For the last five years or so I have had flare ups of what I think is allergy-induced asthma every spring and summer. I've had a hard time pin-pointing my triggers, but I am worse at work in my office than at home or when I'm on vacation camping. I suspect that paint and construction fumes are triggers; I work on a college campus and spring and summer is when they do all the painting and renos around here. Fragrances seem to bother me, too. From May to September, my peak flow meter is consistently in the yellow. I wake up "green" and deteriorate to close to red or even red by 1 pm at work.
Last week I finally saw an allergist after waiting for almost a year. My skin tests were all normal. No animal, food or pollen allergies, apparently. The specialist wants me to go off of all my meds -- I barely need them now, anyhow -- and to get spirometry testing done in the middle of an attack. He says there is no easy way to test for chemical allergies. This method scares me.
Has anyone else had success pin-pointing their chemical triggers? What about insurance claims or help from employer?
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