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A 29-year-old female asked:

Currently have a viral infection. not taking anything but could i take prednisone to help alleviate chest tightness and asthma?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Asthma: Viral infections can trigger asthma - asthma should be treated with standard meds your doc has outlined for your exacerbations. Generally this includes bumping up to regularly scheduled beta agonists (albuterol) and adding steroids (inhaled or oral). You should be measuring your peak flows so you have an idea of lung function and to know if you are getting into serious trouble.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Supervision: Prednisone is used to treat asthmatic symptoms but should never be taken without a physician's instructions or supervision as the dosage is critical As is the duration and tapering off of therapy as rebound flareups can occur as well as potential side effects.
Last updated Jan 10, 2018

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