is this asthma?

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My mum is 46 years old and has had what shes been told is asthma for Many years,she does smoke also.

She coughs throughout the day,not constant but just every now and then and sometimes its chesty and sometimes its dry,does this sound like a usual symptom of asthma? Or does this sound like it could be more? She says its asthma and smokers cough,but im concerned.

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  • Posted

    Jadex we both (and your Mum)  fully understand the implications of smoking for a start and coughing can be related to the habit of smoking..

    However your Mum (only 45) needs to visit her GP/Practice nurse to ascertain that it is Asthma.

    Two serious topics- Smoking - Asthma.

    If the diagnosis is Asthma she needs to protect herself from an unexpected Asthma

    attack with the relevant nebuliser/sterod inhalers etc appropriate medication, as Asthma attacks can be fatal, if not addressed properly.

    Also if at all possible TRY to dissuade her from smoking....otherwise when you are older, your Mum may become a Grandmother etc, she may miss out on such special times in all your lives.

    It cannot be easy but health comes first alongside self discipline.

    Smoking is not just dangerous it is fundamentally selfish when smokers know full well the harm it causes, both to their health but indirectly to you and the rest of the family, especially your good self n regard to worrying about your Mum...

  • Posted

    Hi Jadex.sorry to hear about your mum.its may not necessary be asthma because cig smoke is the biggest trigger for need to first check her that whether it is because of the smoke or not by asking ur mum to quit smoking for a day or 2.and check for other symptoms of asthma then you would be sure of far as i know cig smoking is not at all gud for a patient who has any kind of respiratory problem.hope you find out.
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    Thank you both for your comments,I understand that cigarettes are not good for you no matter what,my concern is that she coughs throughout the day a few times but a symptom of lung cancer is a persistant cough,so how do you tell the difference between that of a asthmatic and smoker and that of someone with lung cancer?
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    you should always hope for the best.and the best way is to get her chest xray case of any other problem you would get to know it.Asthma and Cancer everything is made clear in the xray.In case its asthma it can be checked through a spirometry test.You should better get it checked as soon as possible.

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