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Respiratory

Asthma

Cold and Flu

Cough

Sore Throat

Asthma

Asthma is an inflammation of the air passages in your lungs, causing constriction and mucous production. This results in coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Asthma may be hereditary and/or caused by environmental allergies. Asthma triggers may include smoke, pollens, animal dander, dust, perfumes, certain medicines, cold air or physical exertion.

Symptoms

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness

Self-Care

  • Have your condition monitored by a healthcare provider
  • Take your medications as prescribed
  • Avoid allergens that trigger symptoms
    • Use an air conditioner to limit exposure to environmental allergens
    • Limit dust in your home environment
    • Avoid exposure to animal dander
    • Avoid smoking and smoky environments
  • Use a peak flow meter to monitor your air flow
  • Keep your body in good physical shape with regular exercise

Additional Resources

Mayo Clinic: Asthma

WebMD: Asthma in Teens and Adults

Cold and Flu

Click to view the Colds and Flu Fact Sheet.

Cold Symptoms

  • Usually affect your head
  • Low fever
  • Mild aches and pains
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Cough

Flu Symptoms

  • Come on quickly and affect the body all over
  • High fever
  • Headaches
  • Body pains (often severe)
  • Sometimes a runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat

Causes

Both colds and flu are seasonal and both are caused by viruses.

Self-Care

  • Get a yearly flu vaccine
  • Wash your hands often
  • Try not to come in contact with people when they have a cold or the flu
  • Get regular exercise
  • Eat well
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Drink lots of liquids
  • Take over-the-counter medicines for aches and pains
  • Use a cool-mist vaporizer in your room
  • Gargle every few hours with a solution of ¼ teaspoon of salt dissolved in 1 cup of warm water
  • Drink tea with lemon in it

Additional Resources

WebMD: Cold? or Flu?

Mayo Clinic: Common Cold

Cough

A cough is a way for the airway and lungs to clear themselves. A cough can be caused by dry air, smoke, infections (colds, flu and bronchitis), asthma, allergies and postnasal drip.

Symptoms

  • Reflex Cough – cough that comes from a problem area elsewhere like the stomach
  • Productive Cough – cough that brings up mucus
  • Nonproductive Cough – a dry cough

Self-Care

  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Take over-the-counter cough medicine
  • Don’t smoke. Avoid secondhand smoke
  • Humidify your bedroom
  • Cough drops or hard candy

Additional Resources

WebMD: Coughs

Sore Throat

Causes

  • Viral illness such as colds, respiratory flu or sinus drainage
  • Dry air
  • Allergies
  • Throat strain (from talking or yelling excessively)
  • Bacterial illness such as strep throat
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (acid from your stomach backs up in your throat)

Symptoms

  • Sore throat
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • White discharge on tonsils
  • Fever
  • Painful swallowing

Self-Care

  • Don’t smoke and avoid exposure to smoke
  • Increase fluids
  • Gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp. salt in 8 oz. water)
  • Use throat lozenges
  • Tylenol or Ibuprofen for pain
  • See a healthcare provider if you have:
    • a fever of 101 or higher
    • severe pain or swelling in the throat
    • pus in your throat, or
    • have been in contact with someone who has strep throat

Additional Resources

Mayo Clinic: Sore Throat

Medline Plus: Pharyngitis

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