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Pediatric Asthma: Infections


The cold and flu season can be hard for children with asthma. An upper respiratory infection, even a common cold, can make asthma worse. Viruses are the most common causes of upper respiratory infections. Antibiotics do not affect the virus or the associated inflammation. They are not usually indicated unless a bacterial infection develops. There may be atypical bacteria associated with asthma which need special antibiotics.

Actions You Can Take

  • Hand washing has been shown to be the most effective way to prevent the spread of common cold viruses.
  • This can help even with close contacts in the home, school and day care center.
  • Influenza and other flu-like illnesses increase and prolong asthma symptoms. Your child’s doctor may recommend a yearly influenza “flu” vaccination.
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