Asthma and Colds
How Can I Prevent Colds if I Have Asthma?
Good hygiene can decrease viral infections such as colds. Prevent the spread of cold viruses by making sure you and your family members wash your hands regularly.
Another way to protect yourself is to get a flu vaccine every year. Like colds, the flu is caused by a virus and can trigger asthma problems.
What Can I Do When Asthma Symptoms Get Worse With Colds?
Ask your doctor for a written asthma action plan during your next visit. This plan may suggest that you increase the dosage or frequency of the medications that you already take when a cold causes your asthma to worsen. Your plan will specify when symptoms warrant a call to your doctor. In addition, you should eliminate or avoid environmental factors that may be contributing to the asthma attack such as smoke, allergens, cold air, or chemicals.