Re: can an asthma cough be productive?
It sounds as though you might have contracted a respiratory virus and it's hanging out in your lungs. I had one that lasted quite a long time, but it was obviously a cold or flu then the remaining lung sounds and difficulty to cough up anything except a once in a while token phlegmmy stuff.
I do double the steroid inhaler (Pulmicort) as soon as I get sick and it affects my asthma...are you doing the same?
I would suggest you try an expectorant and see if that helps. Not one with DM or decongestant..just plain. I use Robitussin extra strength a few times a day. Yes..that one time I went through 2 bottles...
You could also try steaming youself to see if it helps.
One thing you should do, however, is to make sure (if it's not improving) to see your doctor so that he can take a listen and decide if you might need other meds such as antibiotics.
My asthma is more intrinsic than extrinsic as well...I do have some scarring from repeated infections from long ago (doctor refused to put me on antibiotics or the steroid inhaler)...sigh.
If you don't have any pain, that's a good thing.
Keep me posted how you're doing.
I'm curious if you get flu shots yearly? I do, but I realise it won't protect me from all flu viruses. But I'm hoping it's at least some help in not being quite as bad as it could be.
feel better soon,
It's all a matter of perspective!
Last edited by quincy; 11-25-2012 at 08:21 AM.