Catching a cold is one of the worst ways to start out the Fall season for any individual, however it can definitely take a toll on an asthmatic. Often when asthmatics develop the common cold it goes straight to their chest and they develop a lingering cough. It’s not always easy to avoid getting an illness, however the asthmatic can take preventative action against developing an illness.
• Receive a flu shot yearly. Asthmatics should not receive the flu mist, only the flu shot, as the mist may have the potential to trigger asthma symptoms.
• Wash your hands frequently and refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.
• When possible try to remove yourself from situations where illnesses are present.
• Make sure to take your controller inhaler as prescribed if one is prescribed to you. Taking your controller inhaler as prescribed will help keep your asthma controlled while you are sick. If you do not have a controller inhaler and have lingering symptoms with an illness, you may want to follow up with you asthma specialist to discuss this as an option.
• Use your rescue inhaler as needed, however if you are using your rescue inhaler greater than twice weekly notify your allergist. This is a sign that your asthma is becoming uncontrolled.
If you have any questions about how you can best control asthma when you are sick contact Rocky Mountain Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. You can call us at 801-775-9800.