Salbutamol is a short-acting bronchodilator employed in treating shortness of breath due to conditions like asthma, bronchitis, etc. It works by relaxing and opening up the airways. Sometimes it may cause side effects like tremors, difficulty sleeping, headache, dizziness, etc., in some people.

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Why am I having chronic cough?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a woman, 23. I am 5'2" feet tall and I weigh 137 pounds. I am currently taking Cetirizine. I have been coughing badly for the past 5 months since I got my new job at a preschool. I went to the doctor, he prescribed me the before-mentioned drug. Although, when it gets really cold, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In addition to Cetirizine you need to take a bronchodilator medicine that will help bring out the phlegm better. Salbutamol (Albuterol) is an excellent drug that helps widen the small airway passages and bring out the mucus. It is available in the form of inhalers. T...  Read Full »

My son often suffers with dry cough. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 5.6 years old. He is having dry cough for the last 8 to 10 weeks. It is very often worse at night. Also, he had a bad ulcer and pain. He also had a dry cough twice last year, but not this bad. Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your history, that the cough is more at night and lasts for a long time this seems to be a case of hyperactive airway disease. This disease causes problems, mainly during changes in weather and lasts till the age of up to 8 years to maximum 12 years in children....  Read Full »

Can normal saline aid in curing cough in a kid?

Query: Hello doctor, My 6-year-old child is having asthma and is coughing in the night. He uses a nebulizer. I am giving him normal saline. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since your child is having an asthmatic cough, I suggest you give Asthalin (Salbutamol/Albuterol) nebulization and Budecort (Budesonide) nebulization along with an oral cough syrup with Salbutamol or Levosalbutamol. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or...  Read Full »

Can asthma be permanently cured?

Query: Hi doctor, My son aged 4 years and 4 months is premature by birth at 34 weeks. His current weight is 15.5 kg. He always used to get a cough and sometimes fever in an interval of every two to three months, especially since last one year. However, there is no other visible physical or mental problem ...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Though your son is premature, it does not matter with the present illness. Let me first clear you that he is suffering from bronchial asthma. And anyone can have asthma without any family history. So, it is not necessary to be always run in families. To confirm the dia...  Read Full »

My 18-year-old son suffers from severe allergy and breathing difficulties. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, This is for my son, who is 18 years old. He was identified as having mild anemia when he was 12 years old. The doctor who was consulted suggested him to take iron supplements, and he recovered. In the past, he had eczema as well. It was very severe when he was a child. Later, when he grew...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Your child can have asthma or allergic upper respiratory tract infection due to allergy problems. It is a type one hypersensitivity problem in which, because of allergic stimulation, dyspnea occurs by bronchoconstriction. IgE (Immunoglobulin E...  Read Full »

Is exertion likely to cause blurred vision and dizziness in asthmatic patient?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old male. I have asthma and hypotension. I am below average weight (5'10'', 117 lbs). Over the last few months, any time I exert myself beyond normal. I get really dizzy and my vision blurs and tunnels and my lungs hurt badly until I take my inhaler. About 60 seconds la...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you said you are asthmatic and taking two inhalers. But you suffer exertional dyspnea and fatigue also hypotension and all this is because of hypoxia. Your asthma is not under control. So you need to increase the dose of Fluticasone inhaler or take a combination i...  Read Full »

When it is cold outside, I wake up gasping for air. What is causing this?

Query: Hello doctor, When I am asleep in bed and it is cold outside, I wake up out of breath and unable to breathe. I gasp for breath. This happens few times a week, only in the fall and winter. I eventually fall back asleep. I just got an inhaler, Ventolin. Hope this helps me. I do not know what is causin...  Read Full »

Dr. Abaranam Innaci

Answer: Hello, Welcome to With your history, it seems you have airway obstruction probably due to seasonal change. Continue Ventolin (Salbutamol). Once your symptoms are settled, do aspirometry test, to assess the level of obstruction. Take care.  Read Full »

My serum bicarbonate level is low. Is it due to respiratory alkalosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been really sick from last two weeks. Two weeks ago, I had flu symptoms, like headaches, body aches, low fever, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. The chest symptoms were there straight away, and my asthma medicines (Symbicort and Ventolin) were not working from the start...  Read Full »

Dr. Nookala Sunil Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry for your trouble. From the symptoms that you have explained, and the reports that you have uploaded (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it appears that you are an asthmatic patient and it is not under control. And you are also anxious. Let ...  Read Full »

What are the causes of breathing problems?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having difficulty breathing for the last four months. My CT scan, pulmonary function test, and x-ray reports are normal. My immunoglobulin E value is very high. I am smoking from starting of this year. My breathing problem is deteriorating. There is no sneezing, neither any cold nor...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you mentioned, your reports were normal. This could be allergies like dust or pollen, or smoke. So when we get in contact, it triggers asthma, and breathing difficulties occur. Sir, are you still smoking? If yes, then quit it as soon as possible. Is there a family...  Read Full »

How to treat my heaving cough and throat infection, which has been persistent for a month?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 22 years old. I have a heaving cough and throat infection, and also heavy breathing and weakness. It has been a month, but it does not go away.  Read Full »

Dr. Pratyush Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to your complaints, it could be an acute exacerbation¬†of asthma. You should take nebulization with Asthalin (Salbutamol) thrice daily and Budesonide twice daily. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and start taking the medicines with thei...  Read Full »

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