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Asthma and viruses: What you need to know as we head into cold and flu season

 It’s that time of year: Cold and flu season. The days are getting shorter and cooler, and before you know it, it’ll be winter. Cold and flu season can be scary if you or a loved one suffers from asthma. Upper respiratory tract infections can cause major asthma exacerbations. We all know about good hand […]

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 It’s that time of year: Cold and flu season. The days are getting shorter and cooler, and before you know it, it’ll be winter.

Cold and flu season can be scary if you or a loved one suffers from asthma. Upper respiratory tract infections can cause major asthma exacerbations. We all know about good hand washing, covering our mouths when we sneeze or cough and taking care to stay home when ill. These are all good things, but if you have asthma, you might need a little more information.

What can you do to stay healthy during cold and flu season?

Get a flu shot

If you or a loved one has asthma, talk to your doctor about a flu shot. Influenza still causes significant morbidity and mortality every year. Generally, flu season runs November through March so you still have time to get vaccinated. So roll up your sleeve and get it today!

Keep it under control

You should be heading into cold and flu season with your asthma already well controlled. Control is defined as follows:

– Rescue inhaler use less than twice per week

– No limits on physical activity, and no nocturnal symptoms

– No recent trips to the emergency room or urgent care for an exacerbation

Talk to the medical experts at Midwest Allergy about what you can do to get – and keep – your asthma under control.

Don’t hesitate to go to the doctor

If you suspect you’re getting sick, call your doctor right away. Keep him or her in the loop about your symptoms so if they worsen, you can get prompt treatment. Sometimes a little prevention can stave off a bad attack or hospitalization.

Midwest Allergy

The medical experts at Midwest Allergy are here to help you navigate cold and flu season if you or a loved one has asthma.

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