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Fever, asthma history, & slight shortness of breath. Just more asthma, or maybe pneumonia?
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Dr. Himanshu Wickramasinghe
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
6 doctors agree
In brief: Not asthma alone
Fever is not seen in asthma alone, unless there is an accompanying infection.
Asthma symptoms and shortness of breath can be worse if there is an infection in the lungs at the same time. This could be a bronchitis or pneumonia. If changes are seen on a chest xray, then it is likely to be a pneumonia. Either way, you should be seen by a doctor.

In brief: Not asthma alone
Fever is not seen in asthma alone, unless there is an accompanying infection.
Asthma symptoms and shortness of breath can be worse if there is an infection in the lungs at the same time. This could be a bronchitis or pneumonia. If changes are seen on a chest xray, then it is likely to be a pneumonia. Either way, you should be seen by a doctor.
Dr. Himanshu Wickramasinghe
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Fever, how high?
Since viral infections often trigger an exacerbation in patients with asthma & fever is associated with viral infections it's common to have fever with asthma.
Atelectasis (lung segment deflation) may occur in asthma & is associated with fever. If fever is high or if your respiratory symptoms don't respond to medication as expected get in contact with your physician to rule-out pneumonia.

In brief: Fever, how high?
Since viral infections often trigger an exacerbation in patients with asthma & fever is associated with viral infections it's common to have fever with asthma.
Atelectasis (lung segment deflation) may occur in asthma & is associated with fever. If fever is high or if your respiratory symptoms don't respond to medication as expected get in contact with your physician to rule-out pneumonia.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
In brief: Infection...
The fever indicates that there is an infection present.
It could be acute bronchitis or even pneumonia. You need to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If it is a bacterial infection, you may need antibiotics and if it is viral, you may need symptomatic relief (antibiotics are not effective).

In brief: Infection...
The fever indicates that there is an infection present.
It could be acute bronchitis or even pneumonia. You need to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If it is a bacterial infection, you may need antibiotics and if it is viral, you may need symptomatic relief (antibiotics are not effective).
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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