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Yoga is great for improving breathing.

Whoever posted about Vitamin D, thanks for the tip! Vitamin D is already important for bone health, but who knew? :)

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Drinking lots of water and adding a little sea salt to the water helps me. Also Quercitin (found in apples).

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I will have to look into it. Can I ask you what eschew wheat products are?

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Interesting.

My sone recently broke his wrist and while we were at the doctor he told my husband and I to start taking Vitamin D as a supplement, year round. I have been doing this, and just started the "clean" diet (lots of juicing, eschew wheat products, dairy, and red meat) and it has made a HUGE difference in my asthma. The coughing is almost non existent and I just went on my first three mile run without taking Singulair first and did great.



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That's really interesting. I use to cough a lot at the pool and thought I needed to stay away from the chlorine but I agree the exercise helped loosen phlegm. I also use to put the phlegm down to colds and my weight not asthma so I went undiagnosed longer than I should

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Suprising solution to my asthma this week was EXERCISE! Due to the Spring season and my allergies/asthma going wild, I have been having trouble breathing. Shallow breath. So a few weeks ago, I didn't exercise due to the breathing issues but then then Monday night I went to the Y and was just making myself go. While walking on the track, I was inspired to run. I ran four of my 20 laps. It was hard and I was breathing hard and when I was done, I started coughing and coughing. All this Phlegm started coming up from the bottom of my lungs. I coughed all the way to the pool and while putting on my bathing suit. I coughed intermittently through the first half of my 1/2 mile swim. But strangely this cough was quite productive and by the time I was done exercising for the evening, my breathing was deep and clear! I felt so much better! It seemed to help for several hours. Next day, my asthma and shallow breath were back. Went back to the Y and what do you know? Same thing happened and breathed great last night until this morning. It seems that exercise is good medicine for asthma. (counter-intuitive)

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Another thing: Avoiding dairy before exercise keeps me from coughing as bad. I think that (in some people) dairy increases mucous production, so even if I still get asthma symptoms while exercising, at least they won't be complicated by extra mucous. Part of this may be related to my lactose intolerance, but I'm not sure.


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Caffeine is out for me when my asthma is active because of anxiety, and together with albuterol it makes me shake (I think blood sugar levels are also involved). I have found that the "Tilluel with Mint" tea from Caribou Coffee helps me a lot! I don't know how much of the benefits are from the mint and the tilluel (not entirely sure which herbs are included), but breathing in the steam from the tea helps, as does the meditative process of drinking the tea/ tisane (herbal tea). Sometimes drinking this herbal tea delays my reaction to the fragrance I'm exposed to at work, or after I have taken the rescue inhaler and symptoms come back early I can have some of the mint tea and breathe at least a little easier.

I am not sure if practicing yoga helps me with my asthma, but it has certainly helped me be more aware of how my body is interacting with my surroundings. The awareness I developed through yoga classes has allowed me to detect my asthma symptoms before the become readily apparent, even if I'm in denial and don't want to take my meds.


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I dont know where you live, but check the website for advair. I was able to get free flovent and albuterol inhalers through the companies that manufacter them on their income assistant program.



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Lately I've been discovering that the more often I get exercise, the less my asthma has been bothering me. Its been about a month and a half now and I hardly have to use my inhaler before, during or after my regular workouts. emoticon


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just read teh health article about takeing fish oil to improve asthma symptoms: anbody on that train??

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I hav enot had a problem with my proair, but use it sparingly,, I meditate, and pray to calm myself down, cover my nose and outh with a scarf when outdoors in this subzero weather,,
I never thought about the hepa filter in the car! Maybe I should stick my face in the vacuum!!
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I was going to ask if anyone else has added or modified their diets to help with asthma? I had read an article about apples helping and also about Vitamin D. I know why coffee works (it is a stimulant and acts like an inhaler in a pinch), but was not real sure about these other foods. I have been eating an apple a day for about 3 months now. I have fairly severe asthma (it is induced by any number of things), but keep it controlled with advair and allergy meds. Has anyone found luck with the foods and noticed a difference? I will know more after spring and the wind storms arrive as to whether the apple is helping or not.

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-riding in our volvo helps- it has a HEPA filter in the passenger cabin!
-coffee/chocolate/hot tea do help me.
-hot shower first thing in the morning
-when I remember, sinus rinses and saline sprays to keep things moist..
-Vicks rub

I tend to get antihistamine tolerant so I have to change up every so often..Im currently on claritin I think. Allegra started giving me wicked headaches.

Asthma wise I take Singulair, Advair 250/50 & Flonase for the sinuses.


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i stick my head in the freezer

personnal i have to say away from coffee becouse only with asthma i get anxiety attacks.

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Has anyone ever had a bad experience with albutrel(ProAir to be exact)? I have taken it for a long time but last night I took it with a spacer. So I did my first inhale and this time kept my mouth on the spacer and when done holding my breath I breathed in again and immediately felt something wrong with my lungs. I waited a minute and took the second puff. Then I waited a minute and took my Qvar. Things got worse so I laid down, my BP went sky high, my pulse went high and I got so cold, like I had no blood flowing anywhere and then I got the shakes/shivers throughout my body. This lasted about 2 1/2 hours, my dr said it does raise bp and pulse and she wonders if by keeping my mouth on the chamber and breathing in again that I hypoventilated and I also talked to the pharmacist and he said just take one puff. Today I have not taken anything and my lungs feel like I ran outside for miles in the freezing cold, in other words it feels raw. I thought one of you may be able to help me.

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Have you tried food rich in magnesium (spinach, broccoli, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews), rich in anti-oxidants (Green tea, Prunes, raisins) and rich in Quercetin (Apple, orange, cabbage). Please let me know if you are finding any relief.

Also see if (Formoterol + Fluticasone) combination works. It may have lesser side effects compared to advair.


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advair is a godsend. until i had that, i never slept a whole night without needing my inhaler. a fiend swears by accupuncture. i might try it one day.



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When I was having horrible asthma attacks, going for a car ride would make them better. That was several years ago, so I don't really know what it was about the rides that would help....probably just getting out of the house. ;)

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In winter I have my worst asthma attacks,mainly I think because of sinus drainage (sorry for the disgusting subject matter). So I stay "dry" with Zrytec..as needed...prescribed by doctor at first. Now over the counter. I have also been diagnosed as having COPD so he has me on two other types of inhalers...ugh. But I breathe!!! BTW...I have never in my life smoked. To have COPD is rare...according to DR.

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I have never heard of laughter yoga as mentioned by DWRPWR, but it has totally piqued my curiosity . . . I guess that's something I'll have to look into!


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That is wonderful that you can go without meds. I have been able to cut back but not all out.

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I have been taking alfa tablets....which has been working which surprizes me since I'm allergic to alfa. I guess the difference is the tablets are made from the root so it the part we are not "exposed" to. Other than that a netti pot, ice packs and some VIA (Starbucks ready to brew coffee) are my pals of choice. Trying to wheen off of medications for awhile as they were conflicting with each other creating a huge sinus infection and upper respitory infection. On day 3 off being medication free and so far so good....even went on an interval walk/jog without problems emoticon

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I'll have to look into it. Thanks.

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My husband does it too, I just use the Roomba when he's not available. It is nice to have it.

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My hubby is my roomba! LOL He knows it bothers me so he does all the vacuuming.

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Roomba...the automatic vacuum cleaner. Vacuuming stirs up my asthma...Roomba to the rescue!

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I use coffee for the caffeine. It is supposed to excite the walls or the cilia of your lungs - or something like that - and cause them to open wider. I also drink herbal tea that has licorice root and eucalyptus in it. The kind I usually find is the Yogi Breathe Deep tea. Neither of these will replace my inhaler, but they can calm things down so I don't have to use it.
And, I take doses of Mucinex whenever I feel some congestion coming on to head off any attacks. This plus my neti pot has always helped in the past.



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Glad Advair helps you, it actually made me cough more. Switched to FloVent and my coughing dropped considerably, though not all gone.

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Advair Discus is my savior, i have really bad asthma and back in junior high i would have to go to the nurse 2-3 times a day to use my inhaler (i wasn't allowed to have it on me *eyeroll*). I use it once a day and i almost never have to use my inhaler. i can go months without touching it. the problem is that its really expensive, i am not looking forward to when i get dropped off my parent's insurance, i hope i can find insurance fast enough to continue to afford it. if i miss a few days of doses im back to coughing and using my inhaler 5 times a day.

something i found surprising, water aerobics, teacher said the pressure of the water on you helps your blood absorb oxygen so you don't need as much, so you don't breathe as hard, so no asthma :)


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I had no idea coughing asthma was rare. The specialist we found for my son made it sound like it was normal as anything. He told us repeatedly that sometimes the only symptom of asthma is a cough and that we really need to be on our toes and ready with the albuterol neb at the first cough.
My son is only 4 so I don't think coffee is for him, but it's something I can file away for later.

I'm looking for my inner athlete, but I'm afraid I may have eaten her. If I'm very quiet I can hear her screams of terror.



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Wow! I have coughing asthma and I thought I was the only one, glad to hear you are all out there! Yes, cola works for me also but I try to stay away from sodas. Strong,coffee also works to open everything up, it is the caffine. However, I also try not to drink coffee anymore so when I have a attack besides my meds I also make some very strong black tea! Hope this helps some of you!


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Been there, done that. Predisone was the drug of choice. emoticon

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I know how you feel - they send me to a specialist that they thought could cure the cough and he said he could stop the cough but all he did was put me on steroids and that just put the weight on. I stopped going to him and stopped the sterioids.

am on several meds to control but I still cough and cough and cough

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New to this thread, but it sounds like I found home! My doctors react like a coughing asthmatic is a rate breed and I get very little help. My pulmonologist finally declared that I have Eosinophilic bronchitis and treating that has helped a little.

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Hello Kate56

I am also a coughing asthmatic and I drive everybody crazy with my constant coughing. People always are giving me cough drops. Tesalon Perls? Is that a medication from your doctor or over the counter? I will have to try coffee and see if it helps.

thank you and nice talking to you

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YOGA. emoticon I feel like I can breathe with my entire lungs and not just the top 1/3 when I am doing yoga somewhat regularly. When I am feeling an episode come on, a can of coca cola helps!


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tessalon also helped me with pneumonia, bronchitis last winter, BUT the biggie for me is away from work and mom..
Two major triggers, both are impossible for more than a few hours, so on it goes until I retire.. nine years...L O N G years..

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a huge Coke and you are right I think it is the caffeine in it that helps so much. Coffee would prob work just as well. Strong and black.


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I use coffee as it is like a puff of albuterol.
I am a coughing asthmatic and tesalon perls work wonders for me. Singing just started setting off my asthma.

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I take a laughter yoga class- it is a laughter for exercise class,not a joke telling class.emoticon
Laughing gives good benefits just by itself in relieving stress and increasing positive feelings,but it also improves my breathing because of the physical affects laughing has. It actually becomes aerobic and I am tired when class is over-but I have tons of good feelings and energy when I leave and I am not wheezing or have no tightness in my chest.

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Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I'm thinking of doing some yoga, too.

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3/23/10 8:45 P

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This is the description from my gym's website:

"*INTEGRATIVE YOGA: (A GREAT PLACE TO BEGIN) Concentrating more on working safely with aging adults & the less active, with keeping medical conditions under consideration. This Yoga class will help with breathing, balance, flexibility, and mental fitness."

I tried it out because I have horrible tendonitis in my knees. I ended up ripping my braces off halfway through the class because I was slipping with them on, but they felt fine afterward.


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What type of yoga are you doing?

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3/23/10 1:55 P

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I had a really good experience with a yoga class today. I've never been a fan of yoga, but I tried a class at my gym and then ran for 30 minutes afterwards - no need for my rescue inhaler.

I think I'm a convert.


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Amen to staying away from my mother! She stresses me out and that is the WORST for my asthma.



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p.s. Your doctor can do a simple blood test for Vitamin D. It has no bad side effects..

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Thank you MissMelody.. I did not knwo about that Vit D.. will have to check it out,..

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Playing an wind (or something you have to blow into) instrument! I played flute all through high school and had no idea that it was helping my asthma until I stopped. My Pulm doc suggested picking it back up again (once I'm cleared to exercise again)

Yes coffee does help, for some reason. My morning cup makes a small difference... but any difference is great!

"even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!"



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staying away from my mother is the best medicine for me! No stress, BP stays down,, no wheezing..

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Great, I am glad for you...it's nice when one medication can fix 2 things!

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trying to work the dosage down because of the long term effects, but still in the high range. 30 mg. all depends on the skin. at least it's still helping my lungs for now.


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The prednisone is a small dose? Large doses just blow me up, when I have had a respiratory infection..


Good For you, it must be nice to BREATHE...

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i have major skin issues and the doctor put me on a very high dose of prendisone. i haven't needed me rescue inhaler since. for once my bad skin is helping me out in it's own way!!


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Vitamin D, there was a spark article regarding Vitamin D and asthma, it is thought to help, as well as help your immune system. People particularly in the winter months in the dark, are lacking this essential vitamin. Myself included. I was hospitalized last January with hypoxia, and respiratory distress, also found out I was severely deficent in Vitamin d.

I take 2-3000 units per day.

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There are a lot of breathing/breath control exercises in the singing class I'm taking. I've noticed my asthma is better when I'm singing regularly.

Flax seed oil also helps with inflammation.

Neti pots and/or saline nasal spray also help a lot with the allergies. "Breathe Easy Tea" is also nice.




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Running makes my asthma better. When I was running 10-15 miles a week, I had no problems with my asthma. I have started a Pilates class which has quite a bit of the deep breathing in it. I am always amazed at how much better my sinuses are after a class.


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@ Gracie0204

Thank you for the welcome and sorry I didn't respond sooner. Things actually took a turn for the worse with a persistant respiratory infection, so I didn't sign in for months.

Deep breathing is all relative for the day. It can range from a 2 second slow inhale to a 7 second slow inhale followed by holding the breath for 4-9 seconds and then slowly exhaling. The inhaling is the toughest for me too since that is when I really feel the tightness and resistance, I can completely understand the feeling of suffocation you get. For me, it is more of trying to push my limits a tiny bit each day and exercise the lungs in a more controlled fashion than exercising (which almost always leaves me feeling sick).

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I use a sinus rinse daily and also use a nasal steroid but still continue to have problems. Glad the sinus stuff has helped you so much!!

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A neti pot or sinus rinse. I have not needed to take any allergy medicine this year to control allergies and the subsequent asthma attacks. They also seem to help me be able to breathe better in general, since I can now breathe through my nose.



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Shrinkingshar emoticon to the team!! Wow I am impressed you can do deep breathing exercises-especially at bedtime. I do some breathing techniques but I find it really hard and have a harder time inhaling than exhaling and just have an immense sensation of suffocation. Any tips on how you are able to do this?? I would love any ideas. I am a firm believer in deep breathing exercises-I just suck at them. Again emoticon

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Breathing funnily enough. Allergy season is the worst for me, so I take some time before sleeping to do some slow "deep" breathing. It almost always helps me breath better through the night.

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i have many drug allergies including asprin, so i pay alot of atenttion to labels. almost any drug that contains asprin or druds like it put a warning on the label to avoid taking it if you have a breathing problem. even Pepto Bismol has a warning on the bottle. it never hurts to read those warnings, and if you have ANY doubt ask first!!


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coffee has helped in a pinch. reducing stress also was a big factor too. my sister reduced her asthma substantially by no longer taking ibuprofen-it was making her asthma worse and once she stopped it and uses only tylenol for pain hasn't had much trouble at all with her asthma. I know I was told by the allergist to never take aspirin because I was allergic to birch trees and that is what aspirin is derived from. Just wondering if any one else was told no to take aspirin???

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my primatene has been a big help. also i had to learn to slow down and not let every little thing get to me. stress can kill! coffee never helped me as much as hot tea, but whatever works for each person can be different


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I too use the hot coffee. I was told a few months ago by a fellow asthmatic, that the hotter and stronger the black coffee is, the better it will help your asthma. I drink mine hot and black, but not too strong!
I feel better after a long walk. I can't run very well (broke kneecap about 9 yrs ago, am 59 and 35 pounds over weight!)but walking is okay.




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For ME:

- running - I cough up a lot of junk and feel better for many hours after
- hot coffee, "fully-leaded" - all hot drinks help me more than cold or room-temperature ones, but coffee helps the most, maybe because of the caffeine

...Pam

PS I just realized the typo in the subject line. Sorry folks, I know asthma has an "h" in it.

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We are all different and must work with our docs to find what is best FOR US, but I thought it might be interesting to find out what others have discovered about their asthma along the way. What were you most surprised to discover about improving your asthma?

...Pam

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- Complete a super-sprint triathlon
- Look good in a bikini

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