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How do you manage infrequent triggers of asthma?

Whether it's , a , that once a year explosion of from our least-favorite flower, or our co-worker's new perfume that you had no idea would be a trigger that day … sometimes we all round a corner to find something we hadn't expected.

What are ways that you deal with that trigger 'round the corner? How do you make sure that you are more than a match for asthma? 

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  • LK

    Still working on the part of being more than a match for asthma!!    

    One thing I do is always, always have my mask with me and in a pocket or my purse so it is easily accessible.  

    Another is to always have my rescue inhaler and nebulizer within easy reach.  

    Sometimes if it is walking past someone who has strong perfume or is smoking my fastest "help" is to hold my breath if it is for a very brief time.  

    Can't wait to hear how others deal with this!

  • Marie E Natzke

    Good question Cynthia! I went 45 yrs between asthma attacks.  Don't have them often but when I do they are bad attacks. As some of you know my trigger is dogs. When I run into pets in public places like beauty shops, car dealerships, I complain. Because of my complaint 's I've been able to stop people from bringing their dog at the beauty salon, and the car dealership is keeping the waiting area clean. I was there a couple weeks ago and I didn't see any dog hair this time!! I've complained at the mall as well. I saw a couple with a bull dog walk into Target as I was walking out. By the time I got into my car the guy was standing outside with the dog!!

  • Shea

    The stylish asthma mask in my purse is helpful for me for short length store run-ins (only if the store is big and clean– not fir small stores/inside areas that keep a pet in them regularly). I have been testing it for secondhand exposure and it helps but I dont think I could wear it every day because it isnt comfortable for me to wear it longer than an hour at a time. So Id say it is good for the infrequent run-ins of lower concentrations of allergens. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I always wear a mask when I am out in public. If it starts getting rough, I use my rescue inhaler and head home. 

    If the weather is the trigger, then it's mask on in the house time. I keep hydrated. It helps. 

    Avoidance is the best way. Be proactive. If an unexpected trigger comes up around the bend: be prepared with a mask and meds!!!! If all else fails, get medical assistance ASAP! 😷

  • K8sMom2002
    Marie E Natzke posted:

    Good question Cynthia! I went 45 yrs between asthma attacks.  Don't have them often but when I do they are bad attacks. As some of you know my trigger is dogs. When I run into pets in public places like beauty shops, car dealerships, I complain. Because of my complaint 's I've been able to stop people from bringing their dog at the beauty salon, and the car dealership is keeping the waiting area clean. I was there a couple weeks ago and I didn't see any dog hair this time!! I've complained at the mall as well. I saw a couple with a bull dog walk into Target as I was walking out. By the time I got into my car the guy was standing outside with the dog!!

    Oh, this is AWESOME news, Marie! Thanks for the update! Way to go on advocating for yourself! I wish you could take a photo of you in that nice clean waiting area or salon and show the world how you are .

    Shea, I am SO hoping that masks can become more comfortable for long-term wear. Wouldn't it be great if we could have those clear breathers that they had for the aliens in Man of Steel? What are some improvements that you'd like to see in a mask? Maybe you could start a new topic where we could all brainstorm?

    Deb, good point about keeping your mask handy and being prepared — the Boy Scout School of Asthma Management!

  • Shea

    I dont think there is any improvements they can make in the mask, because allergens get into my eyes and on my skin. with it on and I shouldnt have to wear a hazmat suit people should just stop bringing in their dogs. It isnt practical for me to wear it out everywhere or for places with dogs in them–they all have some leakage, they get expensive and can be tough to wash so durability/price for the nice ones isnt in my range and insurance isn't covering it. I havent read any studies on using it daily for asthma so its effectiveness is unknown, it gets hot and uncomfortable, it is hard to talk with it on. There is no way to properly clear the dander and it causes harm and undue hardship to businesses many of whom do not want dander there due to safety and health issues and get bullied and sued and it isn't right. So I dont want people to force all allergic people to wear masks I just want tem to keep their animals at their own home.. There is a lot of good info about dander shown in this scholarly article:

    I will be trying to put together an email soon to our homeschool co-op about dander. I am nervous. 

  • Pljohns

    For me, the triggers are very rarely the same so I have no warning what is going to cause me a problem and what won’t and what has once, may not the next time. I’m trying to get better about my mask-was better last year during flu season-but it’s a work in progress.  I keep a neb with me but I’m super sensitive about using it because of several bad experiences in public with it.  

    Like Cynthia-I will hold my breath if something short term sets me off and I keep a scarf with me all the time in cold weather to guard against the wind.  I’m fighting with that now becuase it’s already so hot I want the AC blowing in my car but it sets me off.

    Like I said, still a work in progress but when you don’t know what is going to give you a hard time and if it does once, it may never again, it’s hard.