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Place for living~severe asthma

MilanaR
MilanaR
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Where is good place for living with severe asthma?

Thanks, and hug.

Milana.

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emmasue

Wish I knew. I think for me it would be somewhere cool and dry but I don't know where that would be. I can't afford to move anyway. :-(

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MilanaR
MilanaR
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I also can't afford to move, but I'd like to live somewhere healthier. I am from Serbia and it is very polluted here and health care is very bad. I have traveled a lot and have stayed for a longer period of time than Vietnam, Dubai, Italy, Finland etc. Scandinavia does not suit me at all because it is very humid. I feel more comfortable with the dry climate. How is the weather in England in winter?

Sorry for my english, :)

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elanaoali
elanaoali
in reply to MilanaR

It depends where you live. I live in the South West of England and its always humid and wet here. So not the best for asthma.

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emmasue
emmasue
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It is very humid here. I used to live in America. The benefit of living here to living in Pennsylvania is that there is no ragweed of which I was highly allergic. The humidity doesn't help, but neither does heat. I spent 3 weeks in Pennsylvania this summer and the heat was unbearable. I wonder if that's why I got so ill this summer. At least it doesn't normally get so hot in England.

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MilanaR
MilanaR
in reply to emmasue

What is ragweed?

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emmasue
emmasue
in reply to MilanaR

webmd.com/allergies/ragweed...

Sorry I didn't reply sooner. My daughter was in hospital. She's home now.

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Wheezycat
Wheezycat
in reply to MilanaR

Anywhere in Great Britain is far damper than Scandinavia, or at least Sweden. I lived there for many years and you can really feel the difference. So if you find Sweden too damp, then Britain is really not for you.m

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Junglechicken

Yes, the UK is very humid all year around (about 80% on average).

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MilanaR

It is very difficult to breathe. 😔 This winter i going to south Cyprus and i hope there I'll be ok.

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Junglechicken

My mum always said that when we went on holiday to the Mediterranean when a was a chick, my breathing was always so much better. The air is drier in that part of the world.

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MilanaR

Yes, i looking weather and be very good november and december.

Same here, when I was young i be a lot of time in Croatia and Montenegro and help me a lot. When i back home, every time back in hospital :(

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Junglechicken

Yes, I spent 2 weeks in Croatia many many years ago. Beautiful place. I’d never seen black and white squirrels before until I went. It’s right up there on my favourite holiday list😀

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Singinglouder

I’m in Cyprus at the moment, and it’s fine - but my peak flow is exactly the same as it was in Dorset at the beginning of the week. The Cypriot coast can get very humid in summer, tho my mother (who lives here) says the east of the island is better, and the air in the mountains is always fresher. I like the air in the more northerly Greek islands - Kefalonia, Zakynthos and that area, which I find less humid, even right on the coast (tho I’ve never been there in August). Hope you enjoy Cyprus, anyway.

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MilanaR

I going to ayia napa, this is east? I going this time because not full people, not hot and good for walking and seat near sea and sure, take good air because here in Serbia terrible.

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Singinglouder

Yes, Ayia Napa is the right end of the island - Paphos is the bit that gets more humid, especially in summer - I usually visit my mother in November or January. Have a great time!

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MilanaR

I writing how i feeling and my asthma after Cyprus. Thank you :)

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gillbee

I have severe allergic asthma, my main trigger air pollution. When in Wales I hardly exacerbated. Saying that my Consultant said it was important I leave where I was living and we moved to Hamble. 12 miles from where we lived. My lung function in 6 months has gone from 48% up to 88% and I don’t need to take theophylline anymore! I checked with the environment Agency website about the areas with lower air pollution when deciding to move. County of Lincolnshire also had low air pollution.

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Geogeor
Geogeor
in reply to gillbee

Which type of air pollution did you look for low levels of? The Env Agency site has levels of different types of pollution - did you just look for an average?

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gillbee
gillbee
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Hi I went for generalised air pollution ie heavy traffic etc in built up areas as my main trigger is building dust and the last 7yr close to in front, behind and to the side of my house a Sainsbury’s mega store, massive block of student accommodation, old people’s nursing home and new flats! On top of 40mg pred daily for 5yrs, 3 steroid inhalers, theophylline, monklust, fexafendine and 6-8 nebs a day and going from size 14 to 28 with a steroid hump on neck. I still couldn’t really breathe!! Since moving in February I’ve had nebs 6 times total!, NO hospital admissions, no GP appointment for asthma. Not on any pred and no theophylline and down to size 20-22!! For me this is life saving!!!

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Geogeor
Geogeor
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Yours is a powerful story of how we can harness data to our advantage. Thanks!

I will bear this in mind.

So glad you are healthier and no doubt happier.

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Geogeor
Geogeor
in reply to Geogeor

And yet you didn’t have to move very far!

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gillbee
gillbee
in reply to Geogeor

Exactly, It took me talking to an asthma patient on the ward as nurse to follow my own professional advice!! Asthma is REVERSIBLE That’s one of the main Diagnostic indicators that it is asthma and not COPD or any other respiratory condition. Write down your triggers and work through how you can minimise and reduce the likelihood of an exacerbation. As your respiratory consultants to see if your a candidate for any asthma trails.

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MilanaR
MilanaR
in reply to gillbee

Wow 48% to 88% my is about 52% and allergia + bronhitis + severe asthma. Sometimes I am very tired and lonely and start feel like depresion because some days (nights) hard for me.

Here is very bad Air Pollution, like in India citties.

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gillbee
gillbee
in reply to MilanaR

Big hugs I know it’s scariest at night when you struggle and feel lonely. People drop off very quickly when you are chronically ill. I also took part in the LASER study and could have it for 4yrs after study. I have it for another year. See if you can get one. It goes over while you sleep. Also I have anti IeG injections every 4 was. The side affects suck for a few days but this has also been a massive game changer for me.

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MilanaR
MilanaR
in reply to gillbee

yes, people leave when they see you are ill, Life partners left me when see how difficult it was.

What is laser study? In Serbia is very bad health insurance and poor country. Very difficult go to pulmolog doctor, somethimes not have doctor for us.

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gillbee
gillbee
in reply to MilanaR

asthma-treatment.org.uk

Himalayan salt lamps not the knock off ones seem to be effective as well as a cheap version of maintaining health

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MilanaR
MilanaR
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Yeees i know, thanks

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Ayeup

My husband and I are looking at Murcia region in Spain. Due to health insurance costs and Brexit etc we couldn't afford to emigrate fully but going there for a few months at a time would help I think. I've got allergic asthma and currently undergoing tests for severe asthma.

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444nM

In my case a damp atmosphere is bad, I think it is to do with mold and fungi in the air. I don't know what climate would be best but I feel that a dry desert atmosphere preferably at high altitude would be best. We are all different so it is hard to tell exactly.

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Geogeor
Geogeor
in reply to 444nM

Mediterranean? Difficult with Brexit of course. Which is better - coast or inland?

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444nM
444nM
in reply to Geogeor

Hard to tell. It would be useful to have feedback from people living in different environments. The main problem is that each person has a slightly different biochemical make up and all are affected by different conditions. Asthma is an autoimmune reaction for the most part. ln my case the cause of my asthma was a flu jab in 1984 resulting in an altered chromosome function that affected my enzyme and hormone ratios. The flu jab left me with asthma, thrombocytopenia and a chicken egg intolerance.

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jdylm

I'm in the U.S. Best climate for me is Arizona, especially outside of the large cities -- desert, dry, hot hot hot. While folks living in the desert still have allergies, I find that even the desert dust doesn't bother me like the humidity and pollen of the East and Midwest. (BTW, ragweed is a weed that releases pollen, which causes or at least exacerbates allergic rhinitis.)

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peege

Hi. I'm surprised that you found Sweden bad for your asthma. I lived there many years ago and found the air so clean & dry.

Recently I moved out of a very green area of London to South West of England and have had far fewer exacerbations/infections. The damp, humid weather is hard to cope with.

Anywhere there is heavy traffic & diesel fumes would be very difficult for asthma.

In my opinion warm dry areas and/or sea air are far better.

Good luck to you. P

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