Tuesdays are Your Turn – Cold Symptoms & Flares
Today’s reader response comes from my email and asks a question I used to have myself, back during the early days:
In an old post on your site, you mentioned that you used to mistake your daughter’s asthma flare-ups for colds (please forgive me if I misread). I am currently under the impression that the only thing that triggers my daughter’s asthma is the common cold, because her flare-ups are accompanied by other cold symptoms.
Before she was on preventative medication, she had one very serious flare-up that started with a cough and progressed to an ER visit; after the flare-up was under control, she spent the next few days going through cold symptoms such as a runny & stuffy nose, productive cough, etc. But could that runny nose have been a result of the asthma attack? How can I be sure there was actually a cold virus involved? What if it was something else that set off the worst flare-up she’s endured – how can I differentiate?
I hope this question made sense… she’s only four, she’s had three colds in the past two months (though no ER visits, thanks to her meds), and I just don’t want to be misinterpreting anything. I guess my question boils down to, would you see a runny, stuffy, and/or yellow-green nose during an asthma flare-up if there isn’t a cold involved? – Jenny
My answer’s coming later as soon as time permits, so meanwhile why don’t you take a shot at it? Got any advice for Jenny?