How long can a flare up last after smoke exposure?

I’m new to this asthma diagnosis and it’s still not well controlled. I was at a friends house last night with a campfire burning. Almost 24 hours later, my chest hurts, I’m still coughing, and I just don’t feel well. How long should I expect this to last?


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  • WheezyMe
    4 months ago

    Hi!
    I second Leon’s advice- contact your physician. You might need a higher dose of your preventer inhaler to help symptoms and shorten their duration.
    Also, avoid other triggers in the meantime.
    It might take some time to recover, it’s hard to predict. I hope for you it happens soon and easily.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    4 months ago

    Thanks for adding your opinion, WheezyMe – it’s always good to see community members providing support and suggestions based on their own experiences with asthma. Wishing you the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    4 months ago

    Hi rejennerate and thanks for your post. Triggers affect all people differently. What is a trigger for one patient might not affect another patient at all! As well, recovery times from flare ups vary from patient to patient too. Some seem to be able to bounce back naturally while others require medication. Since the symptoms you describe (chest hurting, coughing and not feeling well) have affected you for more than 24-hours, you may want to reach out to your physician for an evaluation. Please do check back and let us know how you’re doing. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

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