Problems with your nose, sinuses, or throat can make your asthma symptoms worse. These
upper respiratory problems can include a cold, sore throat, and the flu.
can help to prevent these illnesses by washing your hands often. Also try to stay
from people who are sick. You and others around you should cover your nose and mouth
when coughing or sneezing. You can also use a hand cleaner that has at least 60% of
ethanol or ethyl alcohol in it if you can't wash your hands with soap and water. Many
offices and businesses have them available for use. You can also keep small bottles
work, in your car, or in your purse. And get a flu shot every year.
people with asthma also have long-term problems with their nose (rhinitis) or sinuses
(chronic sinusitis). These problems can give you a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing,
throat, coughing, or headache. These problems may also make your asthma worse. The
symptoms may be from infections or allergies (see Allergies below). Tell your healthcare
provider if you have any of these symptoms. There are medicines and other treatments