In an infection induced asthma attack, you will experience shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, fever, fatigue, and sore throat. Most people with asthma also have chronic sinusitis. Sinusitis symptoms include pain in the jaw, forehead, eyes, neck, coughing, fatigue, postnasal drip, etc.
When you contract an infection, then your asthma symptoms are more likely to flare up because of how the infection affects your lungs. The lining of the nose and sinuses can also be irritated by bacterial infections which will trigger symptoms. When the sinuses are irritated, it will produce mucus. The excess mucus will build up, allowing bacteria to grow, and cause sinusitis symptoms in addition to asthma symptoms. Allergens and irritants can be the cause of sinusitis in some cases.
When you begin showing symptoms of an infection, call your physician immediately. You will want to explain what symptoms you are experiencing. Since each infection is different, your physician will treat accordingly. It is important to take necessary measures to stay healthy, but sometimes this is not possible. Treatment is important in order to prevent serious asthma attacks.
In cases where sinusitis is present, the physician will begin by treating sinusitis to eliminate symptoms and make asthma symptoms better. To aid in treatment, you will want to avoid your allergens or irritants when possible. You may be told to use a steroid nasal spray or a decongestant. Make sure that you are told to use these by your physician, as some or overuse may lead to more congestion. If you develop another infection in your sinuses, your physician may prescribe an antibiotic for 10-14 days.
With any treatment, it is important to finish the medication as recommend by your physician. In some cases, ending treatment too early may cause more problems. Continue taking your asthma medication as recommended to keep your asthma symptoms under control. All of the symptoms, causes, and treatments work together, so you must treat them all properly in order to feel better faster.
With infections, you will not only have the symptoms of the infection but also asthma symptoms. You may experience trouble breathing, chest tightness, coughing, wheezing, or trouble sleeping. Other symptoms may include fever, chills, nausea, etc. depending on the infection.
When you are sick, then the airways become irritated. When the airways are irritated, then it is more likely that you will also get sick through sinusitis, the flu, or other infections. When mucus is in the sinuses for too long, then infections will happen. When infections happen, then you are more at risk for an asthma attack.
With any infection, it is important to continue regular asthma medication. Speak with your physician about your symptoms and from there, your physician will recommend a treatment plan. Keeping symptoms under control is the most important part of treatment. If the other symptoms are under control, then the asthma will also be under control.
You must understand what your trigger is so that you are better able to avoid it. If your symptoms are because of the weather, then you will want to spend the majority of your time indoors. Good hygiene is important if you are catching your symptoms from someone else. Be sure to wash your hands regularly. It is also important to cover your nose when you sneeze and stay away from people as much as possible in order to avoid spreading the infection.
Continue with treatments as directed by your physician. If your symptoms are not getting better or getting worse, then call your physician again, especially if you have an increased in trouble breathing. Ask your physician for an asthma action plan. This asthma action plan will help you understand what you should do when your symptoms get worse. For example, if your breathing gets worse, then your physician may recommend taking more medication. The physician may also recommend continuing on preventative medication just to ensure you are avoiding infection as best as possible.
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