Asthma and H1N1 : A dangerous combination?
Asthma as a pre-existing condition makes one more vulnerable in the case of swine flu.
Asthmatics need to take special precautions in this season of swine flu pandemic.
(CBS) Asthma is the most common chronic medical condition found among people hospitalized for H1N1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So, if you have asthma, what do you need to know to protect yourself?
CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton said people with asthma are at such high risk for H1N1 complications because they are at high risk for respiratory complications.
Ashton said people who have asthma have lungs that are more susceptible to inflammation. If their lungs are infected with any upper respiratory infection, such as H1N1, they are then more prone to pneumonia and asthma exacerbation, which can turn into more critical health issues, Ashton said.