I have been asthmatic all my life. While I was a kid it wasn't much of an issue in the places we lived. But, after Dad retired and we moved back to Kentucky, my asthma became more of an issue. It is brought on by cold air, allergies, air pollutants, and exercise. Mom also has asthma, but hers was quiet after she reached adulthood and then flared again when she hit menopause.
Some of the things we try to remember is to breathe in through the nose. It is supposed to warm the air before it hits your lungs and slow down the breathing process so you aren't gasping in air. Also, completely exhaling with each breath. According to articles we read, much of the breathless feeling we get is because we have a build of carbon dioxide because we are trying so hard to get oxygen in our lungs, we aren't exhaling completely. Since we don't rid our lungs of the CO2, we aren't able to bring in enough oxygen. I will also drink coffee or another warm caffeinated drink to induce the bronchii to expand. Mom likes to do you yoga for the breathing techniques. And the Yogi brand Breathing tea with peppermint and eucalyptus will help ease discomfort.
I didn't find out I had asthma until I was 63, it is usually exercise induced. However I do have periodic asthma attacks although they seem less frequent. I seem to be better as long as I get lots of exercise. Kind of a catch-22. I think the thing about the exercise is that I am more conscious of the breathing, especially with strength training, where you are exhaling with the exertion. Also I find with Tai Chi and Yoga movements I can control my breathing and this is helping me. I still have really difficult times when I go for a walk and find myself really struggling and wheezing. It seems to depend on the seasons. We were at the coast over Christmas and I had a terrible time with my breathing out walking, the air was so wet and heavy and lots of wood smoke in the air. I take my puffers, ventolin and advair, only prior to exercising and ventolin of course if I find myself short of breath. I will be seeing my respiratory specialist this spring. My last visit with him over a year ago, he basically told me to do without the puffers as much as I could. It is helpful to hear others' experiences.
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I have adult onset asthma, I was 52 when it became a problem, and what I think of as sensitivities rather than true allergies. I have two cats and a husband who smokes and my housekeeping is less than optimal (very very dusty, LOL).
Using my maintenance inhaler properly and not trying to overdo it when I'm doing anything over time (exercise, cleaning, etc.) can help me. I tend to overuse my inhaler but am trying to get myself to just stop and breathe a bit, see if things calm down on their own. I did not have asthma or breathing problems when I was a teen and playing field hockey, etc. but I have always hated running and being out of breath. I am trying to combat that dislike=use inhaler and wait to see if my body can deal with whatever before I immediately think, oh, I need my inhaler.
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I usually do the same thing that you do. I have exercise induced asthma. Usually I have to stop and use my inhaler. I am trying to build up the length and intensity of my exercise so I won't have asthma. It has always been better when I am able to breathe through my nose, but since I have allergies it is not always possible.
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