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Allergic Asthma Diagnosed At Age 70

When I was a kid, maybe 12 or so, I remember struggling to breathe as I bent closely over a vaporizer smeared with Vics VapoRub. I carried a box of tissues with me everywhere, and my friends teased me about my constant honking and sneezing. I got hooked on nasal spray and suffered the rebound effect (helps initially, then makes breathing even worse) until my mom, a nurse, broke down and took me to an allergist. He stated I didn’t have asthma but was allergic to dirt, mold, pollen, dog and cat dander, etc.

I took allergy shots, got better, was worse during pregnancy, then retook shots for a while, and did reasonably well with one notable exception (strong perfume) for 40 years. One evening at age 65, I realized the faint noise I kept hearing was me wheezing! Yikes!

My doctor treated me for allergic rhinitis again, but every year in December or January, I got sicker. Finally, about a year ago, I was diagnosed with asthma by my primary doctor. I was 70 years old. Unfortunately, I had a severe flare off and on for the last two months and may have to request a referral to a specialist. I don’t know why the diagnosis was delayed so long, but I am thankful to be feeling better.

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Comments

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    4 weeks ago

    Hi BellaStella, and thanks so much for sharing your story and lifetime medical history managing this condition and various diagnoses over the years.
    We’re glad to hear you are feeling better too!

    Please know you are always welcome here in our online community.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

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