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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)

Asthma is 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 breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...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?

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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