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Here’s an interesting note about me—I have asthma!  Another interesting note, I’m a letter carrier which means I work outside all the time.  Here lately, I have had trouble controlling my asthma.  Just a couple of weeks ago, I had an asthma attack at work.  It was a very rainy, cool, and humid day.  I haven’t had an attack in ages!!  I left work, went to my dr., she gave me a breathing treatment, a sinus cocktail shot, and a script for a z-pack. I have a nebulizer at home as well as a few inhalers scattered around the house for “just in case“.  If you or anyone you know has asthma, how do they keep it under control?  Mine is acting up again, and I’m not interested in a job change!  HELP!!



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      Inakika wrote Nov 24, 2008
    • I also have asthma. I’ve been lucky so far, I haven’t had a bad attack in years. I was hospitalized a few years ago after the flu brought on a severe attack, I spent 5 days on oxygen.
      I’ve moved from California to Louisiana in the last few years and I thought the humidity would do me in but it hasn’t.
      I do use steroids, but not as often as I used to. I also try to remain calm, I noticed that stress brings on attacks. I monitor the weather as far as pollen counts are concerned and I’m cautious if I hear that there are elevated levels. And I try to drink lots of water and I take vitamins and fish oil supplements. WHEW!



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 24, 2008
    • I’ve had asthma since childhood, sometimes so debilitating I can barely walk. I’ve been in the emergency room more times than I can count.

      I still struggle but about 10 years ago I was given flovent. It changed my quality of life! I was able to run and exercise outdoors for the first time in my life.

      Lately with managed health care doctors seem to give whatever the drug companies want them to. I take advair right now. It’s made by the same company as flovent. It has the flovent component which is a steroid and a bronchodilator such as albuterol.

      It’s my understanding that the albuterol opens the air ways and then the fluticasone keeps the inflamation from returning, thus keeping the breathing clear for hours. I still like flovent better. I’m working on my doctor to give it to me again.

      I also take flonase. It seems as if keeping my nasal allergies under control decreases mucus production overall and my asthma is easier to control.

      If you ever want to talk at length and compare notes, add me to your friend list and private message me. I’m a veteran to asthma.

      Hope this helps
      Cynthia



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      Fxydiva wrote Nov 24, 2008
    • Inakika, my doctor also said something to me about a stress related asthma attack, but I honestly think the weather had alot to do with it because today, it rained again, for the first time since my last attack, and I got a little wheezy today too.  She also gave me a script for singulair, which I don’t think is working.  Gonna give it some more time to kick in.  

      Chocolatier, I have used Advair also, thanks for reminding me!  I have used so much stuff to try keep it under control, I can’t really remember what worked!!  But I do remember now that Advair did work, and I used flonase nasal spray because I do have seasonal allergies.  But what seems to work best for my seasonal allergies is the sinus cocktail shot she gives me every spring.  I guess she gave me the shot a few weeks ago because it does have a steroid in it, in addition to taking to the z-pack. I’m going to call her tomorrow to get her to call me in some Advair, because with Christmas fast approaching, I desperately need to be at work!!  Look for my friend request!!



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      Dennie05 wrote Nov 24, 2008
    • Advair contains an inhaled steroid (reduces the swelling of the airways) and is needed for maintenance of asthma.  It is not a “rescue inhaler” such as albuterol, combivent or xopenex (which are bronchodilators- relaxes the smooth muscles of the airways which inturn reduces wheezing).  My daughter has asthma, and she needs to take singulair whenever her symptoms begin or a change in weather.  Singulair, along with an inhaled steroid has been the best in the maintenance of her asthma.  And above all, if you do SMOKE or around secondhand smoke.....STOP NOW!  It will only get worse.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 24, 2008
    • My 17yo son has asthma. He takes nutritional supplements which keep it under control. He had an attack last year during the winter. It was the first one he’d had in a long time. My 6yo son also had a couple of attacks last winter. It is scary! This sounds strange, but it has worked for my kids. Both boys (Christopher when he was younger) tend to get a whooping type cough at the same time they have attacks. I am not sure which comes first... but popsicles helped both of them. I actually had a doctor recommend it. The icy coldness of the popsicles soothes and reduces the swelling. I think another factor is that for kids, it calms them and helps them to think of something else. I get them the all fruit popsicles, and keep them in the freezer just in case.



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      Linda Hendricks wrote Nov 25, 2008
    • I have asthma.... I developed it suddenly when I was 25.  I struggled with it for years.... I, too, almost died... I went into respiratory arrest.... it took 2 epinephrine shots and 5 breathing treatments to get me conscious... they finally determined allergies were the main problem.  We had a cat that had to go ... the way they explained it to me... every allergen adds to the problem until something pushes the body over the top (like a cold)... in my case it was dust (we had just built a new house), the cat and a cold.... I’m allergic to just about everything that grows and breathes... luckly our dogs don’t bother me.. and they‘re mostly outside.

      Things improved drastically but I still had problems wheezing until I got on Advair... within days I could do stairs again... for me, it is truly a miracle drug.... it was like night and day...I have had no symptoms since going on Advair...none at all.... I went on it as soom as it came out ... about 2001... I thought my asthma went away and I tried to stop using it... within 3 days the tightening of the chest came back...so I’m resigned to the fact I’m okay because of the Advair....I haven’t needed my rescue inhaler at all... I think I used it once when I had a chest cold about a year ago... I still carry one though... you never know

      I try to do whatever I can to improve my environment so that I don’t irritate my allergies... and I also find drinking lots of water helps.... when I was having problems (before Advair) I made sure not to eat heavy meals when my asthma was bothering me and if I was really having bad problems I ate very very light (mostly liquids)... my doctor recommended it ... and it seemed to help significantly

      Just be forewarned.... Advair made the top of the list of drugs doctors voted they would never take or give to a family member... apparently it has risks that could make your asthma worse.  I never had a problem and I’ve never known anyone to have problems with it and I do know other people that have been on it... talk to your doctor about it... it gave me a new life



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      Fxydiva wrote Nov 25, 2008
    • Thank all of you ladies for replying to my question! Luckily, I’m off work today and I’m calling my doctor and asking for an script for Advair.

      Dennie05- I give the “stinkeye” to anyone who smokes!  Never have, never will.  Both of my parents smoked, my dad, who is no longer with us, passed away a couple of years ago with cancer of the esophogus, and I’ve been begging my mom to stop smoking.  

      Happymomma-  My symptoms start out pretty much like your boys—the coughing!  OMG!!  It’s nerve wrecking.  I too have found something cool really soothes the bronchial passages and helps out alot.  

      Linda08- I’m am so glad your ordeal turned out ok! An attack is a very scary thing! I too didn’t develop asthma until well into my 20’s, but have always had allergies.  I think cats are cute, but I am deadly allergic to them.  I have a house dog, a cute little shih-tzu, who is supposed to be hypo-allergenic, and I don’t think any of my symptoms are attributed to him.  He “flounces” around alot and I don’t sneeze or anything when he’s playing!  Mine too are dust related as well as weather changes.  Funny you mentioned not eating a full meal when an attack is coming on, because I felt horrible one evening after dinner cause I could barely breathe!!  Thought I was too full!!  LOL  Thanks for the advice and the info about Advair, but I gotta get me some!!



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 25, 2008
    • Michelle,
      The supplements my son takes help alleviate the symptoms of allergies. I can’t say he doesn’t have them anymore, but they don’t bother him when he is on the supplements. Basically, they restore proper communication which prevents the allergy attacks. He is allergic to just about everything too - dust, mold, pollen. Thankfully that hasn’t transferred over to animals yet. Before, he would have constant nose bleeds (I guess from dust mites?), and get the horrible cough/asthma attacks every spring and fall.
      We try really hard to keep from getting colds because I know if either of the boys get that cough we are headed towards an attack.



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      Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 25, 2008
    • Yep-taking supplements have kept my allergies in check and have eliminated my usage of any inhalers for asthma.



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      Dennie05 wrote Nov 25, 2008
    • You are right....supplements can help with immunities (IMO).  My intire family, including my astmatic daughter has been drinking Monavie for the past year, and NONE of us have been sick.  Not even a cold (knock on wood....).  She rarely takes her inhalers or meds anymore.  Could be a combination of her age (they said she would probably “grow out of it” and she is 18) or just better health and nutrition.  Who knows...but I’m not about to stop and test the waters!!!



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