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11/5/10 7:41 P

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I am allergic to mold on grass and leaves, so mowing teh lan and raking are horrible to me, as is shoveling snow, but it ahs to be done, so i wear a mask.. sometimes a scarf, but I hate hats and scarves...
I cannot afford advair so did not get Rx filled eyars ago, but use rescue,, all I can afford on my insurance..


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11/4/10 2:29 P

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It sounds like you need to see a doctor about your asthma. My internist has me take a peak flow reading twice a day before I take my daily medication. Here is a link to some basic information on peak flow readings.
www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/peak-flow
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Knowing exactly how your asthma is each day is huge in preventing flare ups. It may be that your asthma has gotten worse over time and your doctor needs to be more proactive about treating it.

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11/4/10 10:09 A

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Good morning! I was reading through this thread and saw some terms with which I wasn't familiar. I was diagnosed with asthma a few years ago, but no one has ever told me much about my condition. And no one has ever mentioned to me Peak Flow readings and zones. I was kinda curious about what all that meant. I want to know anything I can about what's going on with me and what I can do to make things a little easier so I can do more things that I want to. Thanks so much!

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10/18/10 12:37 A

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thank you for the info

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10/17/10 8:38 P

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Last year, I would sometimes run with a mask when it was cold. It worked pretty well. I also have gotten some great technical running gear for this winter. I had most of what I needed last year, but I've added a few more things.

We have been blessed so far this fall with fabulous weather. I'm taking advantage of it while we have it. So far, there have been no problems, but the cold weather hasn't really come yet.

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10/17/10 6:24 P

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Yes a scarf is a great idea. Being sure to warm up and not overexerting yourself is another - conventional clothes are poor insulators after being damped with sweat.( I know there isn't a connection between the two but its still an important point.)Its easier to tire oneself out expecially if you are running / walking in heavy snow so its a good to bear this in mind.I avoid going out if its bitterly cold/windy.

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10/13/10 1:23 A

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Try breathing through your nose while you're exercising in the cold. This will warm and humidify the air before it hits your lungs.

If it's really cold, a scarf over your face and breathing through that might help too.

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10/3/10 10:23 P

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I use Advair regularly and the rescue inhaler when I'm in the yellow zone. My doctor told me to use it before aerobic exercise since I also have exercise induced asthma (EIA). It's the EIA that really creates the problems for me. As long as I'm taking my meds, which I'm religous about in Illinois, it's normally pretty rare for me to go into the yellow zone.

I think the house was pretty dusty when I got back from being in Tennessee for six months. Stuff like that doesn't bother DH. He spent several hours cleaning and vacuuming today and I can tell the air feels much better to me.

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10/3/10 10:12 P

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i'm on Advair, too and it has made all the difference with my attacks, but i still have my times of needing the rescue inhaler. my allergies also play a big part in my asthma symptoms. i have never been completely out of the yellow zone, even on the meds, so i have to be very careful of everything i do and when. i didn't know about the 24 hour thing either.

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10/3/10 10:07 P

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I wasn't aware that being in the yellow zone for 24 hours counts as being in the red zone. I'm not sure that I've had 2 days in a row in the yellow zone.

I take Advair. My doctor told me before I left that I may not have any triggers in Tennessee like I do in Illinois. She said if that was the case, I didn't need to take the Advair while I was down there. I started it up again about 3 weeks before I came back to the Chicago area to give it time to start working again. I'm not interested in having asthma side-line my exercise this winter so I will call the doc if I'm in the yellow zone for more than 24 hours. Thanks for that info.

BTW, it was amazing being down in Tennessee and being totally asthma free even when running!

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10/3/10 9:49 P

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are you aware that being in the yellow zone for more than 24 hours puts you in the red zone? If you follow your action plan and your peak flows don't return to green as indicated on your plan you should call your doctor.Like you I would wait and then wonder why I had problems. It wasn't until the last trip to the doc that I realized I was really in the red zone and needed to be on prednisone. No problems for the last 4 months.

What meds were you on that you could just stop taking them? Most of us have to be on maintainace drugs so just wondering.

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10/3/10 9:30 P

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i understand the feeling. i live in Michigan and the cold weather does me in with my asthma for fall and winter. it seems just when things start to get under control for the spring/summer, here comes the cold weather again to hit hard and destroy my lungs again. i hope things get under control so you can run without suffering with the attacks.

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Hi,
I'm in Illinois and it's just starting to get cold here. The cold air really made it hard for me to run last year with exercise induced asthma on top of my "regular old asthma". I'm really trying to stay on top of my meds this fall and take my peak flow readings every day. It's already started to drop into the yellow zone more frequently, but not into the red. If it stays consistently in the yellow, I'll call my doc. I don't want this to get out of hand.

I spent my summer (6 months) in Tennessee and had zero problems with it there. After about of month of taking my meds and checking my Peak Flow Readings, I stopped taking the medication until about 3 weeks before I knew I was coming back.

I really want to be able to run throughout the winter without gasping for breath.

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