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Can cough be the only symptom of asthma?

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A chronic, or long-term, cough may be an unusual symptom of asthma. You might first get the cough after a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection. The cough may also start as a "tickle" in the throat. In some people with asthma, laughing or exercise triggers coughing. Other people cough at night while others cough at any time of day without a trigger.

Asthma-related coughs won’t respond to cough drops or suppressants or antibiotics. You need asthma medication. If your cough doesn’t get better on its own in 3 to 6 weeks, see your doctor.

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Asthma Triggers and Management" and "Asthma and GERD."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 12, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Asthma Triggers and Management" and "Asthma and GERD."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 12, 2018

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