Rodney Lipkis, Wilmington, DE
This sounds like Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA), or sports asthma for short. The pool water would most likely affect other swimmers too, and the fact that the coughing occurs sometimes during running suggests EIA. Have her doctor give her a chest x-ray and maybe an in-office pulmonary function test before and after a nebulizer. You may try an albuterol trial 30 minutes before swimming, or the new medicine Advair, to decrease airway inflammation. You will know in three or four days if these work.
Peter Mendel, MD, Woodbridge, VA
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