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My name is Todd from Pa. I recently joined so this is my first post. I am looking for knowledge on asthma and support in dealing with it. This allergic asthma is not easy to deal with as it can alter a person’s personality and not allow you to present your true self to others. Thank you for allowing me to join.

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  • LK

    Welcome Todd!    

    Glad you found these forums!  The members here are very supportive and willing to share our experiences in "life with asthma."  Can't tell you how much they have helped me with learning how to deal with the everyday aspects of asthma.

    I was diagnosed with adult-onset, cough variant asthma almost seven years ago and can relate to how it can change how we live our lives and it does affect our relationships with others.  

    If you don't mind me asking, how long have you had asthma?  Do you see a pulmonologist or allergist for your asthma?  

    Looking forward to hearing how you are doing?

    Again, Welcome!

  • Tmc

    Lisa, thank you for sharing. Currently, my care is through a family physician with Allegra, singular, albuterol, etc, but I have seen allergists in many occasions in my life. My strong allergies are to dust and mold and I have always struggled. However when I was younger, I had a lot of loose drainage and it was not as much of a problem. Within the last ten years, I have gotten a lot more inflammation that leads to congestion. I also have a lot of trouble with perfumes and chemicals.

  • Tmc

    I have to be careful of antihistamines because they can dry things out and contribute to dehydration along with the incredible amount of mucus my immune system produces.

  • Melanie Carver

    Hi Todd,

    Welcome to our asthma support community. Asthma can be difficult to manage, and it can be helpful to hear from others who understand its challenges. 

    I'd like to invite you to check out AAFA's free online class for adults with asthma.  We developed it with funding provided by the CDC. It takes about 2 hours to complete,  but you can move at your own pace and pause where you need to.

    Sign up here:

    Take care, 

  • Melissa G

    Hi TMC! 

    Besides taking an antihistamine, what do you do to Do you also use a nasal spray to help with the congestion? 

    We are here to help you any way that we can. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Hello! I am Debbie. I have severe persistent asthma, as well as COPD. My biggest triggers are perfume and cologne, baby powder…any strong chemical odor. I do have several other triggers. 

    I wear an RZ mask every time I leave the house. It helps to filter the fragrance. I sometimes have to wear it in my house. I live in the woods and wetlands, with the highway behind the back yard. If the highway is backed up, the exhaust from vehicles is unbearable

    I am using a Bevespi inhaler, Budesonide in the nebulizer, Montelukast tablets, ProAir rescue inhaler, Albuterol on the nebulizer as rescue medication, and I am on 5 mg. Prednisone daily. I have been on Prdenisone since November. I have had several bursts and tapers since then. 

    I find that the best thing to do is try to avoid triggers as much as possible. Yes. Your life does change. That cannot be helped. But having a positive outlook does help! 😀

    Be strong. Keep calm. Carry on. 💪