Q. What is the reason for a long time dry cough in an asthmatic patient?

Answered by
Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 24, 2022

Hello doctor,

I am 70 years old, and my weight is 175 lbs. I have a dry cough from time to time in a day, continuing for more than two months. I am an asthmatic patient, taking two puffs of Symbicort inhaler twice daily. My blood pressure is in control, for which I am taking Amlodipine Besylate -10 mg once daily in the morning.

I am not under any other medications. However, I have sleep disturbances, and usually, I sleep late at night, only for four to five hours.



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Thanks for your question. I can understand your concern. However, I want to know a few more things like breathing difficulty, fever, and weight loss.

May I know whether you have a dry cough or chest congestion, and are you taking any medication or syrup for the cough?

Have you taken any X-rays or blood tests?

Please reply to me with the answers to the above-asked questions so that I can guide you better. I wish you good health. Thanks.

Hello doctor,

Thank you for the reply.

If I take puff regularly, I do not have any problems. But, if I do not take it, there is breathing difficulty. Two years ago, I was hospitalized due to shortness of breath and got discharged after two days. There is no weight loss or fever. I am fit, and my health is good.

I took a blood test six months before, and the report was normal with borderline blood sugar. And now it is in control.

The cough is only from the throat, and there is no chest congestion for which I am not taking any syrup or medication. Instead, I get some relief by gargling with saltwater.



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Thanks for your follow-up question. I can understand your concern.

In my opinion, I suggest you do a chest X-ray PA (posteroanterior) view to rule out any other lung-related causes of cough.

I would also suggest having the following for five days,

  • Syrup Corex DX (Chlorpheniramine Maleate and Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide) - 10 ml twice a day for cough.
  • Tablet Allegra M (Fexofenadine Hydrochloride - 120 mg and Montelukast - 10 mg) twice a day in the morning and night.

Further, take your inhaler regularly and do warm water gargles and steam inhalation.

I hope I have solved your query, and I will be happy to help you further. I wish you good health. Thanks.

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