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will the common cold exacerbate my asthma?

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Dr. Michael Klein
21 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: If your asthma is well controlled, using the appropriate medication and with rare need for a rescue inhaler you should be fine. If asthma is poorly controlled, or if you are unlucky, common colds, particularly chest colds (para-influenza viruses) are certainly capable of triggering an asthma attack. If it seems that an asthma attack is imminent, see a doctor sooner rather than later.
Answered on Jun 16, 2011
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
31 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Asthma is a condition that can have many triggers, including exercise, allergens, infections, irritants, etc. A common cold, usually due to a viral infection, can trigger an asthma reaction. If you feel an onset of asthma, regardless of the cause, start your inhalers and/or see your physician.
Answered on Jan 4, 2014
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Dr. Dean Giannone
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Any infection, especially of the upper or lower respiratory tract, such as the common cold, can exacerbate asthma. Care should be rendered during any such infection to assure that your asthma remains stable.
Answered on Oct 12, 2013
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Dr. Brian Bezack
18 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Yes: The common cold is one of the most common triggers for acute exacerbations of asthma symptoms, especially in younger children.
Answered on Dec 10, 2014
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