Can a cold trigger an asthma attack?

If you get a cold, the flu, or some other respiratory illness, you might notice that it's harder to breathe. But is that because of the respiratory illness or because of asthma? The truth is, it could be a little of both if you have a history or asthma. A cold, flu, or sinus infection can cause inflammation and sinus secretions that interfere with your breathing. But the respiratory illness itself also might hamper breathing by triggering—or exacerbating—an asthma attack. If you have asthma, call your doctor at the first sign of a respiratory infection.

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