This article explains Infections and bronchial asthma, symptoms of an infectious disease, how to prevent the development of infections that cause asthma and much more.
Infections and bronchial asthma
If you have bronchial asthma, then upper respiratory tract infections, such as a cold or flu, can affect the lungs, causing inflammation and a sharp narrowing of the airways. It is very important to constantly take appropriate measures to stay healthy and recognize any symptoms of asthma, even minor ones. This will help prevent more severe asthma attacks.
What are the symptoms of an infectious disease?
Call the doctor immediately if you suspect the slightest of the following symptoms of an infectious disease that can cause asthma. It is also worthwhile to call a doctor when these symptoms of an asthma attack appear:
- Severe shortness of breath, shortness of breath or wheezing
- Cough with phlegm (increased amount of mucus)
- Slime yellow or green
- Heat (temperature above 38º) or chills
- Increased fatigue or weakness
- A sore throat or pain when swallowing.
- Stuffy nose, headaches or sensitivity of the upper cheeks
How can I prevent the development of infections that cause asthma?
- Proper hygiene reduces the likelihood of developing infectious diseases. Regular washing of hands with soap in hot water by all members of your family will not spread the infectious disease.
- Be interested in the possibility of vaccination against influenza every year. In addition, discuss the possibility of vaccination against pneumococcus or pneumonia (pneumococcus is a common cause of pneumonia, which is especially dangerous for people diagnosed with asthma).
- Sinusitis and asthma at the same time – a very dangerous combination. Be attentive to the symptoms of sinusitis and at their first appearance, immediately consult your doctor to prevent it from developing.
- Auxiliary breathing apparatus should be kept clean. Do not allow others to use your medications for asthma, including inhalers, aerosols, an aerosol tube with a mouthpiece.
What if I have an infectious disease?
If you have asthma and signs of an infectious disease, contact your doctor and find out how to prevent an asthma attack.