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Sunday 18 December 2011

Influenza and asthma

If you have asthma, it does not mean that you are more susceptible to the flu. However, you run the risk of complications from influenza and acute infection because you have the upper airways swollen and sensitive and that in these circumstances the flu virus can cause an intense inflammation of the upper airways and lungs.

Your flu can trigger asthma attacks and aggravate asthma symptoms. Among the complications from influenza, pneumonia and found other outbreaks of respiratory problems.

People with asthma are not the only high risk of influenza complications and acute infection. People with diabetes, heart disease, weakened immune systems, and many others with chronic medical conditions are also at risk. Are you at risk of flu complications?

You can take a few provisions to protect yourself from the flu:

  •     wash your hands the right way (at least 20 seconds with soap and water) and frequently;
  •     avoid places where there are lots of people, and stay home if you think you have the flu.
  •     cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow (not your hand!)
  •     eat healthy foods and practice regular physical exercise to strengthen your immune system;
  •     Get vaccinated. Your doctor may recommend yearly influenza vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine;
  •     control your asthma. Take your medicine, avoid your triggers and follow the action plan against asthma recommended by your health care provider.

If you get the flu anyway, it is essential to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as you notice the first signs of flu symptoms. Do not wait until your symptoms worse. People with asthma should make an appointment with their doctor immediately so that we can begin treatment. Early treatment with antiviral medication can help to reduce the risk of influenza complications. Talk to your doctor taking advantage of the Guide for the discussion with the doctor.

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