Asthma or Cold? What’s the Difference?

It’s officially flu season and everyone is taking the necessary precautions to avoid getting sick. For those that have asthma, the cold weather and catching the flu can worsen or trigger asthma symptoms. This is why you have to take the necessary precautions to avoid getting sick, as well as learn to tell the difference between a cold and asthma symptoms.

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ThinkstockPhotos-101198548Even though it may seem like people who have asthma and a cold sound the same, there is a difference  where the problem starts. With asthma you are dealing with the lower airways inside your lungs and with a cold you are dealing with the upper airways. With asthma, the lower airways inside your lungs are called bronchial tubes and these are inflamed, which is why you get asthma attacks. When you get a cold, it mainly affects your nose and throat.