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Asthma 101 for mandy and gus and anyone else out there

So I have found I have little wisdom to offer this forum with my feeble brain so thought I would share something hopefully educational out there for you asthma sufferers with gus’ recent hospitalization and my snide comment about mandy’s asthma being triggered by her allergy to dave...and cockroaches...which i know is redundant

wrong forum perhaps to post this in but im just concerned about you guys is all.

So asthma is caused by obstruction of the free flow of air in the airways. Obstruction of free flow of air in this pipe, by laplace’s law, is most greatly effected by reduction in the radius of the pipe which is caused by swelling of tissue inside the pipe (inflammation) and constriction of a circumferential muscle outside of the pipe.

Inflammation inside this pipe can be caused by a number of things – breathing in something you are allergic to, stomach acid, infections, fumes etc.

Poor control of asthma is defined as needing a rescue inhaler more than twice a week. If you are using a rescue inhaler more than twice a week you should then be on a daily preventive medication program. These preventive treatments are aimed at reducing inflammation inside the pipe and/or relaxing the constricting muscle that surrounds the pipe.

Monitoring of asthma should be done regularly with a home airflow (peak flow) monitor and a red, yellow and green zone should be identified. Green is total normal air flow. Red is obvious to the patient as it is the zone in which active asthma symptoms are present. The yellow zone is critical as it represents reduced airflow in the pipe but not yet symptomatic – one can intervene at this point with additional medications to prevent sliding into the red zone.

Allergy testing should be considered to identify possible allergy triggers that can be modified (which can include cockroaches).

5% of asthma patients are triggered by simple over the counter anti inflammatories.

5% of asthma patients are sensitive to sulfites which are used in the food industry to prevent discoloration and are used widely in beers and wines.

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Thanks Eric.
Yes they believe my issues are allergic reactions on top of my usually controlled asthma.

I have an appointment on jan10th to see a allergy asthma specialist.

My time in the hospital was spent with them monitoring my heart (congestive failure). Was their main concern.

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I have some kind of asthma, I know that. It's mostly allergy induded. I need to use a rescue inhaler pretty much each day. I've noticed it getting worse of the last 6 months. I've been doing lots of remodeling in the house in the last year and shit is all over the place all the time because I needed to clear out a couple rooms. Also, I've been noticing that we've got some kind of moth problem in the house.

I think my dishwasher leaked water and maybe something started to corrode or mold up, causing this recent moth infestation.

Anywho, in the last 6 months, I started to notice that I am using my inhaler more and more, especially at night and in the morning.

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The doctors refer to mine as "cold induced asthma". I have some breathing issues in the summer but 95% of mine are when I am exposed to cold air. I've been through the allergy tests, and they came back normal except for mushrooms, which I knew already. In the winter I do use my rescue inhalor more than 2 times a week, but the daily stuff doesn't seem to help. I've tried several different meds and my best bet is the rescue when it's really bad and using the neb when I'm wheezing.

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The doctors refer to mine as "cold induced asthma". I have some breathing issues in the summer but 95% of mine are when I am exposed to cold air. I've been through the allergy tests, and they came back normal except for mushrooms, which I knew already. In the winter I do use my rescue inhalor more than 2 times a week, but the daily stuff doesn't seem to help. I've tried several different meds and my best bet is the rescue when it's really bad and using the neb when I'm wheezing.
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I didn't have asthma till I got back from Desert Storm from breathing in all the crap form the burning oil fields. Thanks for the info. I knew most of it but knowledge is power.
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I didn't have asthma till I got back from Desert Storm from breathing in all the crap form the burning oil fields. Thanks for the info. I knew most of it but knowledge is power.
Desert storm? I dint know you where a vet, what branch? what mos? I hope it wasnt 10ADB, was it?

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Thanks Eric.
Yes they believe my issues are allergic reactions on top of my usually controlled asthma.

I have an appointment on jan10th to see a allergy asthma specialist.

My time in the hospital was spent with them monitoring my heart (congestive failure). Was their main concern.

Thanks again
good luck gus. asthma is a more better problem than having congestive heart failure.

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I have some kind of asthma, I know that. It's mostly allergy induded. I need to use a rescue inhaler pretty much each day. I've noticed it getting worse of the last 6 months. I've been doing lots of remodeling in the house in the last year and shit is all over the place all the time because I needed to clear out a couple rooms. Also, I've been noticing that we've got some kind of moth problem in the house.

I think my dishwasher leaked water and maybe something started to corrode or mold up, causing this recent moth infestation.

Anywho, in the last 6 months, I started to notice that I am using my inhaler more and more, especially at night and in the morning.

Good info.
moth infestation? get the mold taken care of. night time asthma is often caused by acid reflux (even if you dont have heart burn symptoms as 50% of acid reflux patients dont have heart burn symptoms - they just have the symptoms where the acid ends up). as you are using your rescue inhaler daily you should definitely be on a daily preventive medication.

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The doctors refer to mine as "cold induced asthma". I have some breathing issues in the summer but 95% of mine are when I am exposed to cold air. I've been through the allergy tests, and they came back normal except for mushrooms, which I knew already. In the winter I do use my rescue inhalor more than 2 times a week, but the daily stuff doesn't seem to help. I've tried several different meds and my best bet is the rescue when it's really bad and using the neb when I'm wheezing.
there used to be a couple inhalers which worked pretty well for cold and exercise induced asthma but they are gone now so i guess you better move south

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I didn't have asthma till I got back from Desert Storm from breathing in all the crap form the burning oil fields. Thanks for the info. I knew most of it but knowledge is power.
i hope the government is doing something for you because of that. i know the VA does all sorts of stuff for veterans with problems from agent orange exposure. thanks so much for your service too

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