syntaxofthings: ([BSSM] Jupiter Thunder)
[personal profile] syntaxofthings posting in [community profile] asthma
My area of the world has finally lifted the chains of winter and bloomed into lots of rain but definitely above the 40s spring, and with that has come pollen. Now I know I don't have allergies. I have tested negative again and again and again. (ETA: I say this because doctors have agreed for 10+ years that I have asthma, and are often surprised that I don't also have allergies.) But this spring, every time I step outside my chest constricts and I start coughing, which are definitely asthma-related symptoms. Every single time! And I love being outside in the spring! ;_;

No dripping nose, no itchy eyes, no allergy type of symptoms, just asthma. And like I said, I've never had this happen before. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I keep wondering if it'll go away or if I should talk to a doctor or what. It's really starting to upset me, since I have a ton of other things going on at the same time.

Date: 2011-06-01 06:13 pm (UTC)
herlander_refugee: My tattoo'd back to the world (Default)
From: [personal profile] herlander_refugee
Pretty much life here. Asthma does not go away, by itself OR with meds. I get particularly pissed off at a recent Advair ad with folks talking about how long they've had asthma and how symptoms "keep returning."

It is a lifelong disease if it starts in adulthood. Meds will help but not cure it. It is an inflammatory disorder and mitigating the issue is the best one can do. I think asthma is on the rise and worsening with climate change and more pollution---this is why people like me who only peaked a couple times a year now have issues that last longer.

Oher than doctor prescribed, and often problematical meds; what helps is supplements that help fight inflammation. Fish oil caps....especially salmon help me. And other Essential Fatty Acid supplements. Coffee helps me, too.

Good luck. And yes, you CAN develop an allergy at any time in your life.

Date: 2011-06-01 06:29 pm (UTC)
herlander_refugee: My tattoo'd back to the world (Default)
From: [personal profile] herlander_refugee
Some folks swear by qwercetin (I think I mangled that spelling). For me, as I said essential fatty acids like primrose oil and flaxseed oil help a lot; and salmon oil. I make sure to keep my vitamin C up and watch for a mineral balance, too. If I start wanting chocolate, I figure my magnesium is low---and that worsens my coughing. A very large help has been to take Vitamin D-3 supplements daily. And tho' not a supplement, coffee does act as a broncho-dilator and that gets me thru the usual morning hack-hack routine.

I have both allergies and asthma and they can play off each other like Klingon freaking opera.

Date: 2011-06-01 07:07 pm (UTC)
herlander_refugee: My tattoo'd back to the world (Default)
From: [personal profile] herlander_refugee
You are welcome...I am in the Pacific Wet-West and near enough to a big mountain's weather pull that clouds ARE the rule, not the exception.

Magnesium hunger also accompanies the monthly female blissitude of menstruation. But they've found that dark chocolate not only satisfies the craving, but helps control coughing.

Date: 2011-06-01 07:14 pm (UTC)
herlander_refugee: My tattoo'd back to the world (Default)
From: [personal profile] herlander_refugee
LOL...well, now you can tell the roomie it is for science and medicine! I limit my own, for some reason it seems to tweak UP my inflammation, but I think it is non-chocolate ingredients I am sensitive to that cause that.

Date: 2011-06-01 06:37 pm (UTC)
jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jenett
Tumeric is also linked as an anti-inflammatory (you can cook with it, or you can get capsules of it pretty inexpensively.)

My lungs seize up a bit at certain times of year - I don't have spring pollen allergies, but in the fall, I get that chest tightness and coughing, even though I don't have other allergy symptoms (I do test allergic for mold, ragweed, and a few other fall pollens.) It's also partly the weather - long cool damp is pretty miserable for me.

If you're not already running an air filter in your bedroom, I really recommend that: it helps a lot in managing asthma for me, and it's especially helpful for that sort of low-grade symptom that gets really tedious.

Date: 2011-06-01 07:31 pm (UTC)
jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jenett
Basically, what you really want is something that's HEPA certified - I've had decent luck with both Honeywell and Holmes models.

Most of the less expensive models rely on a fan that pulls air in through two layers of filter (a carbon filter that gets out bigger particles, and then the HEPA filter that gets smaller ones). You do need to adjust it to the size of your room (i.e. a small bedroom will need a smaller filter than say, if you live in a studio apartment where air - and therefore allergens - circulates through the entire space very easily.

The downside to these is that you do need to replace the filters periodically (typically the carbon filter every 2-3 months, and they're pretty cheap, and the HEPA filter less frequently - some of them you can vacuum.) Both are usually pretty regularly available at places like Target/Walmart/home supply stores.

My most recent air filter purchase (I typically got 3-5 years of constant use before the fan started going out on me), I realised that I am lousy about remembering to change the filters. After some research, I picked up this model (the P1000 is the one I have, and i got it for a little cheaper than that.)

It's very effective for mold, and somewhat less effective for pet dander (I have a cat), and pollen (because those are heavier particles, and the passive intake system won't grab them as easily), but I find it works really well for me. It's also totally silent, and totally maintenance free other than occasionally dusting the top.

Date: 2011-06-01 07:08 pm (UTC)
herlander_refugee: My tattoo'd back to the world (Default)
From: [personal profile] herlander_refugee
I'm so glad you mentioned tumeric! Ginger is likewise good; I used to buy them both bulk and make my own capsules. Then my capsulizing toy broke....

Profile

The DW community for asthma patients

July 2012

S M T W T F S
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Sep. 24th, 2017 07:28 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios