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7/10/08 4:54 P

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I've learned a lot from this thread!

My triggers are mainly chemical.

* Bleach is a big one and it hits hard and quick.
* Oil based paint
* Smoke - tobacco and other
* Dust
* Perfumes and synthetic fragrance (how many times to I have to hold my breath on elevators?)
* PESTICIDE - and not just the odor - the residue that you can't smell - worst part is when people don't believe you and think "if I don't smell the pesticide, it won't affect her." I need to have house treated for termites again and I'm scared.

Apparently, I have allergies but I don't know what I'm allergic to.

For cleaners, I usually use microfibre towels, Mr. Clean Majic Erasers, and if I need a spay cleaner, usually Simple Green is fine as long as it is diluted. Vinegar is ok, but I just found out about using a mixture of cornstarch and water for windows.

I've ended up making most of my own soaps so I know what's in them. I do love Dr. Bronner's liquid pepermint soap.

Still looking for a GOOD, homemade liquid dishwasher detergent recipe.

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I usually keep them in there for a minimum of 24 hours,, sealed in those jumbo ziploc bags,, works great!! I also keep 4 extra bed pillows cleaned and stored so I can rotate them while some are drying and freezing,, I bought those huge space bags and store them in my cedar closet in the space bags, but also keep some on shelves in my basement because space bags shield contents from any smell, moisture, etc,, I love them!!
You can freeze comforters, quilts, afghans,etc like this,,, if it is something that you don't feel comfortable scalding in hot, hot water, or leaving in the dryer until completely dry,,(things that would shrink) you can air them out in the house on a non-porous surface after taking out of the dryer and when completely dry, put them in the space bags and store wherever!! They even make them on hangers now! (space bags)
Sleeping bags are things that take up so much space, but after doing this, I also do the space bag thing,,
good luck,, I have doubled my shelf and closet space and we always have clean pillows,, if you live in frigid areas (freezing temp or below) most of the year, like me, I just put them in trash bags and set them out in the garage for a couple days and them bring them in and pack them,, Lin

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5/4/08 11:26 A

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PICKIE98....How long do you keep your pillows in the freezer? I just put my pillows in the washer with bleach.

As of right now I am allergic to dust mites and mold. We do have a dog. (I can't get rid of her) We have ripped up our carpet a couple of years of ago in our bedroom. Has helped. I work for a Pest Control Company and I do wear a mask in their home. Some customers does have cats, dogs, birds, ect. I've been doing that for about 3 weeks now and seems to help.

It is great that everyone is sharing this because I would never have thought to put my pillows in the freezer.....beckbeck4 emoticon

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my allergies trigger mine,just got my doughter ome from outpatient for a brething Tx.. very sick the past two weeks.. pollen and cold Lin

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Hi I'm new. We're just going into winter here and I really struggle with exercising when it is cold and dry.

I also can't use ammonia based bathroom cleaners or window cleaners. A few years ago, I discovered Enjo and have been using microfibre cleaning ever since. It is great and I can do a whole day of housework (if I want to) without asthma / sinus issues.

Other triggers are cigarette smoke. I think I may have a food trigger (I know that if I stew dried apricots I will have an attack) but I haven't been able to work out what it is.

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I'm sorry you're not feeling so well. I hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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Yes chemicals will affect mine. My dad puts chemicals on his hay to help kill out the weeds and when he does this along with the pollen and grass really messes up mine. Right now am battling a chest cold and coughing so hard. Changes in the weather also affect mine too.

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At the moment my asthma has been acting up with the temperature outside getting warmer as well as the pollen in the air, which is making hard to attend my plants *sigh*. It just rained earlier this morning so hopefully it makes it easier for my lungs. Lately I've also haven't been able to stand going near the grocery aisle that has any cleaners or any bug sprays I used to not have that problem until recently... is anyone else having that problem too?

Other things that effect me is stress too. Fortunately my mom convinced me to try tae chi to help with the symptoms and surprisingly it does help with the stress part at least.

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Definitely exercise, and cold air, and exercise in cold air can make me wheeze for days even with an inhaler. (I live in AK, theres not too many options for avoiding cold.)
Anything furry (including fur coats) or feathery (even down blankets).
Anger, but not so much other emotions.
I think not so much dust, but likely mold.
Foamy spray cleaners.
No foods that I am aware of.
And medications, well, I had a really bad asthma year a few years back and I was prescribed a dozen different inhalers and nothing was working, in fact it was getting worse. But then to get a pulmonary function test they told to me skip it all for 3 days and by the second day I could breathe again. Not logical, but my worst symptoms went away when I stopped treating them...
For the most part now I am under control and just have problems with exercise.


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yes, that bitter cold air is a wipeout, isn't it!

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My triggers are extreme cold (that's how I was diagnosed), extreme heat, cat dander (up close), strong odors (skunk, amonia's, smoke, etc). Those are the most predominant.

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thanks for the mucinex tip,, I know people that used it last winter for flu symptoms,, bronchial stuff, neve rthought of it as a maintenence med.. Lin

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I'm allergic to grass, trees, weeds, mold, mildew, house dust, cat and dog dander. My Asthma triggers are frequently weather change related or if I get an infection or a virus. The best thing I've recently started doing is taking Mucinex twice daily to thin the mucus to prevent the plugs from stopping me up. It's generic and OTC and not too pricey. I steam when it's tight to loosen my chest and rely on more meds than I'd like.

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Hi everyone, i'm new to this team! my main trigger is when I eat too much and when I'm overweight (which is currently). Also, cats and exercise!

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There is a product line called Mrs, Meyers that I purchased at drugstore.com.. they have rhubarb scented cleaners and honeysuckle scented,, I got them for us and they work great,,
I also use old fashioned cleaners like baking soda to clean counters, sinks, stove, table, brighten my laundry instead of expensive clorox 2,,,
Instead of overpriced spray cans of furniture polish, I use lemon oil on a cloth,,
vinegar or lemon juice will also cut through soap scum,, used kool aid to clean the innards of your coffee pot,, just run a packet of it through in the water and flush it out by running a couple more cycles of water through until it runs clear,,
throw orange or grapefruit peels in your garbage disposal to clean and deodorize it,,
I do wear disposable gloves to avoid airborne particles of anything to get on my skin as a precaution...

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Ajax powder is off limits and oven cleaner are both no nos. I have found at Walmart a special cleaning products from the makers of clorax called green works natural all-purpose cleaner. Then have them fo the bathroom and etc. It is great and no awful smells, of wheezing or coughing whie I used it. It especially hard for us who have to clean up but this makes it easier health wise.

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Febreeze kills me....I cannot take the smell at all.

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You have done great to get that done yourself. I live in my Grandparents old house that was built back in the early 40's and so yes the dust is everywhere. It is free and that's was what was easy on me with having 2 kids. I use a steam cleaner quite a bit to clean the carpets. I also like to use febreeze and it does not mess with my asthma either. I has such a clean smell. I may have to have you help me redo my house at the rate I am going. emoticon

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me too on the bleach thing,, same with bathroom cleaners,, I bought some stuff called Mrs, Meyers cleaning products on drugstore.com for my daughter to use when she cleans ( she does the half bath and kitchen occasionally,, but they have honeysuckle and rhubarb scents,, concentrate soap, spray cleaner,etc,, kinda pricey, but if you still cannot tolerate ammonia or bleach, vinegar,, what the heck is left, spit??LOL???!!!

Those home changes were over the course of a few years, I saved and paid cash for all of it, did some of the demo of the walls and carpets, and put the new boot on the sewer roof pipe myself..
we found the black mold when we tore out the wall to my full bath, so had to demo the half bath behind it immediately,, WEARING MASKS THE WHOLE TIME, PLASTIC ON ALL THE OPENINGS , KINDA LIKE ASBESTOS REMOVAL!!
I learned how to demo, lay a ceramic tile floor, plumbing, vanity and tub surround installation,,etc,, took out everything to the studs: my friend's hubby did the job for me, so I helped, to save $$$,, when I got out of work every day and on weekends,,

daughter and I pulled up all of our home's carpet and pad, did the cleanup, repainted, helped install new ceiling fans, wrapped our hot water pipes and I installed a chimney cap while I was on the roof to install the boot!!
I love learning how to do new things,, but the old bod argues with me every night!!!


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Wow!! Your doing alot better than me getting all that changed and way to go. I have to watch though for me using bleach will aggravate my asthma and give me a migraine. I do use it but have to pore and run. emoticon

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One of my main triggers is physical exertion and high humidity, dust mites, cat dander.. Like today, it is thunder and lightning, 43 degrees and raining!
I have removed all carpeting from my home except the living room and hallway, replaced all living room furniture with LEATHER,, tore out all interior walls that were found to be covered with black mold on the inside, from a leaky roof sewer pipe that drained water over the years into my interior bathroom walls!!
I also replaced my furnace with one that is 92% efficient with super air filter that cleans 99.999% of all airborne allergens, etc,, It also has a HUMIDIFIER on it for the dry winter air,, it is supplied with filtered water that drains into my stationary tub next to my washer, so I recycle that water into my washer for laundry. I installed a nylon mesh filter on my dryer vent to collect the fuzz and airborne lint from that. I have a dehumidifier in my basement, which I collect the water from to water my plants,,

We wash our pillows in hot water with bleach, dry them in the dryer in the summer,but we also put them in the freezer to kill the dust mites.. Dust mites are organisms that are on every human being,, they actually eat your dead skin cells,, their microscopic droppings are what we are allergic to ..

My daughter and I are deathly allergic to them , so I also vacuum our mattresses and steam clean the carpets very frequently.. It helped immediately..
They make a spray for surfaces that kills dust mites,, we use it regularly too...
kinda long but I have been doing this for years and years...
I guess I sound like a "Bubble Woman"!! Did the pioneers have all these problems??


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I also have 2 Cheryl and am allergic to them. I am currently taking allergy shots to help with it.

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PFEIF130, believe me it was very hard. I love them all and I still take care of them but I can't have them all in my basement.

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OMIGOSH, DUSAMAE...that would be devasting to me!
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I'm allergic to cats, but...I feel that I've built up a tolernace to them over the years. I care for a colony of kitties...they're by babies!

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My biggest trigger is "allergy induced", but am able to keep it under control with allergy meds.

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my triggers wow. alot. easier to say what doesn't. food doesn't. and that is about it. I have had asthma for 24 years now. Smells-Perfume to strong, Outside-Cold or to Hot, Inside-Dust or to stuffy, Stress- By family or bills, Regular Stuff- exercise, running, sweeping, feeling winded, walking to fast, Medicine I can't take nyquil....

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Cold is a big trigger for me. Before I had surgury they made me take my meds so that I wouldn't have an attack. What else? Those trees with the yellow flowers, really stong perfumes, cigarette smoke, grass, pollen. I dust every couple of weeks, and I have the cover over my mattress and pillows to help.

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Girl I have no problem eating I am here at sp trying to get the fat off. emoticon What ever I eat I have plenty of it. emoticon . I have reacton to them all. I do play around with tuna for health sake but I am careful, No fish at all. Just a few shrimp. I tread carefully! I do use ketchup and ff mayonnaise I can tolerate them better than mustard I can't have that. I can't have any melons! I do have Mozzeralla cheese but NO blue cheese and swiss cheese. No dried fruits! I don miss the foods that I totally can't have. I like breathing too much emoticon . The reactions to the foods is tightness in my chest and wheezing can't breath. The envirnoment are sneezing, coughing, wheezing I have alleries. I am very careful when I have to go outside. No yard work for me. Medication reactions are red breakouts on my skin, and itchiness. I had a reaction to a medication that contained sulfa drugs I was itching like crazy. When I went to the emergency room the doctor laughed at because most of my skin was pink. Not prefessional at all. I manage to do pretty good. I have had asthma most of my life. The only exception is 11 years ago. When I gave my heart to Jesus. The asthma all but disappeared. The allergies have not...so I am carefully what I eat.

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DO2HEAL, I guess the question would be "What can you eat?" Do you have reactions to all of those things or is it a combination of several things?

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How much time do we have emoticon emoticon emoticon ???

I am allergic the world just about... I have food alleries. Melons all types, dried fruits, yeast including fresh baked bread, coffie cakes, sour dough bread, pumppernickle bread, Swiss cheese, buttermilk, vinegar and vinegar containing foods mustard, whistershire sauce, most condiments, all fish including tuna, shrimp, most crustations, etc. Environmental triggers: Are dust, trees, grass, cats dander, wool, pollons, molds. Medication allergies are penacillin (spelling) aspririn, sulfa drugs. How that grab u?? emoticon

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LISABETH67, I was like you. I thought I outgrew the asthma but years later I had an attack and my doctor told me I never really grew out of it I just didn't have another attack until I was older.

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Maybe could it have been a food allergy for you? I know they talk about those at the allergist I go too.

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I honestly don't know many triggers, except the heat. I have had asthma all my life, but never had to have inhalers until a year ago when I had a sudden attack. All I did then was eat a BIG dinner and go walking in the mall. I suddenly could not breathe at all. The doctor asked if I ever had asthma. I thought I outgrew the asthma, but the doctor said many 30+ year olds usually get it back.

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When I was very young my trigger was cats. If I was around them for a long period of time I would have an attack. Now that I am older I can tolerate them a little longer. I have several cats come to my house and then they had babies. I had them in my basement for several months but I had to put most of them outside because I had difficulty breathing. Mild attacks.

I also have noticed that when I use the eliptical trainer I have a very mild attack. I just don't use it very much.

Stress is also a trigger. Exercise seems to help that so far.

I think I have covered them all! LOL!

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How To Control Things That Make Your Asthma Worse

Allergens
Animal Dander
Some people are allergic to the flakes of skin or dried saliva from animals
with fur or feathers.
The best thing to do:
• Keep furred or feathered pets out of your home.
If you can’t keep the pet outdoors, then:
• Keep the pet out of your bedroom and other sleeping areas at all times,
and keep the door closed.
• Remove carpets and furniture covered with cloth from your home.
If that is not possible, keep the pet away from fabric-covered furniture
and carpets.
Dust Mites
Many people with asthma are allergic to dust mites. Dust mites are tiny bugs
that are found in every home—in mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered
furniture, bedcovers, clothes, stuffed toys, and fabric or other fabric-covered
items.
Things that can help:
• Encase your mattress in a special dust-proof cover.
• Encase your pillow in a special dust-proof cover or wash the pillow each
week in hot water. Water must be hotter than 130º F to kill the mites.
Cold or warm water used with detergent and bleach can also be effective.
• Wash the sheets and blankets on your bed each week in hot water.
• Reduce indoor humidity to below 60 percent (ideally between 30—50
percent). Dehumidifiers or central air conditioners can do this.
• Try not to sleep or lie on cloth-covered cushions.
• Remove carpets from your bedroom and those laid on concrete, if you can.
• Keep stuffed toys out of the bed or wash the toys weekly in hot water or
cooler water with detergent and bleach.
Cockroaches
Many people with asthma are allergic to the dried droppings and remains
of cockroaches.
The best thing to do:
• Keep food and garbage in closed containers. Never leave food out.
• Use poison baits, powders, gels, or paste (for example, boric acid).
You can also use traps.
• If a spray is used to kill roaches, stay out of the room until the odor
goes away.
Indoor Mold
• Fix leaky faucets, pipes, or other sources of water that have mold
around them.
• Clean moldy surfaces with a cleaner that has bleach in it.
Pollen and Outdoor Mold
What to do during your allergy season (when pollen or mold spore counts
are high):
• Try to keep your windows closed.
• Stay indoors with windows closed from late morning to afternoon,
if you can. Pollen and some mold spore counts are highest at that time.
• Ask your doctor whether you need to take or increase anti-inflammatory
medicine before your allergy season starts.
Irritants
Tobacco Smoke
• If you smoke, ask your doctor for ways to help you quit. Ask family
members to quit smoking, too.
• Do not allow smoking in your home or car.
Smoke, Strong Odors, and Sprays
• If possible, do not use a wood-burning stove, kerosene heater, or fireplace.
• Try to stay away from strong odors and sprays, such as perfume, talcum
powder, hair spray, and paints.
Other things that bring on asthma symptoms in some people include:
Vacuum Cleaning
• Try to get someone else to vacuum for you once or twice a week,
if you can. Stay out of rooms while they are being vacuumed and for
a short while afterward.
• If you vacuum, use a dust mask (from a hardware store), a double-layered or microfilter vacuum cleaner bag, or a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
Other Things That Can Make Asthma Worse
• Sulfites in foods and beverages: Do not drink beer or wine or eat dried
fruit, processed potatoes, or shrimp if they cause asthma symptoms.
• Cold air: Cover your nose and mouth with a scarf on cold or windy days.
• Other medicines: Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take.
Include cold medicines, aspirin, vitamins and other supplements, and
nonselective beta-blockers (including those in eye drops).
This guide suggests things you can do to avoid your asthma triggers. Put a check next to the triggers that you know make your asthma worse
and ask your doctor to help you find out if you have other triggers as well. Then decide with your doctor what steps you will take.

I found these on the website of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. I hope this might help some of you.

Edited by: MSTIGGERFAN at: 4/10/2008 (21:31)
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My biggest triggers for my asthma are stress, change in the weather, hay season, dust, and molds. If I feel an attack coming on I try my best to set still with my eyes closed to slow down my breathing and see if I can get thru it without using my fast acting inhalers.

Please tell us your biggest triggers for you asthma and some things you might do to keep from using the relief inhalers or hold off an attack. I hope this helps some different ways to better handle our asthma. I can always use pointer to help me with mine.

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