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My athma has gotten worse as I getolder does anyone else have this problem?
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wezziegirl posted:
I know can not be around bleach or lysole or I end up in the hospital.
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coughy16 responded:
Are you taking meds? Which ones? Do you follow up regularly with your dr on your asthma? Scents can set off my asthma, but they are not as likely to make me really sick if my asthma is under control. I would guess that if whiff of bleach is sending you to the hospital, your asthma is not well controlled. My asthma is fairly well controlled, & if I am exposed to triggers any resulting asthma episodes are much less severe than they were before I got things under control. Sounds like it might be time to visit your asthma dr.
 
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MSandyd replied to coughy16's response:
I take two inhaled steroids and two nebulizer treatments per day. About every two months I have to go for a steroid shot and a pred dose pack. If I am careful to stay on my med routine, it does say under control pretty much.
 
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masnpaswhocare replied to MSandyd's response:
I would have to agree with you about the bleach being an onset of your asthma. We have a 6 year old son who has severe asthma. During this time of year he is usually on the nebulizer every 2 to 4 hours along with singular, prednisone and flovent. When learned about the benefits of switching to green products we decided to give it a try. After we switched our Son's asthma is controlled solely with the singular. Unbelievable I know but I have tested this several times because I was not a firm believer that green products could make that much difference. During the first part of last fall I ended up going to the local stores for the cleaning products and within the first two weeks we were back in the Doctor's office getting his prednisone, flovent and 4-6x day neb treatments. And he was diagnosed with pneumonia. I said I would never do that to him again. We are strictly using natural cleaning products now. Don't know if you have considered using natural/green cleaning products to see if that would help you.
 
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masnpaswhocare replied to MSandyd's response:
I would have to agree with you about the bleach being an onset of your asthma. We have a 6 year old son who has severe asthma. During this time of year he is usually on the nebulizer every 2 to 4 hours along with singular, prednisone and flovent. When learned about the benefits of switching to green products we decided to give it a try. After we switched our Son's asthma is controlled solely with the singular. Unbelievable I know but I have tested this several times because I was not a firm believer that green products could make that much difference. During the first part of last fall I ended up going to the local stores for the cleaning products and within the first two weeks we were back in the Doctor's office getting his prednisone, flovent and 4-6x day neb treatments. And he was diagnosed with pneumonia. I said I would never do that to him again. We are strictly using natural cleaning products now. Don't know if you have considered using natural/green cleaning products to see if that would help you.
 
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wezziegirl responded:
Yes I am on lots of meds for my athma and have been for years
I have an awsome boss that changed the cleaner in my room that I teach in to a natural cleaner that is state aproved and I am doing much better as long as I not around the bleach and no one sprays lysole. The cleaner we are using at work is Sol-U-Guard Botanical I seem to do ok with it.
 
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wezziegirl replied to masnpaswhocare's response:
Yes at home we do at work it has to be state aproved and I have an awsome boss who changed the cleaner for me it is called Sol-U-Guard Botanical with Thymeoil it has a different smell but I dont get so sick with it. I was off work for 3 months because the bleach was making me so sick and I did not have one attack then I went back to work because of the cleaner change and was doing great untill a worker was not thinking and after changing one of the children sprayed lysole and it sent me streat to the ER and I was admitted over night poor lady she fells so bad but now I have it narrowed down what was making me so sick it is kinda scarrie
 
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wezziegirl replied to coughy16's response:
Yes I do I have a Pulmonaligist whom I see every 3 month if every thing is going good and I am onVeramyst xyzal, Advair Diskus, Xopenex for inhaler and Neb, Singulair.
 
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wezziegirl replied to MSandyd's response:
usally I have an asthma attack once or twice a year but in the last 2 years it has gotten alot worse I cant count how many times I had been in the ER and Hospital I stoped working for 3 months and my boss changed the cleaner at work to a state aproved safer cleaner called Sol-U-Guard Botanical and my 4th day back to work a staff member decided to spray lysole after changing a chiled and it sent me straight to the ER and I was addmitted for the night
 
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masnpaswhocare replied to wezziegirl's response:
That is awesome. That is one of the many products that we use in our home that has made such a difference. Sometimes people just don't understand how certain chemicals can really affect us. We hope for your continued success with this and if there is anything we can do to help or suggest please feel free to contact us.
 
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wezziegirl replied to masnpaswhocare's response:
thanks do you have any sugestions let me explain I just went to church and had to leave early because some one was wearing
strong perfume I stayed as long as I could but I had to leave before it was over with to take my inhaller I fell I need to be in a bubble or something it is driving me crazzie it has never afected me this bad before.
 
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sgbl88 replied to wezziegirl's response:
I can so relate to you. Fragrances are my worst trigger. Church is well, I have almost quit going. I am going on Wednesday nights to work with the junior high class and to choir practice hoping I can get control of things at some point and start going again.

My biggest problem at church is air freshners. I can avoid the "toxic clouds" (people who wear way to much fragrance), but when the building is closed up all week with numerous air freshners through out the building, not just in the bathrooms I react. I can't even be in the building with no one else there.

My allergist is a specialist in odor triggers. She has one treatment that she says works for 95% of her patients. I fall in the 5%. The next med she tried on me was a total failure after 20 minutes - worked great for the first few minutes and then break through symptoms. Then we just started trying all sorts of things.

She stopped and talked to me for a few minutes as I was paying my bill for my shot the other day. She had just gotten back from a conference and told me that she has some new ideas for me in her notes. Nothing like your specialist telling you that you have exhausted her tricks and now has to try new things as she picks them up in conferences.

Some things you might try:
Albuterol - pretreat with a full dose of albuterol before you go to church
Zyrtec - some people swear that Zyrtec helps their fragrance intolerence.
Patanase or Astepro - this is a nasal antihistamine. I know one person that this works very well for his reactive airway disease and candle exposure
Atrovent - this is an anticholinergic, it stops the drippy nose
NasalCrom - this is an OTC nasal spray. It is a mast cell stabilizer and is helpful for the nasal symptoms.
I also take a few oral meds - an extra dose a Singulair, Tessalon pearl (cough med because I cough terribly around the stuff), and an anti-seizure med that I don't think is doing anything.

My allergist has told two of her PA's that I am "the worst of the worst". So, although I still struggle with going to church, hopefully these ideas will help you.

I can so relate to the Lysol. I was getting an allergy shot and some woman (patient's mom) sprayed Lysol right behind me. I had to spend an extra two hours there getting treatment as a result. I was glad it was me and not someone like you that would have to be hospitalized. When I talked to the doctor, she said that she would have preferred anyone but me.

Another thought you may consider is that you could be in a flare and need to discus tweaking your meds with your doctor. The last year has been rough for me with flare after flare and never really recovering before I start back down. This does affect my reactivity. When I am already down, I react much quicker and much worse than I normally would. I wasn't doing nearly as badly the year before.

I hope that helps you some. I know how it can affect you mentally. It can be a real battle.

Take care and keep me posted.
Sonya
 
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wezziegirl replied to sgbl88's response:
Thank you I will keep all that in mind


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