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.
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.
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!