Colds and flu

Updated 11 July 2014

Flu and smokers

Smokers are definitely more likely to experience the adverse consequences of flu infections.

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  • Smokers are definitely more likely to experience the adverse consequences of flu infections.
  • It may be helpful for smokers to take vitamin C to help ward off colds and flu.
  • In smokers, the cilia (the tiny "brooms" of the airways which clear the lungs) are already damaged. An important defense mechanism of the airways is therefore compromised.
  • A respiratory assault (from a flu virus) can further damage the surface of bronchi, leading to bronchitis. Secondary bacterial infection is usual in this context.

Reviewed (2006) by Dr Jane Yeats MBChB, BSc(Med)(Hons)Biochem, FCPathSA(Virology).

 

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
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