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    The Link Between Asthma and the Common Cold

    By By Louis Neipris, MD, Staff Writer
    October 13, 2012, 9:02:09 AM EDT

    For some adults and children, colds can trigger asthma symptoms, like wheezing. Up to half of people diagnosed with asthma have wheezing along with their cold symptoms. Cold symptoms also linger longer and can become more serious in people with asthma. Colds and other upper respiratory tract infections are the most common asthma trigger, and a frequent cause of emergency room visits for asthma.


    Asthma doesn't have to complicate the common cold. With the right medications and a good asthma action plan, a cold can come and go without a doctor or ER visit.

    How can my doctor help? See your doctor if you think you have asthma, even if you wheeze once in a while or only when you have a cold. Asthma can get worse without warning.

    If you know you have asthma, and colds tend to make your asthma worse, your doctor may help. Medications can control asthma symptoms and even prevent them from occurring. Your doctor may prescribe:

    -A quick relief medicine. This is an inhaler medication that you take when you have symptoms. It can stop an asthma attack from getting worse. -A controller medicine. This is medication used to prevent an asthma attack. It is often an inhaled corticosteroid. You take your controller medicine every day, even when you don't have symptoms.

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