I met with my cons today as I completely changed my meds recently and I think hospital was checking I was still alive and had reacted well to the medicine. I haven't seen this particular cons before (there are 4 in the department and I have now met them all).
Throughout the appointment he said some interesting things:
1) Cold air doesn't affect lungs. He said he was part of a study (over seeing it I mean) where asthmatics were exercising and given either hot or cold (-3degrees) air. Apparently they exercised better with the cold air. Now during winter I thought it was the change from boiling hot in the house to freezing outside that made our lungs freak out but actually because we shut all the windows, never open them and turn the heating up which makes mould spores etc. breed and we react to the spores.
2) Asthmatics tend to over breathe when exercising.
3) Asthma inhalers do not have any effect on babies when you are pregnant (I didn't ask he decided to tell me but I was interested to know). Of course you don't want to stop taking the medicine as you don't want to be low on oxygen when pregnant but he said the inhaled steroids stay on your lungs. He said there was a study in Finland on this....
Also he was saying some womens asthma improves (like his daughters) and some get worse however I did already know this.
4) I am not allowed to scuba dive. The dry air in the chambers of gas they take scuba diving can wreck havoc on sensitive lungs. Also would never want to have an attack 10m under water.... my worse nightmare.
5) I am never allowed to be in the army, be a police officer or fly a plane. I did guess as much for first two and he hasn't crushed any dreams there but it is good to know.
I'm sure there is more but I can't remember right now