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Can an infection trigger an asthma attack?

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Call your doctor if you have any signs of a possible infection that can trigger an asthma attack, such as:

  • Increased shortness of breath, trouble breathing, or wheezing
  • Coughing up increased amounts of mucus
  • Abnormally colored mucus
  • Fever (temperature over 101°F) or chills
  • More fatigue or weakness
  • Sore throat, scratchy throat, or pain when swallowing
  • Sinus pressure or drainage, nasal congestion, or headaches

From: Infections and Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: "Indoor Environmental Asthma Triggers."  American Lung Association: "Controlling Asthma Triggers."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 29, 2019

SOURCES:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: "Indoor Environmental Asthma Triggers."  American Lung Association: "Controlling Asthma Triggers."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 29, 2019

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