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Do You Have an Asthma Cough? How to Know

Do you know what an asthma cough sounds like? Asthmatic cough can sound like any other cough to the untrained ear. So how can you tell the difference between asthmatic cough and COVID cough? In the discussion below, we will point out the difference in symptoms to keep you HELFIE.

A cough can be serious and occasionally life-threatening - you should seek medical help immediately. Our intuitive HELFIE Cough Screening app uses clever AI technology to analyse your cough with a click of a button.

What does an asthma cough sound like?

An asthma cough sounds like a regular cough but is much deeper and more persistent. The main symptom of an asthma cough is a feeling of tightness in the chest, which can make it difficult to breathe. Other symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing up phlegm or mucus. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor so that they can rule out other possible causes.

Triggers for your asthma are everywhere. Everyday we are exposed to dust, pollen and smoke in our environment, which can set off an asthmatic attack. In some cases, the exact cause of an asthma cough may be unknown, so we need to be vigilant knowing our lung health.

Asthma cough vs. covid cough

The main similarity between asthma and COVID coughing is that they are both dry coughs – there’s typically no mucus, which means they both carry a consistent, rough tone.

However, there are several key differences between an asthma cough and a COVID cough. One of the most obvious is that an asthma cough is often accompanied by a high-pitched wheezing sound caused by the constricted airway. COVID coughing tends to be more persistent, because the dry cough irritates the already dry throat, in an endless loop.

And finally, an asthma attack typically comes on gradually, while a COVID infection can cause a sudden onset of symptoms.

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of either asthma or COVID-19, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical for both conditions.

Check your cough, with Helfie

Helfie is a revolutionary new mobile app that uses sophisticated AI technology to analyse a recording of your cough, evaluate your lung health and detect signs of asthma, COVID-19 and other respiratory conditions. You’ll also be prompted to answer three simple questions regarding your symptoms, and Helfie uses this combined information to place you on a COVID risk scale between 1 and 10.

The Helfie Cough Checker App was developed in close collaboration with respiratory specialists and doctors that have extensive background in detecting/treating coughs, using more than 48,000 cough samples to fine-tune the technology.

Healthcare has never been more convenient, affordable and accessible. Use Helfie to check if your cough sounds like COVID; to send pictures of skin abnormalities for assessing​ skin cancer risk; or, in the near future, to receive instant diagnoses on your risk of carrying sexually-transmitted infections (STI’s) – all in the palm of your hand.


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