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Asthma and Infections

01/30/2007

Question:

My 14 year old son keeps getting infections, he is on a lot of asmtha medicine, his last infection was a rsv, can any other medicine help him?

Answer:

I would suggest starting with the most basic element of preventing infection - handwashing.  Encourage your son to wash his hands before touching his eyes, nose or mouth.  This would include washing his hands before eating or after returning from a public place (school, park, movies, grocery store, etc..).  It is also important to prevent infections through immunizations.  If your son is not allergic to the flu vaccine he should receive the vaccine each fall. 

Asthma increases the risk of getting infections like RSV.  If your son is having frequent infections or infections which appear to clear somewhat but worsen soon after treatment, there may be more going on.  Frequent recurrent infections may be caused by conditions outside the lungs (chronic sinusitis, etc..) or within the lungs (bronchiectasis or others conditions).  Either way, he will likely need to see a specialist to sort things out.

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Response by:

Cathy   Benninger, RN, MS, APRN, C-AE Cathy Benninger, RN, MS, APRN, C-AE
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, OSU Asthma Center Educational Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University