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Asthma and Flu

Why does flu and cold trigger asthma attacks?

In an asthmatic, the allergens and the irritants causes the air passages in the lungs to overreact which causes inflammation of the airways. This acts as an asthma trigger and causes the asthma attacks in an asthma patient. In patients who have severe asthma, the flu can cause hospitalization, dehydration.

How to prevent Flu?

One of the best ways to prevent yourself from flu is to avoid being with someone who has flu as it is contagious and if you are asthmatic the possibility of you catching flu is very high.

It is recommended to get a flu vaccine every year.

Other measure to prevent flu is to wash your hands often and thoroughly to protect yourself from the germs.

What measures are to be taken when you have cold or flu?

It is very important for an asthma patient to take precautions and avoid asthma triggers. Even after taking all the measures to stay healthy there are times when you have flu or catch a cold. These are a few steps that are to be taken when you are an asthmatic and have a cold or flu:

Take Rest

Take rest and have lots of fluids. Drink plenty of fluids and have light meals. Donot do any stressful work when you have flu because it might worsen your condition.

Consult your Doctor

You should contact your doctor so that he can prescribe the right mediction for you so that the affect of the flu is reduced. Looking at your condition he may give you flu shots if required

Check your airflow

You should use a peak flow meter to take frequent readings and keep a note of these readings. If you find the peak flow readings are dipping you need to take the necessary asthma medication - adjust the medication as instructed by the doctor. keep a tab on your asthma symptoms When you have flu, it is very important to check your asthma symptoms. You need to make extra effort to check if the symptoms are increasing and if you notice any asthma attack warning signals. In such a case contact your doctor and adjust the medication as required. It is always recommended to keep your asthma medication - asthma inhaler always with you.