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Exterior Athsma trigger-power washing off mildew

I  power washing my exterior deck that had dirt & mildew buildup. Following the work Saturday, I began experiencing athsma symptoms, deep chest cough & overall run down feeling that has now lasted 3 days. I had severe athsma thru my early twenties, but have not experienced an attack in 25+ years. Could this be due to disturbing the mildew and dirt with 8 hours of power washing? My cough and tight chest symptoms have not subsided since it began on Saturday night.  

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  • Kathy P

    I have issues when I disturb mold – I've had a similar experience scrubbing mold from a shower. 

    Do you currently have a quick relief inhaler to take? You mention not having an attack in many years.

  • LK

    Welcome Bonnie!  Sorry you are having a rough time.  I know that for me when I do cleaning or other things that stir up dust, etc. that does trigger my asthma.  I have a rescue inhaler that helps and if it doesn't help enough I use the albuterol in my nebulizer.  Do you still have a rescue inhaler?

    What were your asthma triggers back when you had severe asthma?  Mold?  Dirt/dust? 

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs, Bonnie … I wanted to share a guide that my doc goes by when it comes to figuring out what I should do when.

    Which zone would you be in?

    I've had issues with cleaning (not mold, but dirt and grass and reactions to the chemicals in the cleaning solution.) 

  • Bonnie

    Thank you Cynthia,

    I am in the yellow zone. I just had my doctor prescribe a rescue inhaler & the pharmiscist recommended me to take a brochodialator in the meantime. I t has been so long sinc ethis has happened and I had never thought about mildew & power washing-wow! Now I know!

  • Bonnie
    Kathy P posted:

    I have issues when I disturb mold – I've had a similar experience scrubbing mold from a shower. 

    Do you currently have a quick relief inhaler to take? You mention not having an attack in many years.

    Kathy-thanks for the response. So I have called my doctor for a prescription foe a rescue inhaler. In the meantime, the pharmascist gave me a brochodialator. I never thought about the possible connection but now I know!. Scary stuff.

    LK posted:

    Welcome Bonnie!  Sorry you are having a rough time.  I know that for me when I do cleaning or other things that stir up dust, etc. that does trigger my asthma.  I have a rescue inhaler that helps and if it doesn't help enough I use the albuterol in my nebulizer.  Do you still have a rescue inhaler?

    What were your asthma triggers back when you had severe asthma?  Mold?  Dirt/dust? 

    Lisa, thanks for the reply. So yes mold has been a trigger many years past. I never thought since I was outdoors that it would have an effect. Silly me, right?!

     

  • K8sMom2002

    I hope that the rescue inhaler will get you out of the yellow zone … don't hesitate to call your doc back if it doesn't!

  • Kathy P

    Glad you called the doc and were able to quickly get rescue inhaler! Hope you feel better quickly. Did the bronchodilator help?

  • LK

    Bonnie,  I'm glad you were able to get rescue inhaler.  Hope it helps!  I know the albuterol makes me feel jittery as well for a bit.  

    I second what Cynthia said above about calling your doctor back if you don't improve very soon. 

    Let us know how you are doing!

  • LK

    Yes, it definitely is!  Even on my worst days someone here will give me encouragement or a shoulder to lean on.  Don't know what I'd do without the folks here.  

  • Melissa G

    Hi Bonnie! Welcome to AAFA! 

    I am so sorry you are struggling. How are you feeling now?

  • Bonnie

    Feeling better-went to my dr-was given prednedsone for 5 days. used the inhahler since last night. Still have a wicked deep cough. Frustrating to have this happen since I had hoped that it was gone forever!

  • Kathy P

    Glad you are feeling better! I understand how frustrating it is to have asthma rear it's ugly head suddenly. There were many years where I didn't even give a thought to mine. Then it would seem to flare. Did the doc tell you what symptoms (new or lingering) to watch for that would warrant a return visit?

  • LK

    Bonnie, Glad you are better!!    I understand the frustration completely!! 

    When I have a day or so that is an improvement from past days I am hopeful that the better-breathing will continue.  Even though I know that when I encounter one of my triggers it will set off my asthma again I am disappointed, frustrated and sad that I still have asthma.  You would think that after 5-plus years I would understand my situation, but nope!  Still keep thinking way in the back of my mind that it will keep improving instead of keep staying the same with good "blips" and bad "blips" along the way.  

    It must be even more frustrating to you after being free from asthma flares for so many years.    

    I hope the pred for 5 days really helps!!  I don't know if you have been on pred for some time but pred makes me a bit off kilter.  

  • Bonnie

    So all has been great! That power washing really was the culprit. Note to self-mask!

    Thanks for the note!