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Is the Weather Affecting Your Asthma?

The weather has been crazy – super cold to oddly warm. We had heavy rains last month and warm weather this month which means the trees are blooming and molds are high. But for some as well.

Is the weather affecting you? How are you managing things to reduce the effect?

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  • kandicejo

    We had such a warm holiday now we're buried in snow. Definitely more coughing and hayfever stuff going on in our household the past couple of weeks. I have reactive airway and not full on asthma, but I've noticed a tight chest a few times. With DS being 14, med compliance is a constant battle. He's been coughing quite a bit but he's also got head congestion going on. I simply repeated what his allergist said – if you're taking your meds regularly, then I'll intervene with additional meds/treatments etc. But until then – TAKE YOUR MEDS. Every.Single.Day. And I bet you feel better! 

  • Former Member

    We never really had a good cold spell, so allergens have been an issue since early January.  I've had to use my rescue inhaler a few times and added my nose spray already to help.

  • Kathy P

    Ah, teen boys and med compliance! Story of my life Fortunately, mine is fairly pretty well and I'm hoping it continues. I know he's slacking on the nose sprays since we've been out of crisis mode for a few weeks.

    Does anyone have a "seasonal" plan to bump things or start a new regimen for spring allergy season? 

  • Maryrita

    Reactive airways vs asthma… Very interesting.  

    What's known about  the differences?

  • kandicejo

    I'm not sure. I just know my test results were outside of normal but not enough to warrant an asthma diagnosis. 

  • Maryrita

    So what kind of testing did you have?

    i was diagnosed with asthma many years ago but several years ago also diagnosed as having a reactive airway episode.

  • Tricia

    The weather does affect my asthma if it's really cold or windy it takes my breath away. And I wheeze really badly.

  • kandicejo
    Maryrita posted:

    So what kind of testing did you have?

    i was diagnosed with asthma many years ago but several years ago also diagnosed as having a reactive airway episode.

    Basic testing prior to starting allergy shots – skin prick allergy testing and PFT. I had a history of a couple of chest tightness with fast/hard heartbeat episodes that also were considered. 

  • Maryrita

    Thank you.

    i was in a work environment where there were over 200 people in workstation pods and one person in particular wore extremely heavy perfume.  Over a period of 6 months my rescue puffer was failing to deal with the onslaught of scent and eventually I was diagnosed as having reactive airways.  I had to leave my job and it took almost a year to stop reacting to most perfumes and cleaning products.  Now I have to avoid certain types of products so it's been a learning curve.

  • kandicejo

    I'm also very sensitive to fragrances, but I get headaches/migraines and immediate stuffy head from them. So far no breathing difficulty. It's very hard to handle perfumes in those kinds of environments!

  • Maryrita

    Yes that's how I started out and after daily exposure it developed into reactive airways.    Ongoing challenge for sure��

  • Kathy P

    It's interesting how something like perfume can effect one person like that and not others. Many workplaces have policies on perfumes and heavy scents.

    I find second hand smoke really bad for myself. I got into a cab the other week and it reeked of smoke! I was gasping the entire drive! I was already in a flare. I used my scarf to filter thing which helped. The cab back smelled heavily of air freshener which caused a little problem, but not nearly as much!

  • Tricia

    I'm very sensitive to perfumes too but not all I have ppl at work tell me to take extra time on my breaks and things when someone has sprayed deodorants  as it has immediate  effect 

  • Maryrita

    Education is difficult as people think scent is only perfume and they often don't relate it to deodorant shampoos etc

  • Nicoletta27

    Yes, weather has really been doing a number on me the past few days (I'm in Warrenton, VA). Today is 60's and sunny; few days ago was in the teens!

    I've had asthma since 8th grade (now 43), but seems to be getting worse. A few years ago I was told I have allergic asthma.

    Today, I had a meltdown about my asthma (also missed work 2 days because of it). I don't ever like to play victim, but today is got to me.

    In my mind and my heart, I'm a marathon runner and constantly moving! In reality, it keeps holding me back in life. Hit me hard today…

    Anyone else have allergic asthma? What do you do – besides the usual inhaler/singulair/Allegra D cocktail that I am currently taking?

     

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  • kandicejo

    My DS is on a similar cocktail – symbicort, Zyrtec and singulair. Have you tried allergy shots? They have helped me and my kids.

    Were also in the mid 60s todya after snow a few days ago. I've been outside today doing some yard cleanup and I'm considering my inhaler. I'm definitely having an allergy flare but I'm also noticing some slight chest weirdness. My regular checkup is in April and I'm wondering if my diagnosis will progress to asthma. We'll see. 

  • Maryrita

    I don't know if it's of interest to anyone but…

    2 years ago I went to see an immunologist/allergist/asthma specialist that I had searched out on my own.  This was after several years of being sick all the time especially spring and fall and would end up on antibiotics 4/5 times a year.  I have environmental allergies along with my asthma and was getting very discouraged etc.. To make a long story short I knew I had to do something so I searched out this specialist and she tested my immune system and it indicated that the part of my immune system that would help me deal with the normal spring/fall allergens was only working at half its capacity.  Although I am not allergic to grass,pollens etc my system would get so overwhelmed with this stuff that I had nothing left to deal with the environment which was my real problem.  For the past 2 years I take monthly infusions of immuno globules and have been doing great since.

  • Kathy P

    Hugs Nicoletta…it's very frustrating when you want to do something and your body betrays you. I have allergic asthma and things are really bad right now. I'd love to start a veggie garden, but every time I try, I can't breathe when I'm outside in the spring.

    I restarted allergy shots a couple years ago and that seems to help quite a bit. It's allowed me to cut back on my daily meds. I still have to hit things hard and fast whenever I get sick and when the seasons change. My asthma continues to get worse bc my allergies get worse.

    Maryrita – that's fantastic that the immunoglobulin infusions are helping! That is potentially on the table for my ds, but we aren't there yet. His issue is not asthma, but chronic sinusitis.

  • Nicoletta27

    Thank you for the hugs and wisdom, ladies! Yes, today was definitely a bit of a meltdown. I refilled my singulair, bought an air purifier and am making an appt with a functional/integrative medicine doc this week. I've had enough of doctors just throwing meds at the problem.

    This disease will NOT own me!!!

    I am happy to hear the allergy shots and the immunity infusions are helping!! I am looking into shots in March.

     

    I am hypothyroid too, so I wonder if I have an autoimmune disorder as well.

  • Kathy P

    Stress is definitely an enemy! It can be a trigger in itself!

    Hopefully the Singulair and air purifier will help.

    GL w/ the functional/integrative med doc – have you seen the series start looking at complementary and alternative medicine for asthma? Be sure to follow the blog for all the parts of the series.

  • Maryrita

    Does anyone know why the weather, particularly winter, can have such an affect on those with asthma.  This winter for example where there are swings in weather patterns from cold to milder?

  • Kathy P

    There can be different factors depending on your triggers. For some people, it's the cold air itself. I know for myself, it's changes that make the molds start spewing spore or the trees start blooming.

  • LMGGOLD

    The weather always plays a part in my asthma management. In the winter months, the cold air causes me to wheeze and in the summer months the heat and hot air causes me to be out of breath.  No winning.  Just have to remember to constantly use my meds.  It's my only relief.

  • Kathy P

    It's hard when there is not "good" season!

    How is everyone holding up this week? Juniper is really high here and it's miserable!

  • Maryrita

    I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and although we've had a relatively mild winter this year, we've had wide swings in temperatures which has made for a difficult winter for me.  I also have environmental allergies which plays a big part in my asthma.  Usually I have to go on a 5 day high dose of prednisone each winter at some point when I cannot shake a cold / flu and my lungs have too much mucus that I cannot expell correctly due to the swelling.  This really helps and am on my feet in no time.  

  • Kathy P

    How is the weather treating you? It's been windy and bad here! Hubs cleaned all the debris off the deck over the weekend and it's already looking like the forest floor again! My allergies are going crazy, but for now my asthma is staying in check!

    How is everyone else doing?

  • Jen

    Our weather has been so back and forth (in MD).  It seemed like spring would never get here (the warmest it seemed to get for much of April was the 50s, maybe low 60s).  I was freezing at my kids' games.  Then…it just started getting warm toward the end of the month.  Back to chilly last weekend. Brrrr…I can't take it.  I'm sure the bakc and forth, along with the spring allergens, have been difficult for people with asthma.  Tell us how you're doing this spring…

  • Kathy P

    Is anyone dreading the start of fall? Starting to get the "Indian Summer" weather here w/ cool night and hot days. That's always good for a change up of the predominant pollens! At least the afternoon summer winds will be winding down.

  • Jen

    DD1's allergies are starting to act up.  New stuff in bloom I guess…  That and she hasn't been consistently taking her zyrtec.

  • Jen

    @kandicejo Did you ever get an asthma diagnosis?  How is your son preparing for the colder weather?

  • kandicejo

    I don't think my diagnosis changed. My regular checkup is next month. I do know that DD and I have hit the inhaler several times this week. DS kindly shared a head cold that was mild for him but hit us much harder. We're dealing with a lot of coughing. Despite not taking any meds except his allergy shots, DS hasn't had any issues. He took some sudafed and ibuprofen for the head cold/sinus stuff but otherwise has been good.