coronavirus with asthma

Apr 26


People with a low immune system stand a high chance of getting infected compared to people with a high immune system. A low immune system is caused by autoimmune problems like diabetes, lupus; arthritis, thyroiditis among others, allergic reactions like asthma, eczema, sinusitis, allergies and food sensitivities among others, infections and also diseases.

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People with asthma among other respiratory diseases stand a high chance of serious complications from the coronavirus as compared to other people. This is because COVID-19 also affects the respiratory system and can cause pneumonia-like lung infection which is very deadly to people with asthma.

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Asthmatic people should take extra precautions and keep taking their medication as well as consulting their doctors in case of any emergencies. It would also help if they kept a record of their attacks and triggers to make it easier to detect any unusual complications.

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The symptoms of an asthma attack are exhaustion, signs of a cold like a runny nose, nasal congestion, a tickling throat, shortness of breath as well as wheezing, chest tightening and also coughing. If these symptoms are not immediately treated, they evolve to the following bluish lips, lack of airflow in the lungs that results in a silent chest, a very faint and slow heartbeat and the patient gets very confused. 

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These symptoms have triggers which may be one, several or all of the following, exposure to pollen, exposure to animal furs such as cat or dog fur, smoke, chemical fumes, very strong perfumes, lung infections, strenuous exercise, cold weather, dry air, gastroesophageal reflux, and emotional stress.

COVID-19 symptoms appear from 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms are a high fever, coughs, runny nose, sore throat and shortness of breath. After the virus’s incubation period more serious symptoms start to show. These symptoms are troubled breathing, bluish lips or face due to lack of enough air in the lacks, the patient gets confused and very persistent chest pains. 

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This is caused by an infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Other symptoms have been recorded to be as a result of the coronavirus. These are like digestive issues like diarrhea experienced by about 3% of china coronavirus patients. Nausea too was experienced by 5% of the people infected by a coronavirus in China according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Chills and muscle pains have also been recorded in 14% of coronavirus infected patients.

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The similar symptoms between COVID-19 and asthma are the runny nose, coughs, shortness in breathing, bluish lips, and chest tightening. This is because both diseases affect the respiratory system thus, they have an impact on breathing and the body processes that are affected by the lack of enough air thus the confusion in both cases.

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The differences are that the sneezing in asthma is usually very consistent but in coronavirus, sneezing is not as consistent. The best way to ensure that you were just having an asthma attack and nothing more is by consulting your doctor immediately for treatment as they will help you know the difference. You can also get tested for coronavirus to be 100% sure that you are not infected or start treatment as soon as possible.

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