oa South African Family Practice - Diagnosis of childhood asthma : review article
|Article Title||Diagnosis of childhood asthma : review article|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||South African Family Practice|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town and 2 University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Sep 2011|
|Pages||437 - 439|
|Keyword(s)||Chest tightness, Childhood asthma, Coughing, Eczema, Shortness of breath and Wheezing|
Childhood asthma is characterised by episodes of wheezing and coughing, particularly at night. The cough is typically non-productive of sputum and is irritating and persistent. It is most troublesome in the early hours of the morning, especially between 1-2 am. Chronic cough may be a presenting symptom in young children. Wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath become more obvious in children older than three years.
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