young child uses inhaler

In part one of this series, we discussed the importance of an Asthma Action Plan, the difference between long-term medicine and quick-relief medicine, and how to identify and avoid triggers. There is much more to know about asthma, including the effect flu has on an asthmatic person, how to spot a potential flare-up, and what to do if the flare-up is severe. Keep reading to discover the answers to these frequently asked questions.

What effect does the flu have on an asthmatic person?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause serious problems for an asthmatic person. If an asthmatic person has the flu, his airways may become inflamed. Inflammation will lead to the narrowing of the airways and could trigger asthma symptoms such as:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing

The best way to fight asthmatic symptoms is through understanding asthma triggers, how to avoid them, and what to do if a flare-up occurs. (If you have any questions about asthma, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brauer.)

How can I spot a potential asthma flare-up?

It’s incredible that the body may give signs of an upcoming asthma flare-up before any symptoms occur. Certain signs may include your child complaining of feeling weird, displaying a difference in mood or behavior, or looking ill. Don’t ignore these signs-before-symptoms, as it can allow you to remove your child from the asthma trigger before a flare-up occurs.

What should I do if the asthma flare-up is severe?

If the asthma flare-up is severe, your child’s quick relief medicine (inhaler) should be used. An inhaler pushes medicine straight to the lungs to relax the muscles and help your child be able to take a deep breath. Don’t hesitate to call for medical help.

If you have questions about asthma, make an appointment with Dr. Brauer: 270-228-2811.