Michael Marcus, MD talks about pet allergies effects on children.
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Host: A lot of people think, my kid has got asthma because he does wheeze, but he coughs. But isn’t coughing a criteria saying he is not getting control? Dr. Michael Marcus: Any child with asthma, coughing is just as important as wheezing and it can be consider as our early warning sign, but patients began to have inflammation in the lungs from their asthma, the cough is the first sign of this inflammation. As the inflammation needs to more the cough will advance to a wheeze, there is no point in waiting until the child actually wheezes, in fact, we recommend that you began your asthma therapy or escalate you asthma therapy. The minute you start hearing coughing in your child, by doing this you’ll start sure get that more severe asthma episode avoiding their emergency trip to the physicians office or to the emergency room as well as of avoiding the hospitalization at sometimes and sues. Host: Isn’t coughing sort of like saying, something stuck with the lung, maybe in this case either you try to force it out along a little bit? Dr. Michael Marcus: Coughing is response to abnormal condition in the lungs. If the lungs are plugged with mucus, spasm, inflammation, which are blocking air so forth air trapping, the patient will cough as a response to that condition and that’s in fact one of the early signs of an asthma episode.