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Welcome to Our New Members in March!

Whew, is it really March? It's snowing hard today here in Pennsylvania, so it's the perfect opportunity to send out a warm, fire-side welcome to the newest members of the Asthma and Allergic Diseases Support Community!

I'm Megan, managing adult-onset exercise-induced asthma, triggered by allergies and cold. 

We hope you take your coat or shoes off, and make yourself right at home here. This community is a wonderful source of information, support, and encouragement!

We would love to hear your suggestions for what you do when . Or check out our , where members share the ups and downs of their day with the community. 

Are your up already? Let us know how you are coping with them, or find tips from others on managing your environment to reduce symptoms. 

We hope you feel welcome to explore the forums, ask questions, and share your experiences. 

Lastly, make sure you bookmark our  so you can easily find your way around.

Help me welcome: @westinbrodey, @Sarah Collins, @CMHasthma, @MB, @Ckmom, @Susan V., @StaciaV, @Jake brown, @Chichi, @Lauren Monthei, @R. H., @Caroline1119, @Frederic, @BaranFam, @Reena, @Si

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  • LK

    Welcome!! 

    I know it is no picnic living with asthma, but since we do have that challenge I'm glad you found these forums!  I'm Lisa and I have adult-onset, cough-variant asthma triggered by cold air, strong odors, car and diesel exhaust, aerosol sprays, dust, and a few other things.  I found AAFA about six months ago and at first wasn't sure I would ever post anything - comment, question or otherwise!  Now I feel right at home giving encouragement to others who are having a difficult time, offering ideas that work for me, and also asking for support from folks who have been through or are in similar situations. 

    Look forward to seeing how you deal with asthma and what helpful suggestions you have! 

  • Reena

    My 10 year old son  has asthma and food allergies. In his case swelling, stuffy nose, sinus pain- – one or all of these precede an asthma flareup.  Store islea are filled with OTCs containing diphynylhydramine, epinephrine, dexomethorphan and guanafesin. I am always tempted to give  him these OTCs  for  some relief especially at night, when natural remedies like honey,  ginger soups , salt water gargle nasal rinse and the asthma inhalers  are not giving any relief from stuffiness congestion and cough. please share your experience with OTCs and their association with asthma flareups

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs, Reena … that sounds really tough. 

    I'm sure you have, but could you check with your son's doctor? It sounds like maybe you guys need to have a "sick plan." That when you see something like a sinus infection brewing, you don't have to wait and you have a clear idea of what steps to take.

    I know that a sinus infection used to be a sure trigger for both me and my daughter — she's 16 now, but we really struggled when she was little.

    Through much back and forth and experimenting, our doctors have worked out a sick plan for us, and a plan to help us keep from getting sinus infections so often.

    For my DD, it involves year round antihistamines and saline spray, and then an addition of pseudoephedrine (the behind the counter decongestant) when we start seeing any congestion. There are other steps that we take as well, but it's individually tailored to my daughter's particular situation.

    Some folks take year round nasal sprays, while others (like my daughter) can't do nasal steroid sprays. Some folks just begin taking their antihistamines when pollen starts peaking and stop when the growing season is over.

    So maybe it's time to reach out to your doctor's office and at least talk with the doctor's nurse? Or you could begin with your pharmacist and review what OTC meds would work with the rest of your son's current medications.

    Hugs … I know how frustrating this gets!

  • Pljohns

    Welcome everyone-living with asthma can make you feel like no one understands what you're going through but WE DO.  We all live with it daily just like you do and we know what it's like to live like we have to.  Sorry you had a reason to hunt for a forum about asthma but we are very glad you found us.  I'm Lynn and I have adult onset, non allergic severe uncontrolled asthma-I found AAFA a year ago and the people on this board have helped me tremendously.  I was the person that hid in the bathroom to use a neb or didn't do it at all and wouldn't tell anyone that I had asthma.  Now with the support of the group here, I do a neb anywhere I need to, wear a mask in public to keep from getting sick and have no trouble telling people that I have asthma.  You will find this group is a wonderful resource as well as AMAZING support.  Jump right in and add your comments to existing threads or start new ones-we welcome all comments/suggestions/experiences and topics-welcome again!

  • K8sMom2002

    Reena, wondering if you found anything out from your doctor or pharmacist about meds that might work for you. 

    I agree with Lynn — it stinks that you have asthma and need this forum, but the member here are great!

  • K8sMom2002

    I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all of you who have joined us in the last week in our Asthma and Allergic Diseases Support Community! 

    Please make yourself at home: explore the , ask questions, and share experiences.  This is a wonderful haven to find encouragement, support and good information! 

    I should know — I've benefited from it! I'm Cynthia — my daughter and I have asthma, and my daughter has eczema. AAFA's been such a great help to me in understanding our asthma better. 

    Whether you're trying to figure out , find tips on , or you want to take your mind off your asthma by hearing other members share "" … AAFA has something for everyone managing asthma and allergic disorders.

    We want to hear how things are going for you. How are your ,  or  affecting you today? Join in the conversations or .  We look forward to hearing from you!

    Also, handy tip: make sure you bookmark our  so you can easily find your way back here. 

    Please join me in giving a hearty welcome to our newest members:

    @Cyndi, @Ted1, @Tnewage, @Marcel stuart, @Trina Lyn Spence, @Llmeheula, @Mayur, @Disa, @Munawar, @KPH, @Reba, @Lisamholder, @Amber Says Shine, @Thialee, @Linda_Utah, @Pickle, @GY, @Gliebes3, @Shorena, and @Jilk … did I miss anyone? If you joined in the last week, and I missed you, feel free to say hi and introduce yourself!

  • Amber Says Shine

    Hi all! I've been living with asthma my whole life. Extreme stress seriously exacerbated it a few years ago I had to do prednisone burst dfo the first time (and two times since). Doing much better now with a lot of lifestyle changes. Seasonal allergies have also developed over the last 15 years since I moved to L.A. (originally from Central Cali).  I'm so glad to have found this organization and forum!!

  • K8sMom2002

    Welcome, Amber! Hugs on the stress … I love your signature, btw! I've been thinking about stress and mindfulness a lot lately. 

    Maybe you or I should on tips to manage stress!

  • LK

    Hi Amber!  Welcome!   

    I found these forums little over six months ago and am so thankful for all the support and helpful suggestions.  I am also thankful for the sense of belonging.  Before I found AAFA I thought I was the only one who had persistent asthma that wasn't well controlled by only a rescue inhaler. 

    Stress is a big trigger for me as well.  I have other triggers, too, but have learned to listen to my body and breathing from 'talking' and listening to other peoples' experiences here. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Amber, just wanted to let you know that I started a "" topic … feel free to chime in with any tips that you may have!

    Lisa, about this group — super fabulous group of members on this community!

  • Reena

    Thank you K8SMom2003, 

    We have an asthma action plan . I will surely ask the doc about the sinus action plan , a plan to follow at the onset of a sinus congestion. How effective is fluticasone propionate (steroid)nasal  spray  in preventing rhinitis symptoms.

    I am so fortunate to have found this forum, Thank you Cynthia and Lynn  for sharing valuable information. It really helps.

     

  • Kathy P

    Hi Reena. My son dealt with recurrent sinus issues for a while. Everything seemed to flare a sinus inflammation and lead to infections and asthma flare. Have you seen an ENT? Between our allergist and ENT, we managed to my son's sinus issues under control. And he has more added to his "sick plan" whenever he starts getting a cold or allergy flare. 

  • Marie E Natzke

    Hi Reena,

    Welcome to the group.  I suffer from Allergic Asthma and sinus infections.  Asthma my whole life,sinus infections the last 4 years.  I had an asthma attack in 2013 and started having infections.  I've been to 3 different ENT's.  The one Dr told me to try an avoid decongestants.  Sometimes these drugs help but then you get a rebound problem.  What I mean is it creates the stuffyness your trying to get rid of.  Talk with your son's Doctor about it.  Soemtimes people are allergic to something in these drugs as well.  The current sinus Dr I'm going to gave me budsonide to put into my nasal rinse and it helped a lot.  But then he wanted me to back off on it and use nasal spray and now I'm back where I started.  So I have an appointment this coming Friday to see him.  I don't do well with any nasal sprays.  Could be the preservatives in them I'm not liking too much.  I also have inflammatory arthritis and had to stop taking the Celecoxib this past week.  My hives and itching are gone.  So not I have to let the Doctor's know about this drug reaction/allergy. 

    Hang in there!

  • Kathy P

    Marie – my allergist has had my son and me use budesonide in nasal rinse. We used a vial of nebulizer med in a bottle along with the salt packet. I currently am dealing with a sinus infection and the sinus rinses are helping a lot to keep stuff loosened.

  • Megan Roberts

    Happy first day of spring! Sending out a warm spring greeting to the newest members of our Asthma and Allergic Diseases Support Community!

    I'm Megan, managing adult-onset exercise-induced asthma, triggered by allergies and cold. 

    We hope you take your shoes off, and make yourself right at home here. This community is a wonderful source of information, support, and encouragement!

    We would love to hear your suggestions for what you do when . Or check out our , where members share the ups and downs of their day with the community. 

    Are you struggling with ? Let us know how you are coping with them, or find some great tips from others on managing your environment to reduce symptoms. 

    We hope you feel welcome to explore the forums, ask questions, and share your experiences. 

    Lastly, make sure you bookmark our  so you can easily find your way around.

    Help me in welcoming: @Katerina, @RebekahLora, @Kelleykell3, @Carolina, @Jilly,

     @Dianad, @Debbie D., @Jenn H., @Jhordana, @Helle, @Terrapin69, @JJzip, @Jojo, @Ingit, @Ironmom316, 

    @Carmel Lennon, @vpatronilo, @JIO123, @Ash, @Josie, @Barrister, @asmithpa, @mrad

  • LK

    Hello   to all the new members! 

    So glad you have found these wonderful forums and sources of information!  Sorry you have asthma, but there is an abundance of support, helpful suggestions, and encouragement here!  I'm Lisa and was diagnosed with adult-onset, cough-variant asthma about 5 1/2 years ago.  Just found out recently that I also have allergic asthma, so am now trying to learn all about that aspect of 'life with asthma', too. 

    Until I found AAFA, I didn't know anyone else who had persistent asthma like I have.  The people I knew who have asthma weren't on any maintenance asthma meds and if they had any trouble breathing, one or two puffs on a rescue inhaler cleared that up.  As for me, I am on several maintenance meds and have learned that I need to be careful so as to avoid as many of my triggers as possible.  I am so grateful for all the support and encouragement I have found here.

    Looking forward to hearing how you are living with asthma or what difficulties you have endured!

    Welcome!!

     

  • K8sMom2002

    I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all of you who have joined us in the last week in our Asthma and Allergic Diseases Support Community! 

    Please make yourself at home: explore the , ask questions, and share experiences.  AAFA has given me lots of good support and encouragement!

     I'm Cynthia — my daughter and I have asthma, and my daughter has eczema. AAFA's been such a great help to me in understanding our asthma better. 

    Whether you're trying to figure out , share tips on , or you want to take your mind off your asthma by hearing other members share "" … AAFA has something for everyone managing asthma and allergic disorders.

    We want to hear how things are going for you. How are your ,  or  affecting you today? Join in the conversations or .  We look forward to hearing from you!

    Also, handy tip: make sure you bookmark our  so you can easily find your way back here. 

    Please join me in giving a hearty welcome to our newest members:

    @Nurse Wendy, @Farah, @Ally, @ELT, @Lindsey, @Deborah367, @wsmith1166,    @Zorro, @Super Alex, @Roshanb22, @Awais, @LuckieDuckie, @AnnaW, @kola05, @Melissa G, @Annette, @Brookeuwo, @Nat, @Melizmeliz, @HufflinPuff, @LayC,   @AsthmaMomx2, and @Aswani