A respiratory illness, also referred to as a respiratory infection, is a primary trigger of asthma. If an asthmatic person develops a respiratory infection, their body will try to force the infection out by producing symptoms such as a cough or runny nose. A fever and sore throat are often accompanied by a respiratory infection. These symptoms can cause an asthma attack to occur, so it is vital to be prepared and educated.

What is a respiratory illness?

A respiratory illness occurs when a virus enters your body and travels to your respiratory system (lungs, throat, sinuses, or airways). Common respiratory illnesses include:

  • Bronchitis
  • Common cold
  • Covid-19
  • Influenza
  • Parainfluenza
  • Pneumonia
  • RSV
  • Sinusitis

If I have asthma, what should I do if I develop a respiratory infection?

A proper diagnosis will help you know exactly how to proceed with caution and confidence. Once you know which respiratory infection you have, follow your doctor’s orders concerning treatment. Dr. Brauer is happy to discuss how to use your inhaler, asthma medication, and more. Preparedness and education are key to calmly navigating asthma attacks and flare-ups.

How can I avoid contracting a respiratory illness?

Asthmatic and non-asthmatic people alike want to avoid respiratory infections. The viruses linked to respiratory infections enter your body through your eyes, nose, or mouth and travel to your airways. To reduce the likelihood of the virus entering your airways, consider these tips:

  1. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  2. Clean your asthma inhaler regularly.
  3. Do not share breathing gear or equipment.
  4. Maintain your HVAC system and change the filters.
  5. Wash your hands often with hot, soapy water.

Why does a respiratory infection make my asthma worse?

Because your lungs are inflamed or irritated due to asthma, a virus entering your lungs can aggravate your asthma. Treating your asthma and respiratory illness is vital to keep your airways open and conditions under control.

Make an appointment with Dr. Brauer to discuss asthma or respiratory illnesses and appropriate treatment options: 270-228-2811.