Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) vs. Asthma


vocal cord dysfunctionAccording to HULIQ.com, new research shows that some children are likely being misdiagnosed with asthma.

Asthma is, without a doubt, the most common chronic condition facing children, but many children who are diagnosed with asthma in emergency room settings may actually have Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD). The symptoms are very similar (such as difficulty breathing because of a closed throat, or constricted airway), but the treatments are very different.

Children with asthma need medicine, whereas children with VCD need to learn breathing exercises.

(Certain breathing exercises may help reduce asthma symptoms, too.)

Giving asthma medication to a child who does not have asthma could produce serious side effects.

A simple spirometry breathing test can tell doctors if a child has asthma or VCD.

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