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How is nocturnal asthma managed?


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Hello doctor,

I am experiencing wheezing while breathing out and coughing during the night. Please help.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern. If you are experiencing wheezing and coughing primarily at night, you may be dealing with a condition called nocturnal asthma or allergies. Nocturnal asthma refers to asthma symptoms that worsen during the nighttime hours. Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the airways, causing inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes. This can lead to symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. If you suspect that you may have asthma or, are experiencing symptoms like wheezing and coughing, it is crucial to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis. They can assess your symptoms, and medical history, and potentially conduct further tests to determine if asthma or any other condition is causing your symptoms. In the meantime, here are a few general tips that might help alleviate your symptoms:

Keep your sleeping environment clean and free from allergens, such as dust mites or pet dander.

Use hypoallergenic bedding and pillowcases.

Avoid exposure to known triggers, such as cigarette smoke or strong scents.

Keep a regular sleep schedule and maintain good sleep hygiene.

If you have been prescribed asthma medications, make sure to use them as directed by your healthcare professional.

There are various types of antiallergic medications available, and each one works differently to provide relief from allergy symptoms. Here are a few common types:

Antihistamine: These medications block the effects of histamine, a chemical released during an allergic reaction. They can help relieve itching, sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. Examples include Cetirizine, Loratadine, and Diphenhydramine.

Decongestants: These work by reducing the swelling of blood vessels in the nasal passages, helping to relieve congestion. They can also be helpful for sinus pressure. Examples include Pseudoephedrine and Phenylephrine . It is important to note that decongestants may raise blood pressure or cause other side effects, so they should be used with caution and as directed.

Corticosteroids: These medications work by reducing inflammation and suppressing the immune response. They are commonly used to treat allergic rhinitis, asthma, and skin conditions. Corticosteroids can be administered orally, inhaled, or as topical creams or sprays. Examples include Prednisone, Fluticasone , and Budesonide .

It is essential to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new medication. They can evaluate your specific allergies, medical history, and symptoms, and prescribe the most appropriate medication for you. They will also be able to provide detailed instructions on how to use the medication safely and effectively.

I hope this helps you.

Thank you.


Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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