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  • There are so many asthma myths and misconceptions. Please comment in the forum and let me know what are some asthma myths you hear ALL the time and get frustrated about!

    When were you diagnosed with asthma?

    Hi, new member here. Diagnosed just before 40yrs so learning a lot as I go. In general my asthma is pretty mild and my last attack was more than 18 months ago. Last few months it’s been like I don’t have asthma at all and (I know this is bad) stopped my preventers. On Thursday night at judo I unexpectedly had an attack. It was quite bad (for me) but not requiring hospital. It was humid, an intense session and I’ve had a viral thing with phlegm for the past few weeks (though no SOB). I’ve been a bit tight-chested since and now taking my meds properly again. I’m due to have judo again today and not sure if I should go, given the tightness in my chest. What would you do?

    For people caring for children with asthma or managing asthma themselves, the summer season presents a unique set of challenges, among them an increase in particulate pollution, especially in areas that may be impacted be wildfire smoke. "Fine" particulate matter, as 2.5 PM is referred to by health agencies and pollution experts, possesses one attribute that makes it particularly dangerous. These particulates, and whatever microscopic toxins they may be carrying with them, don’t just penetrate deep into our lungs… they are also small enough to pass directly into the bloodstream. Asthmatics and children are both considered “sensitive groups” when it comes to air pollution. This means the threshold at which you begin to experience adverse health effects like reduced lung function, asthma attacks, wheezing and coughing, etc., is lower than it would be for a healthy adult. For caregivers of asthmatic children, or people who are asthmatic themselves, and especially for people who live on the West Coast or in a wildfire-prone area, I’d like to share some resources that can help you track and manage your or your child’s exposure to particulate pollution. The first is a free tool that shows you whether your local air quality is safe for members of sensitive groups. There are several air quality lookup tools, but this tool is unique in that it’s actually designed with sensitive groups like asthmatics in mind. ( There’s also a free service that will track your local air quality conditions, and send you a SMS alert when the air quality is forecast to reach unsafe levels. This can also be customized for children and asthmatics. ( The company also offers a paid service that will send pollution mask filters whenever the air quality is forecast to be unhealthy due to wildfire smoke or other causes. ( Hopefully this info is helpful. To end with a personal story, I live in Seattle and when we got hit with wildfire smoke last summer, my first clue the air was unhealthy was this feeling like I was having a heart attack. Because of this, I think it’s important to have advance notice to be able to prepare for these kinds of events by either staying inside, or wearing a pollution mask if you’re going outdoors.

    What is your day to day like with asthma?

    Swimming makes the biggest difference for me when it comes to dealing with my asthma. I've used swimming as my aerobic exercise for 2 extended periods in my life. (I'm 68 years old.). Each time my quality of life improved dramatically. I was able to climb stairs and hike without strong wheezing. I'm starting to swim again - hopefully for the rest of my life. It doesn't look pretty when I first start to swim. The first time I couldn't even swim one length of the pool. I used a lane next to the side of the pool so I could hold on and rest. With determination I kept at it and within a year I could swim up to mile without stopping. This took swimming at least 4 times a week. Sometimes life got in the way and I'd miss 2 or 3 weeks. But I'd jump back in as soon as possible and pick up from wherever I was - not worried that I'd be dealing with a setback. Swimming does so much to build lung capacity. I encourage anyone attracted to this form of exercise to try it out.

    Largely, I have been having a hard time castching my breath.. Whenever I am having a hard time, I take deep breaths but still have as hard time breathing. Last nite was hard. I took a deep breath then my chest began to hurt.b. I have been concerned about this. I used my albuterol last nite but it did not help. I am not sure off I should go to a Dr about this. I saw my family Dr but she was not helpful. They had me take a Aug. Nothing wrong with my heart. I have a allergist but money is a issue for me.

    I work a clerical job and I have noticed when I leave work completely exhausted that my chest is a little tight and my voice fades in and out and cracks. As the evening goes on my chest gets tighter and painful and it's harder to breathe. Does anyone else haven't an asthma attack or flare up caused by fatigue? If so, what do you do to calm your symptoms down (rescue inhaler doesn't usually work for me in this situation) and is there anything you do to prevent it? Thanks!

    1 year ago I was diagnosed with asthma. At the last appointment the Dr said I had a 6% increase in lung function after the post bronchodilator test. 1 year later on medication there is a 16% increase. Is it truly asthma if the post test doesnt have a 12% increase at the initial appointment?

    My 5 yr old daughter has an excellent diet. Unfortunately, her health has been awful the last few months though, including hypoglycemia due to steroids for adrenal insufficiency and brittle asthma. She had a toothache, so despite having her checkup booked for a months time, I popped her to the dentist today. He told me her teeth were dreadful and she needed 5 fillings. He asked if she had lots of sugar and sweets....she doesn't!! She hasn't got a sweet tooth at all and always craves salty foods. I really feel like I've failed her but seriously know she has an excellent balanced diet!! All I can think of is she has little cereal bars regularly through the day to keep her sugar levels up. They were recommended by the dietician as part of a controlled diet for her hypoglycemia!! Can the steroids be to blame too???? The dentist ( ) said not but I remember her consultant saying years ago they could do!! She still has her baby teeth. I really feel low as every day has been a battle recently with her health and I feel so sad that she has gone from a stable little girl to one that has problems each and every day. And now to be told this is so devastating. I feel so guilty :-(( Does anyone have any experience with steroids and dental issues??

    I was diagnosed with asthma about eight months ago. I've been bothered by dust (sneezing spells, runny nose, itchy eyes, etc) for years, and now dust is a major asthma trigger for me as well. I can't sweep, dust or vacuum, or really do anything that stirs up house dust, without setting off my asthma. I've started pre-medicating with my reliever and wearing a mask while cleaning, which helps a lot, but I still find I have to be careful. I had a skin prick allergy test for the first time a few months back. It came up positive for ragweed, but negative for dust, mold, dander and all the indoor allergens. I was very surprised, as dust affects me far more than ragweed ever has, especially with my asthma. Does anyone else have experience with this? Can you get a false negative on an allergy test? Is it possible to react dust as an irritant rather than a true allergy, the way some people react strongly to smoke or fragrances?

    Hi, I am looking for some help or experience others may have had. I have been on steroid inhalers for 29 years and oral tablets for 11 years (9 years continuously now). I have always had very good teeth with no need for fillings or any work done at the dentist except for fixing a tooth I got knocked out playing a sport. The problem now is that suddenly my teeth are almost crumbling. I thought I always looked after them pretty well and brush them twice a day use mouth wash after taking my steroid inhalers and flossing etc. In the last month, one tooth has totally crumbled and three others are starting to. I have a massive fear of the dentist in Brampton ( ) ever since I had my tooth repaired when I got it knocked out. I always go for my checkups and never anything needs to be done. Has anyone else had experience of problems with teeth after a long time on inhaled or oral steroids? I need the steroids to keep my chest as well as possible but I don't want to be losing my teeth as a result. Would appreciate any help or advice etc. Thanks

    So many of us have eliminated lots of products and situations to avoid or triggers, and I see plenty of recommendations for things to eliminate. What about the things we replace them with? For example, I've had to eliminate fragranced body and cleaning products. I had no problem finding a fragrance-free laundry detergent (I like Bio-kleen, but there are tons of others), but I'm struggling to find a fragrance-free bar soap that isn't ridiculously expensive. I've also tried whenever possible to swap out greetings of hugs and kisses with handshakes. (Moderators, I know the site doesn't allow advertising, but with so many people in the community facing the need to avoid large numbers of products, I think it might be helpful for us to pool our experiences to find and share the few things that do work for us.)

    Recently I was recommended by my asthma doctor, to start getting the Nucala injection. I had severe asthma as a child, grew out of it at 18 and then it returned a few years ago at the age of 62. I have been on allergy shots for many years and continue to get them. My asthma symptoms are under control but, only while I'm on 10 mg. of prednisone daily along with Breo inhaler. I'm nervous about getting the Nucala injection because of the possible side affect of shingles. I had chicken pox as a kid and I have not had the shingles vaccine. Since Nucala is new, I want to know about its success rate thus far and if shingles has been reported after starting Nucala or after getting the shingles accident?

    "Hey, Quiet an important matter to be discussed. My son was suffering from Bronchitis since the age of 4. Now he is 10 years and he was on inhalers and steroid medicines. In spite of this, he would get episodes of breathlessness and cough almost every day. Even doctors used to feel sorry for him. Seeing a small child suffering like this with Asthma. He had his blood samples checked every time after asthma affects him. Now they decided to increase the dosage of the medicines. The nights were a horror for us until we got CPAP masks, at least to make sure he gets good sleep. Now that he sleeps well, can we consult a doctor to check if the dosage of medication can to be brought down or avoid the medicines at night? I'm afraid of the constant use of high steroid medicines can affect his body.

    Talking about the end of our life can feel taboo, but the fact is we will all be in that stage of life at some point, and having a plan, or at least making our wishes known, can make a better end of life experience for yourself and your loved ones. Having these discussions can be extremely helpful in identifying what we want, and just as important, what we don’t want through the different stages of life. Having trouble getting this conversation started? That's okay! This can be a tricky topic to approach. Ask your questions below or talk about what you have experienced when it comes to advanced directives.

    Hi everyone! As both exercise and cold weather trigger my asthma, I usually exercise indoors during the cold months. I enjoy dancing at home, using YouTube videos. That way I choose songs I like, adjust intensity to my needs and can also fit it into my schedule. Sometimes I swim indoors- I find it great for my breathing. Any other fun ideas? What is your favorite one?

    Hi All, I just want to ask if anyone ever tried using medical cannabis as an alternative meds? I have read many articles about medical marijuana and how it can help you in terms of chronic pain, glaucoma, eating disorder/anorexia, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, inflammation, even cancer and a lot more. Like this article about asthma and marijuana from Cbd and thc are also new to me and I don't even smoke. If this is true I cant find any solid conclusive evidence that speaks to its efficacy. Any personal experience or testimonial would be highly appreciated. Thanks

    Hi I'm newly diagnosed.

    Finally home after my latest hospital admission. It’s been a rough few weeks and this latest episode has left me with more questions than answers. I’ve now managed to update my asthma blog
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