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I was diagnosed with a mold allergy causing asthma about 37 years ago after they tried many different asthma meds that didn't work. They recommended Clortrimeton 12 mg tabs (12 hours). It worked. I also have a rescue inhaler and years later was prescribed Advair as well. Recently my breathing has gotten pretty bad. Today I realized that it might be caused by an extreme mold smell in my basement. The weird thing is is that we have no water coming into the basement. I have an upcoming appointment with a Pulmonology (new). I am afraid I will have to go through a lot of invasive testing when perhaps it is the mold smell in my basement. I would just get someone to come and help but we are very low on funds. My Advair inhaler is costing about $170.00 a month (after insurance). They tried a cheaper one but it made my breathing worse. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do in the basement? It is so bad I don't think anything but an industrialized dehumidifier would work. Or a company to come in. Thanks. 

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  • JohnB

    Contact the manufacture they have a program to help out people that need the inhaler my wife was going to go through it when I lost my insurance and never did… My Psorsis Meds comes from Otezla as my insurance wont pay for it so they send me  3 Month Supply at a time good for 1 yr Script … so contact them and tell them that you need assistance in getting it 

  • RedCoog

    Kcorn,

    ive read that you can rent machines (or have companies) check for mold! Also maybe having the basement cleaned up, dehumidifies, etc.

     these options would not be easy or cheap,  but may be worth the try!!

     

     

  • Pljohns

    There is this REALLY GOOD stuff called damp-rid-you can get it at walmart and most any place like that.  Our basement smelled musty too and like you, we had no water coming in.  We put a bucket in the closet and that took care of it.  It is some sort of crystal that soaks up moisture from the air like a dehumidifier but it's like $10.  It would definitely be worth a try.

    As for the meds, does your doc have samples?  I worked in primary care for over 20 years and i can't tell you how many samples we threw out because they expired.  We finally got hooked up with a local charity pharmacy that would dispense meds to people with no insurance at no cost-they accepted samples from doctors offices that they didn't want and that still had at least 90 days before expiration.  Could be worth asking about.  I hate to ask about stuff like that but my maintenance med used to cost me over $700/month and that was just for one of them.  Thankfully my company changed insurance plans July 1 and now its $60/month so i can afford it.  But, I had ask my PCP about getting samples and he was happy to get them for me.  They would send me a portal message when they came in and I would go get them.

  • K8sMom2002

    Welcome, @kcorn! Hugs on the breathing issues and the mold!

    You've gotten some great tips already from RedCoog and JohnB.

    JohnB is right that many companies do have assistance programs. AAFA has a great resource blog post on . Many of them have co-pay assistance programs that may help. 

    As for the pulmologist, could you go and see and talk with the doctor and explain, "Hey, I don't have a lot of money for testing, so could we start with the cheapest/most effective approach first?"

    On the basement mold issue, could you (or a family member not allergic to mold) give that basement a thorough going over to find the source of the mold? Getting to the root of the problem may seem pricey, but if you save $$ in testing and treatment, it may be cheaper in the long run — and much better for your health.

    Here's a great AAFA resource on .

    Are there windows that you could open, or is there a way you could improve air flow? Do you have a central HVAC system? If so, could you try a filter that's better suited for asthma and allergy sufferers? The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program has a list of filters that are not that pricey that work well to reduce mold spores. I use one that is rated to remove mold spores, and it's maybe $15 and can last for up to three months if you don't live in a really dusty place.

    Here's more about the certification program:

    The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international research organization, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. You can find certified products and services such as carpet cleaning, flooring, vacuums and more at 

  • kcorn
    Pljohns posted:

    There is this REALLY GOOD stuff called damp-rid-you can get it at walmart and most any place like that.  Our basement smelled musty too and like you, we had no water coming in.  We put a bucket in the closet and that took care of it.  It is some sort of crystal that soaks up moisture from the air like a dehumidifier but it's like $10.  It would definitely be worth a try.

    As for the meds, does your doc have samples?  I worked in primary care for over 20 years and i can't tell you how many samples we threw out because they expired.  We finally got hooked up with a local charity pharmacy that would dispense meds to people with no insurance at no cost-they accepted samples from doctors offices that they didn't want and that still had at least 90 days before expiration.  Could be worth asking about.  I hate to ask about stuff like that but my maintenance med used to cost me over $700/month and that was just for one of them.  Thankfully my company changed insurance plans July 1 and now its $60/month so i can afford it.  But, I had ask my PCP about getting samples and he was happy to get them for me.  They would send me a portal message when they came in and I would go get them.

    This may be where I can begin (damp rid) due to low funds, I just hope it helps in our very large basement. I don't know what I could  do if it cost $700. a month, that's awful. I think we should have better governmental control over pharmaceutical prices. Fine if you can afford it but this week my meds cost twice as much as our groceries. My docs don't use samples anymore, not sure why. I don't think Advair diskus comes in a sample but good idea. 

  • kcorn
    JohnB posted:

    Contact the manufacture they have a program to help out people that need the inhaler my wife was going to go through it when I lost my insurance and never did… My Psorsis Meds comes from Otezla as my insurance wont pay for it so they send me  3 Month Supply at a time good for 1 yr Script … so contact them and tell them that you need assistance in getting it 

    I will look that up. I think I was given a form once about it. The problem is we might be over income because we had to go from 2 full time jobs to 1 and my part time job. We cut down the bills as much as possible but my husband is doing  the best he can and we still struggle to buy food. I will look into it  again though. Also I am out of Clortrimeton now and my pharmacy is out of stock. I have to wait at least 3 days if they get it. So for now it's Benadryl which doesn't do such a good job and causes drowsiness. Many thanks.

  • kcorn
    RedCoog posted:

    Kcorn,

    ive read that you can rent machines (or have companies) check for mold! Also maybe having the basement cleaned up, dehumidifies, etc.

     these options would not be easy or cheap,  but may be worth the try!!

     

     

    Yesterday I called a specialist and yes, even the test is $295. – maybe at some point I can afford that. The cleaning I thought we could do but he said that if you disrupt the mold its worse because the spores are released. They said about $2000-3000 to have them do the cleaning and get a certificate that is good for 10 years if we sell the house. Unfortunately the time I take to get all this money will be after my pulmonology appointment and I still fear about invasive testing. (I'm kind of an anxious person when it comes to this stuff). I think eventually that might be the way to go because someday we will want to sell the house and I don't want someone to complain about the mold smell. Thanks for the reply.

     

    JohnB posted:

    Contact the manufacture they have a program to help out people that need the inhaler my wife was going to go through it when I lost my insurance and never did… My Psorsis Meds comes from Otezla as my insurance wont pay for it so they send me  3 Month Supply at a time good for 1 yr Script … so contact them and tell them that you need assistance in getting it 

    I will look that up. I think I was given a form once about it. The problem is we might be over income because we had to go from 2 full time jobs to 1 and my part time job. We cut down the bills as much as possible but my husband is doing  the best he can and we still struggle to buy food. I will look into it  again though. Also I am out of Clortrimeton now and my pharmacy is out of stock. I have to wait at least 3 days if they get it. So for now it's Benadryl which doesn't do such a good job and causes drowsiness. Many thanks.

  • kcorn
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Welcome, @kcorn! Hugs on the breathing issues and the mold!

    You've gotten some great tips already from RedCoog and JohnB.

    JohnB is right that many companies do have assistance programs. AAFA has a great resource blog post on . Many of them have co-pay assistance programs that may help. 

    As for the pulmologist, could you go and see and talk with the doctor and explain, "Hey, I don't have a lot of money for testing, so could we start with the cheapest/most effective approach first?"

    On the basement mold issue, could you (or a family member not allergic to mold) give that basement a thorough going over to find the source of the mold? Getting to the root of the problem may seem pricey, but if you save $$ in testing and treatment, it may be cheaper in the long run — and much better for your health.

    Here's a great AAFA resource on .

    Are there windows that you could open, or is there a way you could improve air flow? Do you have a central HVAC system? If so, could you try a filter that's better suited for asthma and allergy sufferers? The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program has a list of filters that are not that pricey that work well to reduce mold spores. I use one that is rated to remove mold spores, and it's maybe $15 and can last for up to three months if you don't live in a really dusty place.

    Here's more about the certification program:

    The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international research organization, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. You can find certified products and services such as carpet cleaning, flooring, vacuums and more at 

    Thanks for the hugs. Yes it is hard because there is so much I want to do that lately I am not able to. I believe this above site aafa.org/certified is where I got the name to a specialist on mold in my area. But I will l check again. In another reply I mentioned the prices which right now are prohibitive. We are hoping to refi the house due to low funds. We went from 2 full time jobs to 1 and my part time job which doesn't pay alot but I wasn't able to keep working full time. But with 2 full time jobs you end up with the bills that would have covered. We aren't really poor, just unable to have anything left after bills and a little for food. We've cut down a lot, and need to more. All the windows are open but should have been open sooner. The last time we opened them all and it got cool out, the furnace went out and we were told the gaskets got loose because it was cold.  I'm not really sure what HVAC is, but we have oil heat, forced hot water I believe. We only have a window air conditioner which we try to keep very clean. We also have a humidifier for the winter when we use the wood stove.  That is also kept very clean. My appt. is next week and we have the refi appt. same day. I'm not sure I'm replying correctly because things look like they are running into each other. Thanks for the reply and hugs. 

  • Jen

    For the replies, I think you may be hitting reply with quote each time (clicking the take action button and then clicking reply with quote).  Instead, try using the green "post reply" button at the end of each topic.  

    HVAC = heating ventilation and air conditioning

  • K8sMom2002

    @kcorn, I know too well that state of every penny counting! I hope your appointment AND your refinance appointment went well if you've had it already — and if you haven't, well, good your way!

    Do you have forced air through your oil heat? Or is with radiators? If it's forced air and you have a return, you can use a special air filter that is not THAT expensive. 

    Another possibility on your antihistamine … sometimes you can talk to your pharmacist and get a bulk generic bottle for a cheaper price. I know our pharmacist helped us find a big bottle of the generic form of Zyrtec that was way cheaper than even the smaller house-brand generic we could find on the pharmacy shelves. 

  • K8sMom2002

    @kcorn, did you find out any helpful information at your doctor's appointment? And I hope the refinance appointment went well, too!

  • Jen

    @kcorn Are you still dealing with the mold smell from your basement?