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A 24-year-old member asked:

Is asthma an example of upper respiratory infection?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No.: Asthma is a disease of the lower respiratory tract - the bronchi. It is also, usually, not an infection, but can be triggered by one.
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Pediatric Pulmonology 23 years experience
No: Asthma is not an example of any infection, upper or lower respiratory. And asthma exacerbation can be triggered by a respiratory infection, but asthma is not an infection.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No...: Although the symptoms may be similar, asthma is due to recurrent episodes of bronchospasm and airway inflammation. Upper respiratory infections can trigger asthma exacerbations in susceptible patients.

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A 45-year-old female asked:

How do I best control my asthma when I get an upper respiratory infection?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Josa
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Corticosteroid: This is somewhat controversial but: Start taking or increase your inhaled corticosteroid to a high dose AT THE FIRST SIGN of a cold before it gets to the chest is your best chance of mitigating an attack. If you wait it may be too late.
Last updated Dec 28, 2019


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