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    Old 03-05-2004, 04:42 AM   #1
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    Does having asthma cause constant upper respitory infections?

    Hi! I started having my asthma problems in October, with upper respitory infections, etc. By the time we got it all under control, it was December. I was well for 6 weeks, then got another upper respitory infection and strep. Two weeks of antibiotics and I was better. Now, two weeks later, I've got another upper respitory (am calling Dr. today). What gives? I'm so tired of these. Could it be the pneumonia shot I had last week? Does anyone else get constant ur infections? Thanks!

     
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    Old 03-05-2004, 05:15 AM   #2
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    Re: Does having asthma cause constant upper respitory infections?

    Did u have asthma all your life or were u only diagnosed in October? If u had it b4, have u ever had these infections before as frequently as u are having them now? What medication (were) and are u on now?

    There is a huge chance of u developing frequent infections if u are taking steroid inhalers as they lower the immune system very effectively.

     
    Old 03-05-2004, 05:32 AM   #3
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    Re: Does having asthma cause constant upper respitory infections?

    I've had asthma for the last 10 years. Have only used my albuterol inhaler a hand full of times per year. I had other inhalers, but found I was "ok" without them. Now, since October I have what I call "full blown" asthma. I am on singular 1x per day, flovent 220 2x per day, albuterol when needed, flonase 1x per day. My asthma appears to be under control with the above meds, just certain triggers, cold air, getting upset (I have a job that tends to lend itself to that) can get me going. Thanks for answering...am going to call DOC in 1/2 hour and hopefully he can help. I just saw him 2 days ago for a check up and was fine!

     
    Old 03-05-2004, 06:00 AM   #4
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    Re: Does having asthma cause constant upper respitory infections?

    OK but have your infections gotten worse/more frequent since starting the meds or have they always been like that? What are the symptoms of full-blown asthma? Are u gettin wheezy almost every day now?

     
    Old 03-05-2004, 12:20 PM   #5
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    Re: Does having asthma cause constant upper respitory infections?

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    Hi! I started having my asthma problems in October, with upper respitory infections, etc. By the time we got it all under control, it was December. I was well for 6 weeks, then got another upper respitory infection and strep. Two weeks of antibiotics and I was better. Now, two weeks later, I've got another upper respitory (am calling Dr. today). What gives? I'm so tired of these. Could it be the pneumonia shot I had last week? Does anyone else get constant ur infections? Thanks!
    Yup yup. I've had bronchitis 3x, pneumonia once, countless colds all since i've been diagnosed/on medication 4 asthma..which was last March!
    Hoping 2 get tests done soon as i'm starting 2 think I may be somewhat immunocompromised or have some kind of imbalance.

     
    Old 03-05-2004, 12:32 PM   #6
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    Re: Does having asthma cause constant upper respitory infections?

    I have always had problems with respiratory infections, ever since I can remember and way before I ever started taking meds for asthma. I get the common cold and a week later I've got bronchitis. I am sure that its true regarding the medications, too. But,I heard another explanation just last week from an allergist. I am allergic to dust, when the heat kicks on in September, my allergies/asthma get worse. Because my body is constantly fighting the allergens, my immune system gets compromised and I'm more susceptible to picking up other illnesses. Whatever the explanation, I am usually sick from September until it starts getting warm and then I have a few months of respite. I would hate to see how sick I got though if I wasn't taking all my medications.

     
    Old 03-05-2004, 12:52 PM   #7
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    I have always had problems with respiratory infections, ever since I can remember and way before I ever started taking meds for asthma. I get the common cold and a week later I've got bronchitis. I am sure that its true regarding the medications, too. But,I heard another explanation just last week from an allergist. I am allergic to dust, when the heat kicks on in September, my allergies/asthma get worse. Because my body is constantly fighting the allergens, my immune system gets compromised and I'm more susceptible to picking up other illnesses. Whatever the explanation, I am usually sick from September until it starts getting warm and then I have a few months of respite. I would hate to see how sick I got though if I wasn't taking all my medications.
    I've never heard that theory before but it makes a lot of sense!
    That's why then you tend 2 get sicker when your going through a flare up then.
    Though some of us are allergic 2 pollen and NEVER see relief year round..=(..

     
    Old 03-05-2004, 04:16 PM   #8
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    I have asthma and chronic bronchitis.. I've had 14 bouts of bronchitis this year and pneumonia twice. One right after another. They're thinking it's allergies now. From what I understand, allergic bronchitis is common in asthmatics.
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    Old 03-06-2004, 02:07 AM   #9
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    Re: Does having asthma cause constant upper respitory infections?

    Thank you everyone for your responses. I've "always" gotten an upper respitory infection 1x-2x per year, but now seems constant since my asthma has gotten worse. I have (don't remember the name, duh) the kind of asthma where I really don't wheeze but cough...and yes, it's gotten much worse since I've been on all the meds so that might be one of the answers-the inhaled steriods. Dr. put me on prednisone and an antibiotic yesterday. Right ear is hurting again, so must have ear infection too. He didn't want to see me since I was coughing on the phone (he heard that) and he had just seen me two days ago for my check up and I was great.

    Thanks to all who responded...I'll just figure that this is par for the course with the inhaled steriods and my airborne allergies.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

     
    Old 03-08-2004, 12:40 PM   #10
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    Re: Does having asthma cause constant upper respitory infections?

    I have exactly the same symptoms and tend to get broncitus 4 to 6 times per year and pneumonia once or twice a year too . And my only real "good time "is late spring to early agust (then it hits me again).My doctor finally decided it was asthma in the last year (dhh ). And i'm just getting over a bought of pneumonia now (5 weeks this time and i can't seem to kick it ) but i'm feaking my husband out beasuse i'm having a really hard time in the night breathing (plus the whistling sound coming from my breathing keeps both of us awake )Good to know i'm not the only one out there going threw this! Hope your doing OK now.

     
    Old 03-09-2004, 08:40 AM   #11
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    Re: Does having asthma cause constant upper respitory infections?

    my daughter went through her whole life with constant upper respiratory infections.... bronchitis, pneumonia, RAD until we FINALLY got her to a specialist and he put her on Advair and Singulair and she has been stuffy and a slight cough but hasn't had a FULL BLOWN infection in the three months she has been under his care

     
    Old 03-10-2004, 02:12 AM   #12
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    My understanding is that the Singulair is a leukotriene antagonist and being on that, there is much less need for inhaled steroids. The combination of both allows asthma symptoms to disappear without compromising the immune system. If u were on high doses of inhaled steroid alone u would see the effects.
    By the way, what are your doses for those meds?

     
    Old 03-10-2004, 08:36 AM   #13
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    Re: Does having asthma cause constant upper respitory infections?

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    Did you have an epidural when you had her?

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    yes, I did have an edipural........ I have four children. She is the youngest (6 years old) and also the only one I had an epidural with and also the only one with these problems(so far)

     
    Old 03-11-2004, 07:52 AM   #14
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    wow- that is so interesting. My daughter is also very limited to the foods she will eat. We didn't know she had asthma/allergies but got frustrated when year after year without fail she would get pneumonia, bronchitis, RAD and every year it would get more severe. Several friends suggested we take her to a specialist and she did in fact have allergic asthma. She just always seemed stuffy and she ALWAYS coughs a terrible cough..... Thanks for the info. I am anxious to look into it.

     
    Old 03-12-2004, 10:24 PM   #15
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    Re: Does having asthma cause constant upper respitory infections?

    I've heard that asthmatics don't get any more URTI than those w/o asthma, but asthmatics do have URTI much worse than those w/o asthma. Well, this is what my dr told.......

     
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