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Bad Air quality days or Ozone Action days. How do you feel when the air is bad? Do you do anything different because of it? Do you find you need more meds to get through the day?

I live in Chicago and sometimes we have Ozone Action days or Poor Air Quality warnings. Starting yesterday and was suppose to end today but now will continue until tomorrow. We have stagnet air so the dust particle in the air is high. It is also very hot here which started on this past Wednesday. Last week at this time we were in the 40's. It's over 90 today with 45% humidity. Air is a little hard to breathe in the sun better in the shade. When it gets very humid here makes it hard to breathe. 

So how do you feel with poor air quality alerts? Take more rescue inhalers??

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  • GigiGibson

    Hi ya! 

    The humidity has been havoc here in NC. Hibernating mostly. Waiting on my appt in Denver at Jewish National. 

    Trying to get to QOD pred dosing. I have osteopenia now from the pred. I have backed off duonebs since starting fasenra. Hopeful that this will get better. I see asthma doc Tuesday. 

  • Melissa G

    We stay inside more. If we have to go out, then at times I pre-treat Bekah with albuterol. 

  • Kathy P

    Hugs Marie – I have problems with air quality too. Last summer/fall we had terrible air quality here in the valley due to all the wildfires. I wore a mask outside on occasion and didn't try to exercise. 

    Are you ok inside? When the air outside is bad and we close up the house, the indoor air can become an issue as well. 

    Here is some good info on air quality - 

    We aren't doing much of anything! Dh left for a business trip Sunday morning. The girl went on a road trip with friends. It's just me and the boy. 

    Saturday, DH and I went biking with friends. We met on the trail near us. We road about 32 miles, stopped for brunch. It was nice.

    So we grilled Saturday for the 3 of us. I made chicken marinated in al pastor paste. I butterflied the chicken to grill it. Then chopped the meat for tacos. So yummy!

    Today, the boy and I went to the farmer's market. We got artichokes… again! I'm getting pretty quick at prepping them. We also had pasta with sausage and peppers that I had in the crock pot all afternoon. 

    The boy helped me clean out the pantry. It was bad! Couldn't find anything and lots of expired "let's try this" stuff. Now we can see what we have and I got all the stuff that was sitting in bags into the pantry!

    I may go for a bike ride tomorrow. The boy is going to the mivmov with friends.

  • LK

    Hi @GigiGibson,  Good to hear from you again!    Have been hoping to hear how you've been.  Best of luck at your appointments!!  

  • Marie E Natzke

    Gigigibson good luck tomorrow

    Kathy P so far indoor has been ok. We had the air conditioning on for the last 3 days now. Getting tired of it and it is the first hit weekend of the year. We've tied record temps for this holiday weekend. The bad air continue into tomorrow but it is supposed to cook down a little and we are to have rain from the tropical storm hitting Florida.

  • Kathy P

    Oddly,we had our first really hit day today too. It was 90F – yuck!I hope the front coming through helps. Do you have issues when low pressure systems come through? I know some do.The information transmitted is intended solely for the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of or taking action in reliance upon this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you have received this email in error please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer.

  • Pljohns

    We get ozone warnings here and the humidity will choke you in the summer.  When it 90+ with 90+% humidity, you don't do anything but stay inside with the AC going.  Our AC has been on and off for a month now-hate the bills but I have to breathe.  On bad ozone days, I avoid going outside unless I absolutely have to and I keep the neb handy when I do.

  • LK

    Pretty much what Lynn says above for me, too.  I'm trying to figure out if the weather is worse than it used to be or if I am just much more tuned in to it since asthma has become a life-long companion.  

    Record high here yesterday of 91.  

    Horse trivia for the day -     

    There is a chart of recommendations for when it is too hot and humid to ride/work horses in the summer.  Basically it says when the sum of the temperature and the humidity it above 140 you should take it easy on your horse because when they sweat it is too humid for it to evaporate and the horse can overheat.  When the sum is over 150 you are not supposed to work them at more than a walk or only do light work in the morning or evening.  With the large body mass of a horse they have a harder time cooling down.  

    My dad has told me that he remembers on his uncle's farm they would start very early in the morning and then have a large lunch and take a break during the hottest part of the afternoon and then return to work.  In our part of the country, and other parts I am sure, that would rule out most of the summer!!    

    I know for me it was easier to deal with the heat and humidity if I started out early in the day and didn't come back in the air conditioning at all until we were done for the day.  Of course, that was before asthma.  

    Now I try to only go out in this hot, muggy weather as little as possible.

  • K8sMom2002

    Marie, hugs … here's that link to indoor air quality that Kathy may have meant to link to above:

      I know when DD was smaller, we used pollen alerts and air quality alerts to know whether she could play outdoors. We still avoid high pollen days and using the outside-air recirculating function on the car AC on days with air quality issues.

    • Marie E Natzke

      Ozone Action day extended again into today this is not normal for us to have it this hot and ozone warning this early in the season. The first couple days I didn't feel it too much but I started feeling it Yesterday and today. I'm getting hoarse from being in air conditioning most of the day and then being in sudden heat going to and from work. It's supposed to be cooler tomorrow with the rain from the Tropical storm but then it's supposed to be hot again. Since the asthma attack 5 yrs ago when we have a bad storm and there's a big barometer change I have a sudden breathing problems until the storm passes.

    • LK

      Marie,  We had one Ozone Action day last week and it seemed way too early in the season for it.  As much as I appreciate the air conditioner, I, too, tend to get a little hoarse and a bit of a sore throat from it.  

      We are getting pop-up thunderstorms this evening through the next few days so I figure it will add more moisture to the air when it warms up after the storms.  I should have enjoyed the few days of spring-like weather we had last month!    

      Changes in weather get me, too.  Do you pre-treat with anything before the drop in barometric pressure arrives in your area?

    • K8sMom2002

      Marie, hugs on the changes in the pressure and the weather … I hope things get better for you and the weather settles down. Is today any better?

      The temp changes are what get me in the summer. Could you take a cooling towel and put around your neck as you leave the cool indoor air and head out to warm air? One other thing I do — not good for the environment or saving $$ on gas, but when it's triple digits outside, I sometimes get my DH to start my car and let the AC run to cool off the interior.

      Good point about pre-treating, Lisa! I need to remember to ask my doctor whether I should do that. It does seem like a lot of moving pieces — sometimes a drop in the pressure won't trigger me, and other times, like it has for Marie, it does.

    • Marie E Natzke

      LK, Cynthia,

      today is finally better even though it's still not out we have a breeze now the Tropical storm I had moved through here yesterday. Tomorrow it's supposed to be in the 80 at least I hope so. I have pre-treated before I left house with bad weather hot humid or super cold not too much with storms. I never thought about using a cooling towel in the car good 💡idea!!!

    • K8sMom2002

      I hope the cooling towel idea will help! One thing you could do so that it wouldn't be soaking wet — you could put a dry towel in the freezer in a zip-top bag and keep it there — then use it dry but cool. 

      Another thing that helps me overall — keeping my allergy bucket as low as it can go. I know lots of us try to do things like make sure our air filters are the right sort and use air purifiers and dust and sweep and vacuum … 

      But for those of you still in the shopping stages for your first (or a second) air purifier, you might get lucky and win one! AAFA's got a blog about  – there's a great chance to win some SUPER prizes, like air purifiers that usually sell for thousands of dollars.

    • Pljohns

      I’m still trying to figure out bad ozone days-I’ve never been good figuring it out and without AM meds, it seems to bother me more.

    • K8sMom2002

      Hugs, Lynn … is it enough that you need to go back to the AM meds? Could you talk to your doc about trying an every other day routine? (That would be hard to keep up with, but it would be a half measure.)

    • Pljohns

      I”m not sure-I doing a lot of careful journaling with air quality and other stuff as well as any problems that I have.  If I can keep it going without AM meds, I would rather do that.  I would rather use albuterol when I need it-if I need it-than taking meds every day that I potentially don’t need.

    • Marie E Natzke

      PLJOHNS

      I'm sorry the weather is bothering you.  

      I notice that even though the air is on and the weather is bad outside I still feel it in the house until a storm passes. I will use the rescue inhaler and it seems to help me. Sometimes Asthma just isn't fair when your doing better and then it pulls you back again.

    • LK
      Marie E Natzke posted:

       

      I notice that even though the air is on and the weather is bad outside I still feel it in the house until a storm passes. I will use the rescue inhaler and it seems to help me. Sometimes Asthma just isn't fair when your doing better and then it pulls you back again.

      Marie,  Couldn't agree more!!

      Hope you are doing well after all your tests today!

    • Marie E Natzke

      Our ozone levels haven't been high enough this past week or so to issue alerts but at times it's been high. High enough that I've had a little bit of a cough. Not bad enough to use my rescue inhaler but enough that I've been feeling it. Since my rheumatologist out me back on prednisone I don't want to over medicate myself. We've had some cool days and now it's getting warmer and more humid. Also this coming weekend they are predicting the temps to be in the 90's with possible triple digit humidity which will put us on alert for heat related advisory, warnings. The summer of  1995  we had a 3 day heat wave of high temps and humid weather it actually felt like it was 126 degrees. 739 people died So now when the temp reaches a certain temp with a certain humidity we have heat advisory or heat warnings. 

    • LK

      Marie,  I remember that summer.  We lived about 50 miles west of Chicago then.  It never cooled down even a little bit at night.

    • Marie E Natzke

      LK. It's brought up every time we start having really hot humid days. What was really sad is that really wasn't the correct total loss of life. My sister worked with a man that lost his Mom the following summer due to the previous summer heat wave. They called it a cumulative effect. Their bodies were so stressed from the weather as soon as it was really hot again they died from heat related illness.

    • LK

      Marie,  That is sad.  My dad, a retired anesthesiologist, used to say that there definitely is a cumulative effect on people's bodies from extreme heat.  He'd say that if people, especially the elderly, could at least go somewhere inside for a few hours of air conditioning each day they could cope with it a little bit better.   If I remember there were some poor older folks who didn't have A/C and wouldn't open their windows because of they were afraid of someone breaking into their home or apartment.  Poor folks.

      It seemed like that it was even hotter in cities and the more populated areas where there is more asphalt/cement/concrete and buildings and less grass and trees that help cool the air from the evaporation of moisture from the leaves.  Of course when it's that hot, I'm not sure how much that really helps.

    • K8sMom2002
      Marie E Natzke posted:

      PLJOHNS

      I'm sorry the weather is bothering you.  

      I notice that even though the air is on and the weather is bad outside I still feel it in the house until a storm passes. I will use the rescue inhaler and it seems to help me. Sometimes Asthma just isn't fair when your doing better and then it pulls you back again.

      Marie, could it be the drop in pressure? I know sudden drops are a trigger for my asthma. I never thought to track that as well until I read an AAFA blog post called . Sure enough, for me, my lungs are as good a detector of the weather as a bird struggling to fly or an old football player's creaking bones.  

      I've spoken to my doc about pre-treating before a storm, but unless it's a sudden and extreme drop (say, like a hurricane), she says no for now. But she was open to discussing the idea. Could you track your symptoms in a journal and compare it with the barometric pressure and weather of the day, then talk with your doc?

    • Melissa G

      Today is one of those, "Don't go outside days". Bekah is upset with me because I cancelled horseback riding for tonight. It is just way too hot for her or me to be outside. We will "chill" inside and pack to go camping tomorrow. 

    • LK

      Melissa,  One of the constant duties of good mothers and good fathers is to put our children's and grandchildren's best interests first no matter what the children and grandchildren do or say to try to get us to change our minds.  Good for you.  

    • K8sMom2002

      Melissa, hoping the weather doesn't call on you to be the bad guy again … it's never fun to have to make those necessary calls for the good of our kiddos, but you do such a great job of it. 

      Lisa, I hear ya … friends they got, parents they need. Sigh. 

    • Pljohns

      It looks like i'm going to have to start keeping better track of this-without my main controller med, I'm really twitchy at the drop of a hat!  My pulmo had signed off on pre-treating weather changes to see how that went but I'm so bad at taking albuterol when I need it, I never think about it before the storms are already here.

    • LK

      It is also hard when storms are not in the forecast and  pop up out of nowhere.  

    • K8sMom2002

      That is true, Lisa. It happens to us a lot. As the weather heats up, the atmosphere gets more unstable, and then we can have sudden pop-up thunderstorms. 

      Lynn, ugh on the twitchies. I hope the pre-treating helps! I'm wondering … do you think you could find an app for your phone that has a barometer that would tell you when the pressure was dropping and send an alert? You might be able to pre-treat then.

      Or you could use the notifications from The Weather Channel app.

      I'm following along because I'm really wondering whether this strategy and a de-humidifier might be my missing pieces of the puzzle.