Flu Increase Asthma Symptoms


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For you to understand how the flu increases asthma symptoms, you must understand what the flu is and what asthma is before you can link the two together causing a catastrophic illness.

The Flu

The flu is extremely contagious, meaning that if you have the flu, you can pass this disease on to another person. Some believe that the flu is same flu every year and it is not.

The strain of flu changes from year to year. Researchers study the past year’s flu cases to determine how to make the following year’s flu vaccinations.

The flu is known as a respiratory illness, meaning that the flu attacks the lungs and upper and lower respiratory system of its victims. The flu can come in the form of influenza A or B virus and mimics the common cold.

Real cases of the flu can be life-threatening to those who have a weakened immune system or who chronically fight lung deficits.

If you have any lung conditions and there are nearly thirty, such as these few listed, you increase your risks for serious problems.

  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Chronic Pneumonia
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pleurisy
  • Croup
  • RSV
  • Tuberculosis
  • Sleep Apnea

Any lung condition weakens the state of your lungs. Weakened lung tissue sets you up for a higher risk of developing flu complications.


Asthma is chronic, meaning; it is not going to go away. If you have asthma, you can keep it under control by taking prescribed workable medication and eliminating the things in your life causing your asthma to become worse.

If you have asthma, your lungs are in a weakened state and more susceptible to respiratory infections such as seen in the flu, should you contact the real flu.

Asthma caused your air passages to become inflamed and narrowed, causing it harder to breathe. When your asthma symptoms increase your experience may be as follows.

  • Increased Cough
  • Wheeze
  • Experience shortness of breath
  • Have the feelings of a tight chest
  • Increased shortness of breath

Asthma Causes Chronically Weak Lungs

When you have asthma, you are at a very high risk of developing pneumonia, and bronchitis.

You are at an increased danger of contracting the flu from those with the flu.

This higher risk for contracting the flu is because the flu is a respiratory illness attacking the lungs and respiratory system.

Your lungs are already in a weakened state. The ability for your lungs to fight off yet another group of respiratory bacteria is small.

When you take any of these lung conditions and add a real case of the respiratory flu, this equals a health crisis or disaster that can quickly become life-threatening.

Asthma causes a chronic airway obstruction problem. This issue causes a diminished oxygen flow to the lungs and vital organs.

Asthma causes a permanent narrowing of the bronchial tubes. These tubes become easily inflamed when you come in contact with allergens.

Double Trouble

If you get the respiratory flu, it is double trouble for your lungs. You become sicker and your recovery time proves to be longer than someone who does not have asthma.

The airways of your lungs are already sensitive to many things causing the lung tissue to become irritable. Add the flu, another respiratory irritant, and it becomes a serious concern.

If your asthma is stable, meaning you have not experienced increased asthma symptoms, a case of the respiratory flu can exacerbate your asthma.

If you do not have any lung conditions and your lungs are robust and healthy, you have a better chance of fighting off a case of the respiratory flu.

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