by Gigi Suchan
People with asthma are more prone to respiratory infections. When a person with asthma gets sick, complications can arise that prolong and exasperate the illness. In turn, any respiratory illness can trigger and intensify asthma attacks.
Colds and Flu
Colds and flus are caused by a virus that can result in pneumonia if left unattended. Even the common cold can bring on serious asthma attacks.
Sinusitis is an infection of the sinuses caused by allergies, viruses or bacteria. The more severe a person's asthma is, the worse the sinusitis can be.
Bronchitis is the condition in which a person cannot quit coughing for long periods of time. Bronchitis can be the result of an infection or can be brought on by other lung irritants such as cigarette smoke.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus is like a bad cold that attacks the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, which can lead to pneumonia, particularly in infants. Infants who get RSV have an increased risk of developing asthma later in life.
Pneumonia is a severe lung infection caused by a virus or bacteria that can cause serious illness in asthmatics. It causes chest pain and coughing, along with fever, chills and shortness of breath.