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is asthma an example of upper respiratory infection?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
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.
Answered on Dec 7, 2014
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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
21 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
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.
Answered on Dec 28, 2019
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
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.
Answered on Dec 28, 2019

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