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1/23/14 12:07 A

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When it gets this cold I can't walk outdoors without wheezing so I carry my inhaler, mall walk or go to the gym.

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10/28/13 9:49 P

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How awesome that you guys push through even with this adversity.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you will overflow with hope ... Rom 15:13


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10/25/13 11:51 A

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I've use controlled breathing exercises for years and they really help.

" ...what lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies wthin us." (Emerson)


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I haven't walked outside in awhile. I did the 3 day breast cancer walk 3 years in a row.. Had double ear infections and was always sick. Ear drum popped 5 times. The last ear infection lasted 6 months aweful....

Well we found out I'm allergic to dogs,dust,grass,mold... and have asthma:(:(:(

So I got a tube in my ear, started allergy shots and take meds and have an inhaler for asthma.. I feel so much better but have gained 40 pounds.. I want to start walking outside just scared...
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While I trained for the 60 mile walk I was always walking outside and was sick...




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1/3/12 4:30 P

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I has asthma and lots of allergies, but I do feel very lucky not to be allergic to grasses! All creatures with fur are terrible for me, and a fair few of the anti-biotics that are prescribed, but I am safe in summer! Unfortunately going from a warm area to cold, or vice versa sets off my asthma! So going out in winter is not so good! Exercise can set off my asthma but only if I don't monitor my self properly! Having had asthma since I was 4 I have gotten used to controlling it with breathing as much as possible, but always have my inhaler at hand!

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12/3/11 6:31 A

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Hello I recently joined and experience athsma I have severe allergy to many grasses and pollens that abound in spring and autumn. I am also allergic to house dust mite and have cat and food allergies.

I have been using symbicort a prescribed medication which works for me .Where as i used to use ventolin and a separate preventor , I aslo have sleep apnea .

Next year i will be starting desensitization injections which will I hope reduce my athsma symptons. I am in my mid fourties and my athsma has been out of control for so many years that i was worried it might have a long term impact on my lungs.

The allergist i have seen has recommended that on high pollen count days I stay indoors to help reduce athsma.
In south australia we have a very good athsma foundation and i recieve regular email updated about the daily pollen count.
Apparently even putting out washing on days that are high pollen days is best avoided.

Certainly i am very happy with the resiprartory advice I am now getting and am soon to prepare an athsma action plan, which i hope every athsmatic does.

I also found anthistamines are useful too, there are several mediciations so maybe you could talk with your doctor and get a spirometry test done

Edited by: THE_HERMIT at: 12/3/2011 (06:37)
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11/19/11 9:41 A

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I am in the same situation as you. I have not been able to walk outdoors this summer because of asthma. I am also going to loose weight and get moving. I do go to an allergist and am on weekly shots, medications, and inhalers. Thanks for your post. It is good to know that I am not alone on this journey.

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10/23/11 1:06 P

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I was sedentary for years. I started taking walks in March. If I exert myself too much I can't catch my breath. I hope that over time I will build stamina and be able to breathe freely. It is encouraging to read that others have been able to build stamina and have fewer incidents.

It's the journey. We can do this.


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10/16/11 10:26 P

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I suffer from life long asthma. The longer you have is the more you will become familiar with yourself and its triggers. My specialist said Asthma is a unique disease. Each patient is different in their Asthma. For example, I discovered drinking coffee opens up my bronchial tubes and relieves or actually stops my Asthma attack. So I drink a couple of cups a day and rarely have attacks. Not giving this advice for anyone to follow. It probably wouldn't work for a lot of Asthma sufferers. However, it does help my Asthma. I do use allergies meds before heading outdoors and use them as needed. My Asthma will never go completely away but I definitely have it more under control.

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6/4/11 4:06 P

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When I was younger... I had asthma really bad.. and today even it flairs up.. especially now in the summer time... my Allergies can get really bad with coughing and stuff... I take allergy stuff when needed.. but for the most part I am just hangin in there... that stuff makes me so sleepy.. I have takin Advair before.. take care all...

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5/31/11 2:38 P

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Ironically I was also diagnosed with asthma too. I would actually only get it when I worked out. My doctor prescribed both a rescue inhaler and advair. I also religiously take my allergy medicine. If I take a puff of the advair before excercise I am great. I have also found that the more I excercise the better my asthma.

Good Luck!

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5/18/11 3:07 P

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I live in the Sacramento Valley - also known for it's allergens. There are so many trees! My doctor said I have allergy-induced asthma. I used to take Singulair but I was taken off of it for now because the Nasonex and Zyrtec are working. I also use a maintenance asthma med and have a rescue inhaler for those bad times.

My doctor told me to avoid outdoor exercise if at all possible and if I do, wear a mask. Needless to say, I do my exercising indoors....

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5/18/11 9:34 A

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My mom uses cingulair as well and says it works for her. I lived in TX up til 3 yrs ago and had all kinds of allergies. But once I found the right natural combinations, I really improved There are some natural drops for asthma sufferers as well. Haven't had to use them but will if I need them!

From what I've read, we become allergic because of the toxicity of our bodies, the lack of exercise, etc. So I'm really looking forward to getting much better once I get rid of some of this junk and get into shape!

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5/15/11 1:39 A

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I have really bad allergies and live in Texas (known for bad allergies). I have developed what I call "allergy induced asthma". I am short of breath all the time and have some wheezing. I wouldn't think of exercising outside. I would be afraid of having it cause a full blown attack. I don't use an inhaler regularly. But I keep one for an emergency since I am 40 minutes from a hospital. I recommend you take a doctor prescribed inhaler with you if you want to go for a walk outside. Also, you could wear an allergen face mask if you are not worried about looking funny. I take Singulair 10mg which is supposed to help with asthma/exercising. I haven't had Bronchitis since I started taking this drug a year ago.

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5/12/11 2:57 A

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I think it really depends on the severity of your asthma. My allergies really kicked in when I was in my early 20's but I think I had the allergies earlier (like to cats). My doctors always thought I had a touch of asthma but I refused to let it hinder me. When I was young, I stayed in shape through sports and I did build up stamina. Now that I am older and in far worse shape, it's really become more difficult, which is why I've started working out again. I've also moved from an extremely humid environment (3 yrs ago) to a very dry and often cold environment. I do notice the dry air, and especially cold air, gets me coughing. According to WebMD Clinic you should treat your asthma more than just on an emergency basis because it doesn't go away - even if you don't always notice it. If you aren't careful and don't treat, you can cause permanent damage to your bronchia, your lungs, etc.

I am pro-natural remedies, so I try to do as much reading as I can so I can naturally treat the symptoms. There are some natural "emergency" products out there. Apparently taking Omega-3 regularly can reduce arachidonic acid in your body. There is a lot to read on the subject - you might want to do some research!

I'm hoping a combination of some things will help get my allergies under control and therefore, alleviate the asthma. I am taking Manuka Honey with my tea, Sweden Bitters twice a day, exercising to lose weight, taking omega-3, etc. My allergies are much better than they were 3 years ago. I also try to do breathing treatments - boiling water and just soaking in the steam. Depending on your allergies and severity of your asthma you can sometimes add eucalyptus, tea tree oil, or other oils depending on the effect you want - BUT you definitely want to check with your doctor first. The plain steam with nothing in it at least keeps my bronchia from being dry.



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4/26/11 9:21 A

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I have really bad asthma and it's worse if it's really cold outside. Or if you're like me, i have really bad allergies outside and it's related to my asthma, so when summer is coming I get allerigies because of the trees and grass and therefore I get more asthma.
But it's all about building up your asthma stamina (if that makes sense) just go more often out to walk and take it slow. You'll probably feel better once you build it up. This summer I'm going to do exactly that :)

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4/15/11 6:04 P

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Have you tried taking an over the counter allergy medication. It might help. There are a lot out there Claitin, Allegra, Zrytec. I prefer Zyrtec .

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Yes. He didn't classify me as allergic to anything. He said I have a sensitivity to just about everything in the air, since I wasn't alergic he didn't have any suggestions for treatment. He wasn't a lot of help. I started going to a Pulmonologist, which is when I found out I have asthma, she is the one who has helped me get the sensitivities and asthma under control.

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4/15/11 3:44 P

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Have you seen an allergist?

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4/15/11 3:41 P

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According to what I understand, the asthma is related to my allergies. I was at the doctors for what we thought was a sinus infection, and was referred to a specialist when my PCP wasn't able to cure the wheezing. I haven't needed a rescue inhaler, previously. What happened yesterday is something new.

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4/15/11 10:33 A

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I can't fathom why, if you were given an asthma diagnosis, you weren't given a rescue inhaler. That makes no sense.

Yes, get an inhaler.

Not knowing what your asthma is related to, I'm not sure what to suggest.

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Now that the weather is getting nicer, I've started to walk outdoors. I have allergies to pollen and dust, so I struggle in the spring. I was recently diagnosed with asthma. I didn't have a problem when I walked yesterday afternoon on my lunch hour. I had a problem while walking last evening and I had to slow my pace down to catch my breath. I'm guessing the problem was asthma related.

Does anyone else have this problem? If so, is there a way to prevent/control it? I do not have a rescue inhaler, should I ask my doctor for one?

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