Asthma attacks can be caused by infections like tracheostomy, allergies to nuts, chemical stimulants, and air pollution. During asthma, patients often have symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, angina and cough at night or in the early morning.
Usually, asthma can be prevented by limiting exposure to pathogens and by using the right kind of asthma medication.
People with asthma are at higher risk for influenza and have complications from the flu
Although people with asthma are less likely to get the flu, flu can be more severe in people with asthma, even if their asthma is mild or their symptoms are being controlled by medications. This is because asthmatics are swollen and sensitive to the trachea, and the flu can cause more tracheostomy and lung disease.
Influenza infection in the lungs can cause asthma attacks and worsen asthma symptoms. It can also lead to pneumonia and other acute respiratory illnesses.
In fact, adults and children with asthma are more likely to develop pneumonia after influenza than people without asthma. Asthma is the most prevalent among children hospitalized with influenza and is one of the most widespread health problems among adults admitted to hospital.
If you have asthma, you need to follow these steps to fight the flu
People with asthma every six months or a year should get one dose of flu vaccine to protect themselves from the flu: Vaccination is the first and the most important step in protecting against the flu. Get regular flu vaccines to have a lasting safety resistance in people with asthma. You can contact the Preventive Medicine Center, vaccination clinics, medical facilities for influenza vaccination.
Plan asthma control and do it with your doctor
Follow this plan for daily treatment to control long-term asthma and treat when the disease worsens or when asthma attacks.
If your child has asthma, make sure you update and fully implement your child’s asthma prevention plan. Talk to your doctor, teacher or school health worker and people who meet or live with your baby regularly.
If you have asthma and have flu symptoms, consult your doctor immediately
Fully adherence to the instructions and treatment of the doctor. Flu treatment should be started as soon as possible because antiviral therapy works best within 48 hours after the onset of symptoms.
Antiviral drugs can make your flu less severe and make you feel better. They can also prevent serious health problems that can lead to the flu.
There are daily preventive actions to prevent the spread of the flu
- Stay at home when you are sick, especially acute episodes. Stay away from others, especially young children, pregnant women, the elderly, people who are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw away the tissue. If you do not have a sheet of paper, cough or sneeze into your hand or sleeve, then wash your hands.
- Wash your hands often, properly with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and handle, touch, shake hands.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently exposed at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
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Review Date: May 25, 2017 | Last Modified: May 25, 2017
CDC, Flu and People with Asthma, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/asthma/. Accessed on April 11, 2017.
WebMD, Asthma and Flu, http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-guide/flu-vaccine-and-asthma#1. Accessed on April 11, 2017.