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What are the symptoms of the flu in people with asthma?

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Call your doctor if you experience flu or asthma attack symptoms, including:

Call 911 if you are having trouble breathing.

  • Increased shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Coughing up increased amounts of mucus
  • Yellow- or green-colored mucus
  • Fever (temperature over 101 degrees Fahrenheit) or chills
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Sore throat, scratchy throat, or pain when swallowing
  • Sinus drainage, nasal congestion, headache, or tenderness along your upper cheekbones

From: Asthma and Flu WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu." National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Asthma Patients Urged to Get Flu Vaccine" and "Respiratory Viruses Can Trigger Asthma Attacks." Mayo Clinic: "Asthma: Cold and Flu Action Plan." American Academy of Family Physicians: "The Flu."


Reviewed by William Blahd on January 3, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu." National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Asthma Patients Urged to Get Flu Vaccine" and "Respiratory Viruses Can Trigger Asthma Attacks." Mayo Clinic: "Asthma: Cold and Flu Action Plan." American Academy of Family Physicians: "The Flu."


Reviewed by William Blahd on January 3, 2017

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