Problems with your nose, sinuses, or throat can make your asthma symptoms worse. These
can include a cold, sore throat, and the flu.
can help to prevent these illnesses by washing your hands often. Also try to stay away
from people who are sick. You and others around you should cover your nose and mouth
when coughing or sneezing. You can also use a hand cleaner that has alcohol in it if you
can't wash your hands with soap and water. Many offices and businesses have them
available for use. You can also keep small bottles at work, in your car, or in your
purse. And get a flu shot every year.
people with asthma also have long-term problems with their nose (rhinitis) or sinuses
(chronic sinusitis). These problems can give you a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, sore
throat, coughing, or headache. These problems may also make your asthma worse. The
symptoms may be from infections or allergies (see Allergies below). Tell your healthcare
provider if you have any of these symptoms. There are medicines and other treatments
Other long-term (chronic) problems include COPD (chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease), bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, and vocal cord dysfunction.
In children, conditions linked to asthma include:
- Cystic fibrosis
- Breathing in an object that gets stuck in the airways or
lungs (foreign object aspiration)
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
- RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)
Talk with your healthcare provider if you were diagnosed with any of these health
conditions as an adult or as a child. Ask about available treatments to help manage