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The Chest Cough
Asthma is a disorder caused by increased sensitivity of the
bronchial tubes to a wide range of irritants. Generally this
condition is inherited or acquired through inhaling irritants such
as cigarette smoke. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of
breath, wheezing and chest tightness. Cough and other
symptoms usually get worse at night. Most patients who have
asthma are very familiar with the range of symptoms and
therapy. Some patients with prolonged coughing may have a
mild form of asthma without showing the more severe
symptoms associated with this condition. The key to this
diagnosis is a family history of asthma or any allergic tendency
such as hayfever, atopic dermatitis, hives or allergic rhinitis.
Please see Therapy for Chest Cough: Asthma.