, °F

Personalized Forecasts

Featured Forecast

My Favorite Forecasts

    My Recent Locations

    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.


    201x266_10131801_200x265_1512_asthmacommoncold


    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.

    Report a Typo

    Continue Reading on myOptumHealth.com >

    Comments

    Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.

    More Weather News