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Doctor insights on: How Can Having Asthma Make You More Susceptible To Colds

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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How can having asthma make you more susceptible to colds?

How can having asthma make you more susceptible to colds?

Asthma: Asthma does not make you more susceptible to colds but colds can trigger your asthma and asthma makes your recovery from a cold much longer and protracted. ...Read more

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My son had pertussis at 6 weeks. He is now 11. Should I be concerned when he gets bronchial colds? Is he susceptible to bronchitiiss/asthma?

My son had pertussis at 6 weeks. He is now 11. Should I be concerned when he gets bronchial colds? Is he susceptible to bronchitiiss/asthma?

No: Pertussis @ 6 weeks of age doesn't predispose one to increased bronchitis or asthma later on in life. However, since he is 11 years old, he should receive a tdap vaccine that can protect him from getting pertussis again. This is because the immunity from previous vaccination has likely decreased significantly by that age. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if you have severe asthma could that make you more susceptible to pneumonia or anything?

Can you tell me if you have severe asthma could that make you more susceptible to pneumonia or anything?

Yes: There is evidence that asthmatics, particularly those who are not well controlled, may have an increased risk of pneumonia. If you suspect that you have pneumonia, because of fever or worsening of your asthma, please see your physician. A chest radiograph and lung function testing may be indicated. ...Read more

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How to know if I have asthma or just a nomal cold?

How to know if I have asthma or just a nomal cold?

Time of onset: If your symtpoms came on after a 'cold' viral illness then possible still reactive/spastic airways. If symtpoms are worse or not getting better you need to see your doctor. Also this depends on your history of exposure like work/industrial/dust and tobacco. All that wheezes is not always asthma. Cardiac issues can also be causing lung issues. ...Read more

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How can I determine if my child is having a asthma episodes or a cold?

How can I determine if my child is having a asthma episodes or a cold?

Asthma: If a child has a history of asthma, having a tight chest (older children can sometimes tell this), or having difficulty breathing, then the child could have an asthma attack. However in the initial stages of wheezing, it is not possible for the parent to see the difference. So it is always good to see a physician who can auscultate the child's lungs and check for wheeze, if you suspect asthma. ...Read more

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Should I have my child checked for asthma if he gets lots of colds and coughs?

Should I have my child checked for asthma if he gets lots of colds and coughs?

Yes!: It really depends on the frequency of the respiratory symptoms, but if he coughs (on average) more than two days a week or more than two nights per month, an asthma evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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My asthma is extremely sensitive to even mild cold. What should I look for in a good outdoor mask?

My asthma is extremely sensitive to even mild cold. What should I look for in a good outdoor mask?

Nose & scarf: That's great question! A scarf works best because it takes on warmth from your exhaled breath & transfers it to the incoming air. Breathe through your nose not your mouth. The nose is designed to warm & moisten air; the mouth can't. Ipratropium (atrovent) is often used to help control cold weather-triggered asthma. Make sure your asthma is under control before venturing out into the cold. ...Read more

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For people with asthma is it okay to be outside when it's very cold out when they have to be somewhere and don't have a choice.

For people with asthma is it okay to be outside when it's very cold out when they have to be somewhere and don't have a choice.

Yes: I agree with another doctor saying that covering your mouth with a mask may be helpful. If you know that cold air exposure usually triggers asthma, use your bronchodilator prior to the exposure will likely prevent an attack. ...Read more

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Does cold air give asthma?

Depends: Cold air does not cause asthma but if you have asthma cold air could be a trigger for symptoms/exacerbation. ...Read more

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Why does cold air cause asthma?

Asthma: Because any irritant triggers a reaction called bronco-spam which give you asthma. ...Read more

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Will the common cold exacerbate my asthma?

Will the common cold exacerbate my asthma?

Yes: The common cold is one of the most common triggers for acute exacerbations of asthma symptoms, especially in younger children. ...Read more

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Help please? I had a cold now can't stop my asthma?

Help please? I had a cold now can't stop my asthma?

See a doctor: Upper respiratory illness in asthmatics often causes increase in asthma symptoms. Viral upper respiratory illness is often the cause. You may need an adjustment of your asthma medications or a course of oral steroids to settle your lungs down. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I had a cold now can't stop my asthma?

Asthma medications: If you have an asthma action plan, check the recommendations that best correspond to your current symptoms. The symptoms of shortness of breath, chest pain, difficulty breathing, cough, wheezing should be further evaluated. To quickly relieve symptoms of asthma, albuterol is generally the first step. If your symptoms are not mild, oral or inhaled steroids are used to control the symptoms. ...Read more

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Chocolate is causing me to have asthma/cold-like symptoms. What should I do?

Chocolate is causing me to have asthma/cold-like symptoms. What should I do?

Avoid it: Well I will say that chocolate allergy is rare. Clearly if you feel this is your trigger then avoidance is the best medicine. An allergist may have tests to provide you with that might give more information. ...Read more

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Why is my 'asthma' feeling better with a common cold? Could the coughing be helping?

Why is my 'asthma' feeling better with a common cold? Could the coughing be helping?

Mgt: I would recommend following an asthma action plan. Not all upper respiratory tract infections trigger asthma symptoms in the lower airway.
If you do develop asthma symptoms, your Albuterol inhaler may provide relief. ...Read more

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I have a cold and I would like to take something but I also have asthma. What can I take?

I have a cold and I would like to take something but I also have asthma. What can I take?

Several: Several medicines are available for the treatment of asthma. In general they include controller medicines (inhaled steroids, long acting beta agonists, leukotriene blockers) and reliever medications (short acting bronchodilators). Avoidance of known triggers important as well. In some cases, allergy immunotherapy may play a role as well. ...Read more

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How should people with asthma take care of their health and prevent attacks during cold winters/cold winds?

Cover nose/mouth: Cold air is a know trigger for asthma symptoms. The nose is great at humidifying and warming cold air, so you should always try to breath in through the nose and not the mouth. Covering your nose and mouth with a scarf or mask is one way in which you can go outside in the cold and prevent the airways from being triggered to react. ...Read more

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Why do I always feel like I have a mild cold? I have never had asthma but lately I loose my breathe very easily.

Nqasal congestion: A constant nasal congestion will feel like a mild cold but is actually nasal allergies, and you may be allergic to something indoors if it is constant. Nasal allergies can be associated with asthma. Consult a board certified allergist, get tested and get answers and proper treatment. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with asthma when I get sick from a cold I am left with a bothersome cough sometimes it is uncontrollable. Is this asthma as we'll?

I was diagnosed with asthma when I get sick from a cold I am left with a bothersome cough sometimes it is uncontrollable. Is this asthma as we'll?

Yes: A simple upper respiratory viral infection can definitely trigger asthma symptoms. Might be a good idea to use your asthma inhalers for the duration of such events. ...Read more

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I caught a cold about a week ago I also have asthma so the cold is messing with my asthma here it going on another week and I am still having trouble?

Asthma treatment: At times when you are having problem with asthma is when you should see your doctor to treat the exacerbating factor and to intensify your meds to improve your condition. Increasing your use of bronchodilator can cause problem so the cause of asthma needs to be treated and steroid may need to be instituted. ...Read more

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I want to control my asthma allergies cough cold?

I want to control my asthma allergies cough cold?

Vague question: Many of the issues triggering wheezing in a 1 yo are infectious and not true asthma. I rarely use the label at that age unless there is a strong family history of asthma and the kid has eczema or other associated problems. Control of any set of symptoms takes a good baseline history & evaluation followed by an individualized plan. This is best devised by the doc who knows the patient best. ...Read more

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My child has noisy breathing and cold sx's. Might it be asthma?

My child has noisy breathing and cold sx's. Might it be asthma?

Probably not: It is hard for a parent to tell just by the souds your child makes. More likely an upper respiratory infection but go see your doctor and he will be able to tell. ...Read more

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Do all asthma attacks have "triggers" like viruses, cold air, smoke, etc?

Reactive airways: Asthma, by definition is reactive airways. So it's reacting to something. But often times, we have difficulty narrowing it down to figure out exactly what it is. ...Read more

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In what way can u tel the difference between an asthma attack and a cold?

Symptoms...: Asthma attack symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, cough which is usually a dry cough. There is usually no nasal congestion, sore throat, body aches, fever which are seen with the common cold. The dry cough can be seen with both. However, a cold can result in an asthma attack in susceptible people and, in that case, the person will have all these symptoms at once! ...Read more

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Is 65 degrees inside the house too cold for a 6 year old child with asthma?

Is 65 degrees inside the house too cold for a 6 year old child with asthma?

Probably not: If you and your child are appropriately dressed and not too cold at 65 degrees then there is no problem. Cold air doesn't predispose to "colds" and cold air induced asthma usually requires lower temperatures. ...Read more

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Is there a type of asthma triggered by running in cold air? What are the symptoms?

Is there a type of asthma triggered by running in cold air? What are the symptoms?

Asthma: Generally any asthma can be triggered by both exercise and cold weather exposure. Some patients with asthma can run fine in warm weather but have less tolerance and wheeze and cough, develop chest tightness and pain when running in cold weather. ...Read more

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When I get sick my asthma start act up is that normal with a cold? Only when I'm get sick

When I get sick my asthma start act up is that normal with a cold? Only when I'm get sick

Yes!: Cold is triggering your asthma attack. Although there are a lot of other triggers. You will need to see your doctor for prescription medications to control your asthma before they get out of hand. It is preventable and reversible. Compliance and maintenance are key to success in treating asthma! ...Read more