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Old 12-17-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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Cold and Flu Season

Well.. cold and flu season is upon us. I feel like everyone I work with is hocking up a lung lately. I got a flu shot, I take vitamins and I wash my hands constantly. Yet, here I am with a head cold and cough this weekend.

How do you get through cold and flu season? Do you have to increase your meds this time of year?

So far so good, I haven't had increased asthma symptoms yet with this cold. However, I'm so scared that every cold I get will turn into bronchitis after my terrible bout of bronchitis in September. Keeping an eye on my peak flows and crossing my fingers..

Any tips on preventing a cold from turning into bronchitis? I'm not sure if there's anything else I can do but rest.

 
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Re: Cold and Flu Season

Well, you should have an asthma action plan from your doctor that outlines what to do - add meds, etc - in case of illness.

That being said, the way I avoid colds (and I work in an elementary school where they run rampant) is to keep Alka Seltzer Plus for colds in my purse and take one whenever I feel the SLIGHTEST throat tingle, sinus pressure, etc. Haven't had a full fledged cold in at least a decade by doing this.

 
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Re: Cold and Flu Season

Decongestants, fluids, basically keep the mucus thinned down so it doesn't let a bacterial infection settle in.

Thus far I've had 2 colds since developing asthma. Neither one flared my lungs, thank God, though for me asthma is mainly an allergy thing.

 
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Re: Cold and Flu Season

Thanks for the tips!

My Dr said I could increase my Flovent dosage and use my nebulizer if I get sick. Even though it hasn't moved to my chest I increased my dosage just in case it does. She also said I can give her a call anytime I'm struggling and get a burst of prednisone.

It's so frustrating to get sick when I was doing so well! I had stepped down my Flovent dosage and was doing great, hopefully this cold doesn't get me off track.

I finally bit the bullet and got some Tylenol Cold and Flu today. I normally try to stay away from decongestants because they make me wired but in this case I really needed one. Hopefully tomorrow I can make some improvements!

 
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