Common cold, as you know is a minor problem. For many of the people, it is just a routine problem. But if you are more sensitive and has asthma, this apparently harmless cold may induce an asthma attack. It hits underage children and young adults more.
If you are already aware of your sensitivity, preventing colds and flu is only one way to reduce the risk of asthma attack. Other changes, such as lifestyle, food, exercise and daily routine may help to minimize the risk further.
Colds and Asthma- What is the connection?
The common cold is a condition, which exhibits itself as a runny nose, sneezing, persistent cough and nasal congestion. It is not actually a disease but a reaction of the body. Unfortunately, all the elements of the common cold are capable of triggering an allergic response or asthma attack.
Not only it can induce asthma at the particular time but also it can affect your overall health. It may cause a difficulty in a breath, which further enhances the damaging effects of common cold. If the symptoms gradually increase and take a longer time to heal, it is the right time to seek medical assistance.
The management of asthma lies in recognizing the triggering elements of the condition. The only way to reduce the risk is to avoid the triggers, which may affect the body and abruptly initiate a reaction.
Can you prevent the common cold?
A common cold is highly prevalent and doesn’t take an extreme effort to control. There are many things that you can do to reduce the risks for your health. Some of them are as follows.
- Try to avoid a close contact with a person suffering from flu.
- Completely avoid a physical contact with a flu patient.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, and face frequently, especially when common cold is viral. You may indirectly transmit the infection to yourself.
- Try to cover your mouth and nose whenever you feel like sneezing. It is better to use a tissue paper or napkins so that the infected vapors do not spread.
- Improve your diet and add healthy alternatives to junk and unhealthy food.
- Eat fresh, clean and simple. Avoid fermented and frozen foods.
- Give a proper rest to your body. Make a habit of sleeping at least 8 hours in one day.
- Try using antibacterial cleaners to clean your hands.
- Make sure that the surfaces that are directly in contact with you are cleaned with surface antibacterial cleaners.
- Use antibacterial hand wash and soaps.
- Try to wash your hands and face whenever you meet an infected person.
Cold and Asthma Treatments
Fortunately, there are so many products available over the counter, which can help to reduce or end the severity of an infection. For common cold-induced asthma attack, the home remedies may make the symptoms worse.
Also, the safety and effectiveness of the home based tips and basic medicines are not fully evaluated. Do not try a new medicine on your own or on a recommendation of any non-doctor person around you. Do not take any supplements before talking to your doctor.
Some of the basic things that you can do to get relief from cold-related asthma condition are as follows.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Take liquid diet.
- Take soups to break up nasal congestion and to provide relief to your throat.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or any other over the counter medicine for fever, sore throat, and body pains.
Remember that these ideas of using common medicines by you don’t apply on underage children. If the patient is a person below the age of 18, using self-medication is not the right choice. It may increase the health risks or possibly cause serious side effects.
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Do not give the patient aspirin or any product that contain aspirin. It is because aspirin has the risk of developing a rare, life-threatening condition called Reye syndrome sometimes
Rye syndrome arises when a person uses aspirin or any product containing aspirin during a cold-related asthma attack. If you are suffering from cold and having symptoms of asthma, make sure to get medical help before it gets out of your hands.
Future complications of common cold and asthma
If you are already having a cold, an asthma attack will make your immunity weak. It will target your defense system and you will fall for a serious or even life-threatening health condition. These infections can make the common problems like cold, flu and asthma worse.
Some of the complications, which a common cold may get in future, are as follows.
- Acute/Chronic Bronchitis
- Ear infections
- Sinusitis and others
Having asthma with cold can be quickly healed with a number of easy life hacks. Try to take plenty of drinks, which will balance the body fluids. Seek an immediate medical help if you trouble breathing during an asthma attack.
Try to rest while taking medicines; this is the only way you can make your cold infected asthma attack by getting serious.