I’m hoping someone can help me, but not very optimistic as some of the posts I’ve read seem to contradict my symptoms.
I have IPF and am just on the edge of the final stages. I can’t complain, I was diagnosed in 2009 and have had a good run, but daily living is now becoming a strain. One of the main problems I have is steamy atmospheres, which means I struggle in the shower because once the room fills with steam I start to cough and get very breathless. The same is true for the kitchen. Even standing in front of the microwave sends me off, because when I open the door to get food out the steam rushes right up and off I go again with the coughing. Yes, I do open windows and have extractors, but they don’t seem to solve the problem. My long-suffering husband has now had to add cooking and helping me shower to his list of caring duties, and I’m left feeling a useless burden.
From the posts I’ve read, most of you seem to find steam beneficial, but even the small amount coming off a hot cup of tea can set me off. Does anyone else suffer like this? If so, what can I do about it? Or is it just like other symptoms, learn to live with it?