Living with Asthma
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Have you identified any activities which trigger your asthma attacks?

What do you do to try and prevent these attacks?

Respond and reply to others in the comments below! :)

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Try not to go out when it’s cold and try and stay away from sick people. Stay away from mold and dust house.

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I am triggered by all of the usual things. I have exercise induced and even prior to being diagnosed sometimes my heart rate would increase as did my respiration’s and I would feel just awful and would rest and usually finally throw in the towel and go home. I’d have to lie down and hour before I’d feel better. I wonder now what my says were. I had to quit the gym but pretreat before getting on my treadmill or doing yoga.

I also have allergy induced asthma. I avoid cats! I reduce time outside unless it’s a temperate winter day. My reaction to gas fumes and car exhaust are intense so I have to ride with Windows up and ac or heat on unless it’s temperate and I’m in the country . Cleaning chemical are a terrible trigger too unless the natural type. I buy friendly cleaners for the office staff to use and wear a mask in those isles at the store. Extreme cold sets me off so I wear masks. Extreme hot gets me so I bribe someone to start my car and ac when I can :-). My period triggers attacks within 72 hours usually. Lastly, when I am sick (from sinus infection to Rocky Mountain fever) the telltale that something is brewing is my asthma flares.

It’s a challenge living in this world!

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To prevent attacks. I take my medicine regularly and I know my triggers which I keep away from as much as possible I take vitamins and eat and exercise regularly so I keep fit and healhy

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My 7 year old son has asthma and its triggered by allergens, cold weather and pets (esp. cats). He's on all of the preventive meds but even those sometimes are ineffective and we end up in ER. My husband who also had asthma as a child grew out of it and we are on a quest to do the same. My next move is to try Chinese Traditional Medicine with acupuncture. A friend went that route with promising results so I am hopeful.

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What is Chinese Traditional traditional Medicine? I'll try anything to improve my quality of life.

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Exercise is a big trigger. I like to do water aerobics when I can and when I am out walking I sit and push fluid. or use rescue inhaler.

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Good morning! Triggers: mold and dust; wood smoke; exercise or exertion (carry something, esp. upstairs 10lb+); frigid air; phonation; INFECTION.

Use rescue inhaler before exercise or exertion; avoid carrying heavy loads or pushing them ( esp. if I have infection). Mask when cleaning house, working in garden; and potential contact with irritants. Just keep mask in plastic baggie in pocket.

Avoid wood smoke; avoid or mask and scarf in cold air and breathe through nose. Make conscious effort to breath through nose; purse lip breathing. Use relaxation breathing and meditation. Phonation issues- breathe through nose, purse breathing and limit talking if laryngitis is issue.

Avoid infections!! This is must for me with Primary Immune Dificiency. So I have adapted to having mask handy and letting go of embarrassment wearing it!

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My biggest trigger are my allergies and overdoing it when I work out, or do lots of walking. If I get a bad cold that also triggers my asthma, so I also have prednisone on hand to help keep my lungs and airway open. If I have to go somewhere that lots of walking is involved I take breaks and rest every so often. If I feel a bad cold coming on I try and get it under control before it gets bad. When I workout I take it easy and always have my rescue inhaler on me.

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Exercising in the cold not a good Idea, dust and smoke also not good.

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Take my medicine as prescribed

In damp weather I try to stay inside

In the winter time I avoid crowds due to illness

Take flu and pneumonia vaccine

Read and research asthma articles and other literature for new therapies

Avoid high humidity and extreme cold weather conditions

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Rescue inhaler and coffee before moderate exercise due to exercise induced asthma .

Try to avoid crowds due to being easily infected lungs . Try to keep bedroom very clean .

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Too many triggers to name each and every one. Outdoor allergies, mold, exercise, some foods, and Big time- stress. I try to avoid the ones I can. Otherwise preventive measures. Stress is hard to avoid or prepare for. Oh yes, cold weather, and infections. It’s all play it by ear, mostly.

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Stay inside when its really cold, use allergy mattress covers, an pillowcase covers for dust mites. Have an air purifer beside my bed an vaccum about every other day to try an cut down on dust. Household cleaning products ( have to use natural) cologne perfume !! Stay away from crowds.

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i only have asthma symptoms when i get sick then i get sicker for a long time

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I take all of my daily meds regularly and keep prednisone on hand because bronchitis comes very quickly. Warm humid weather causes more issues for me then cold does so I keep my home very cool. I have to remind myself to slow down a lot because I can't do the normal things I used to without causing issues and having to use my rescue inhaler more then I'd like. No perfumes or scented products other then natural (lavender is my favorite). I limit dairy and eat only light evening meals. They say to avoid stress but that is pretty much impossible for most. The hard part is trying not to overthink when symptoms flair up because that just intensifies everything for me. Having this forum has helped a lot, knowing what others are experiencing and not feeling so alone in all of this. :)

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Flying insect spray will do me in every time. Just a whiff sets my asthma into over drive and then its prednisone time for two weeks. It used to be dust as our old home was wall-2-wall carpeting and drapes on every window. Our new home has all laminate & tile floors and blinds on all windows; this alone has helped lower my triggers substantially. Weather changing (hot to cold) will sometimes set things off, but the temperature change will have to be at least a 20 degree change within an hour or two.

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Dust, excessive cleaning. Looking at new sublingual dust therapy. A night of partying will bring on asthma, avoid booze.

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Morning! Checked for question yesterday ( Saturday). Are you skipping weekends ?

Thanks,

Mary

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Hi Mary,

Yes, questions will resume today!

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Anything that involves running or very cold weather or fast weather change (going from outside to inside) triggers asthma attacks for me. To prevent the exercise induced part I do a neb treatment or use my inhaler before hand. For the cold weather I use a cold weather mask

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Housework that has dusting involved. I try to work fast and get it over and then take a puff if it is needed but if that does work I normally take a breathing treatment.

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I am exercise induced and also environmental. I have problems with household cleaners, strong smells, showers, if my lungs are already irritated, super cold air, and dust.

Running is not successful for me yet, but I am so much more controled than I was two years ago when I couldn’t climb one small flight of stairs or walk across my college campus. Now I live on the third floor and climb 4 flights every day.

Air purifiers are my best friend.

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my triggers are anything that is scented. one breath of anything that includes perfume air freshners cleaning products hairspray anything sets my asthma off. very bad. I use breo and rescue inhaler.

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