Sometimes I cough so much and so hard, I throw up, other times I can't catch my breath. I do have asthma but hate taking my inhalers. It is also difficult being in a foreign country, no regular doctor. Maybe I should get tested for allergies too, though I have never been allergic to anything before except a pet rabbit. Things that make you go hmmm....

10-29-2007, 10:29 PM
I had hyperactive airway disease last winter. I had a mild cold at Thanksgiving, but weeks after my cold symptoms were over, I was still wheezing and coughing so hard that couldn't catch my breath. My doctor gave me an inhaler with Albuterol, and it did a world of good. I was able to breathe better than I had in quite a while.