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Tips for managing asthma on outings – movies, sporting events, concerts, etc.

How do you manage your asthma when you go out?  

When you go to an indoor venue, do you take different precautions than if you go to an outdoor venue?

What meds do you take with you?

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  • K8sMom2002

    I always take my inhaler. I'm more concerned with outdoor venues, and any venues that have hay or livestock at them. I react terribly to hay for some reason, and when you combine livestock that rolls around in it or gets particles over their coats, it's even worse. A lot of times, I'll pretreat with my inhaler on my way to a venue like that. 

    Indoor venues — the only ones that worry me are the ones where there might be a possibility of cigarette smoke, but thankfully that's less and less of a problem these days. I do make sure I skirt around doorways and entrances and designated smoking areas. 

  • Jen

    Has anyone been out and about lately?  

    @Gloria - do you carry meds when you're out on your bike rides?

  • Gloria

    No. I take my Advair and Flonase right before I go out. I have not brought my rescue inhaler because my attacks occur at work from perfume exposure. I do always carry my rescue inhaler when I am out and about other than on my bike.

  • Jen

    Hmmmm…I wonder if it would be good to have, particularly given the data that you got the other day on your pulse ox.  Maybe one more question to add to the list for your dr appointment.

  • Gloria

    I will discuss these issues with my doctor next week. In the meantime, I don't know if I should be doing any uphill riding on my bike until I can get my questions answered. It seems that the duration of low sat is short and I recover very quickly, but I'm not sure how to proceed with this.

    I was able to schedule that one last test, a V/Q lung scan; so happily, I will have all my tests and appointments finished this month.

    I also have an appointment with a neurologist (Transverse Myelitis) and a rheumatologist (Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome) to try to get clearance for some kind of immunizations for flu and pneumonia. I have already been told that I can't get a Shingles immunization because it is a live virus injection and incompatible with my neurological problem. 

    Every time I see a new doctor, I explain to them that my goal is to be able to safely make it through my remaining one year three months until I can retire with full benefits.

  • K8sMom2002

    I think you have some good questions, Gloria, and an excellent goal.

    My inhaler goes everywhere with me ever since I wound up NOT having my inhaler during a particularly bad, out-of-the-blue attack while I was driving.