Asthma and wheeziness

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    Feb 22, 2009 10:34 PM GMT
    Recently I've been having problems with my asthma. I take Becotide and Ventolin but recently I've found myself wheezing during the day and sometimes at night even though I regularly use the becotide.

    Could it be related to the weather or pollution?
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    Feb 22, 2009 11:14 PM GMT
    Here is a list of triggers for asthma. You need to see your physician. There are other classes of medications that can be used if your current regimen is not working.

    Airborne allergens, such as pollen, animal dander, mold, cockroaches and dust mites
    Respiratory infections, such as the common cold
    Physical activity (exercise-induced asthma)
    Cold air
    Air pollutants and irritants such as smoke
    Certain medications, including beta blockers, aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
    Strong emotions and stress
    Sulfites, preservatives added to some perishable foods
    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which stomach acids back up into your throat
    Allergic reactions to foods such as peanuts or shellfish
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    Feb 22, 2009 11:18 PM GMT
    Yeah. The only time I ever had a problem with it was on a weekend trip to Puget Sound. Crossing the mountain pass from the desert side to the marine side, it was like somebody flipped a switch. Wheezed all weekend. On the way back, it stopped the instant I got back across the pass.
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    Feb 23, 2009 12:18 AM GMT
    Ugh!!.....I have severe Sports induced asthma...Its not fun. I been hospiatized. I'm on inhalers twice a day & steroids stuff. It took forever to get diagnosed. I was dizzy,Short of breath , Chest pain....Symtoms came on over a long periosd of time. I am a firm Belief and so are my doctors, that it was caused by all the Spraying of the Chemical shit that people use on the machines...Ekkkk.....I refuse to use that crap. It literally causes me to get an attack if someone is spraying those anti bacterial stuff. Its killing ALL our lungs. Thank you very much.......icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 23, 2009 12:24 AM GMT
    Hey there Red...as a long time asthma sufferer...I can relate...I workout on a regular basis...but couldn't climb the stairs in my house without losing my breath..and did have some heavy wheezing....I was concerned about using my pump too many times over the course of 10 years...I finally got on a prescription...Advair...It is AMAZING...! I have not used my asthma pump in over 4 weeks now....!! Try it!
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    Feb 23, 2009 12:59 AM GMT
    pedroc954 saidHey there Red...as a long time asthma sufferer...I can relate...I workout on a regular basis...but couldn't climb the stairs in my house without losing my breath..and did have some heavy wheezing....I was concerned about using my pump too many times over the course of 10 years...I finally got on a prescription...Advair...It is AMAZING...! I have not used my asthma pump in over 4 weeks now....!! Try it!


    Advair is the silver bullet on this one. I've been using the last few years when my other meds stopped being effective. It comes in both a discus and now and aerosol. I'm on the discus, but I have heard the aerosol works even better.
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    Feb 23, 2009 1:11 AM GMT
    Weather can play a huge role in asthma attacks. To be technical, though we often think of it as being cold air that's a trigger, the actual trigger is dry air. These tend to go together because colder air is capable of holding less moisture anyway, but laboratory studies in rooms with environmental controls have shown that cold, moist air doesn't induce an asthma attack among people with exercise-induced asthma, while warm dry air does. If you've got asthma and want to go running outdoors and still be able to breathe, your best bet is to do so during or immediately after a rainfall.
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    Feb 23, 2009 7:34 AM GMT
    Hey, I think you could be on to something with the dry air. We've not had any rain in London for a 2 or 3 weeks. Plus the last few days I've been at my parents and they have a house which is carpeted throughout and I know the carpets give me asthma.
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    Feb 23, 2009 7:41 AM GMT
    Agreed on the Advair count. If I ever stop using it, I have a lot of trouble breathing. You get used to being on it, and it works.

    For me, humidity and allergens are bad. If it's really humid out, my asthma kicks in. If I'm around cats or in a house with a lot of chemicals/fireplace going, it kicks in. Weather and pollution could definitely be a kicker, but a big humidity change or air pressure change is most likely the culprit.

    Just go to a physician or better yet, someone who specializes in Asthma. I used to take Ventolin when I was a kid, but isn't that a syrup? Maybe just do some cardio instead of anaerobic exercises, it might help to lower your workout a bit for now.
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    Feb 23, 2009 7:50 AM GMT
    Apologies, in the UK, Ventolin is a brand name for salbutamol.

    Just done a search on Advair and in the UK it's called Seretide Accuhaler, I'll ask my doctor about it.