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What is asthma and how does having a cold affect you if you have it?

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Asthma is a long-term lung disease that affects about 24 million Americans. If you have it, a cold can make your symptoms worse. You might find it harder to breathe.

Also, some medications, like antihistamines, can thicken mucus, making it harder to cough up when you have asthma.

From: Colds and Chronic Medical Conditions WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold."

American Lung Association: "A Survival Guide for Preventing and Treating Influenza and the Common Cold" and "COPD -- Learn More, Breathe Better."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Cold and Flu: Tips on Feeling Better."

American Heart Association: "Cold and Flu Medication for People With High Blood Pressure."

CDC.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 10, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold."

American Lung Association: "A Survival Guide for Preventing and Treating Influenza and the Common Cold" and "COPD -- Learn More, Breathe Better."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Cold and Flu: Tips on Feeling Better."

American Heart Association: "Cold and Flu Medication for People With High Blood Pressure."

CDC.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 10, 2017

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