Wondering if anyone has had this happen

I am newly diagnosed with asthma (it has only been two years that I have been diagnosed, but my doctor suspects I have had asthma since I was younger), and am just learning and adjusting to what my triggers are. I was wondering if this was part of asthma ir just something else completely…I find if I drink something cold, I start to lose my breath and wheeze. Lately I drink a lot of ice coffee (my hours at work are long and all over the place, and it is a nice change  to hot cofee). Does anyone else experience this? It seems kind of silly that I need to use my rescue over a drink. 


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  • Kathy P

    That's interesting – have you mentioned it to your doctor? Cold air can be a trigger for some people. There could be something else going on. There are other things, such as vocal cord dysfunction, that can feel like asthma.

  • K8sMom2002

    Very curious … does it happen more with the coffee or equally as much with other cold beverages?

    Could you reach out to your doctor and ask if you could show the doc what happens when you drink something cold? 

  • Dar007

    @Kathy P, @K8sMom2002 I just came back from my pulmonologist (had the day off for appointments), and I happened to have an Ice Cap with me and didn’t have time to take a drink. So he listened to my lungs before and, later,  had me drink a few sips and then he listened to my lungs again. And I had started an attack right there and then! So I am slowly figuring out what to avoid. It happens with all cold drinks. It happened at the movies when I had a slush. It is not a strong  asthma attack but before my lungs were clear, and after he definitely heard wheezing. And I started coughing – which is a sign for me to watch it. So weird! He asked if it happens with ice cream. I wouldn’t know, haven’t had it in a while. Since it doesn’t cause a severe reaction, I think it is why I never noticed it before. I am just weird I think. lol 

  • K8sMom2002

    Glad he saw the before and after! I don't think you're weird at all!

    There are folks who have cold-induced hives — cold-induced urticaria — and they are cautioned to avoid cold drinks until they know how it will affect them. 

    Also, sudden changes in temperature will almost certainly trigger an asthma attack for me, and I don't even have to drink anything.

    This AM, for instance, I was fine and dandy while I was in bed, but the moment my feet touched my very cold floor, my lungs started twitching. When I got warmed up, my lungs eased off. 

    So it could be a lot of different reasons. But it would be good to figure out what you should do about it and when you should be on your guard. 

  • Kathy P

    Wow! Glad you were able to reproduce it and the doc was able to see/hear it! Guess you know to avoid that as a trigger now

  • Dar007

    I was very lucky. Usually something new happens and by the time I see the specialist, I am not having trouble at that time. Just really strange. Oh well. At least i know. 

  • LK


    Yes, cold drinks do the same thing to me!  Sets me to coughing, like you it's the first sign of my asthma flaring up.  I used to love a glass of ice cold water on hot summer days.  Now I can't drink anything colder than room temperature without sipping it slowly so it's not too cold when I swallow.  Took me awhile for me to figure it out. 

  • Dar007

    @LK Are you serious? Well I feel better that it isn’t just me, but really bad this is happening to others. I sometimes don’t know really what I am doing to trigger anything, and so it has been a guessing game. I am finding I am becoming allergic to things now that I am older that never bothered me before. I sometimes look at the specialist I see like he is crazy, but sure enough he is right. To me these allergic reactions and asthma is something you get when you are pretty young. But I guess it can happen anytime. I learned a lot today in my talks with him. 

  • Jen

    Yes!  I get this and I only have very mild cough variant asthma that will sometimes act up with a respiratory infection.  In recent years, I have found that milkshakes and slurpees will often make me cough.  Same with my kids.  I have read that there is something where cold drinks irritate the mucous lining of the throat for some people.  A quick google search shows some of the same, anecdotal information, but I have yet to find a more "scientific" source that explains this.

  • Shea

    Interesting. I just had a frozen coffee today and noticed my cough and wheeziness was worse after.. I thought it was because it was made with icecream and milk, and milk can be mucous-forming I have read and heard, so I often limit my milk intake–usually just do creamer in my coffee… I am in Florida and do so love iced coffees. This one was frozen though, and Im just getting over a cold so I might be a little inflamed. I do think I will avoid frozen things for a while though now that I notice this. 

  • K8sMom2002

    This is extremely interesting … Shea, do you think you could arrange to do a cold water test with your doctor like @Dar007 did? You could make it with crushed ice and water so it would have a similar texture as your frozen coffee. 

    Dar007, thanks for sharing this — it was something very similar that helped me figure out that one of my triggers was a weather change. Before, my asthma seemed so random and hard to figure out. But the longer I'm here on AAFA's community, the more things make sense! I'm not different, I'm not weird, I just have asthma and with the same triggers that other people have, too!

  • Dar007

    @Jen that makes sense! I also get bad respiratory infections that were first thought to be bronchitis. What you read makes so much sense. 

    @Shea that is what happened to me. I first thought it was the cream in my ice cap and that I might be lactose intolerant, but the more I drank the more I would fought and the wheezing got worse. I knew if I continued it would only get worse. 

    @K8sMom2002 this community is SO helpful! I love reading the posts. Everyone is so knowledgeable. 


  • Shea

    I could. When I was real inflamed last week from picking up a cold, and the air was cold outside, my asthma acted up badly outside and I had to wear my mask out (it really helped keep my air warm and humid which helped my breathing a lot duringbthat time). So Im going to keep cold things on my "what to avoid when when inflamed" list, and once I get back to my normal I will see how it affects me either by personal trial and paying attention or at a doctors office.

  • K8sMom2002
    Dar007 posted:

    @Jen… this community is SO helpful! I love reading the posts. Everyone is so knowledgeable. 

    I so agree! I think our collective knowledge helps us all out, right? We're in this together!

    Shea, good plan! I'm thinking I'd classify it as a "don't try this at home, folks" to make sure that my doctor got a good listen and I didn't trigger my asthma. 

  • LK
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Before, my asthma seemed so random and hard to figure out. But the longer I'm here on AAFA's community, the more things make sense! I'm not different, I'm not weird, I just have asthma and with the same triggers that other people have, too!


    I couldn't agree more!!