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Military member with environmentally induced asthma.
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MueMue90 posted:
I am deployed in Kuwait and have been diagnosed with environmentally induced asthma from the sand and dust. I have very mild asthma back home, but I don't use medication for it. I have had two asthma attacks since I've been here and have been put on Advair twice a day. Also, I currently have a profile so I don't have to run. I go on leave for two weeks and we are considering taking my APFT (run) test after I'm back home for a few days. My question is, is it even possible for me to recover in just a few days in a new environment or should I wait it out until I'm home for a few months before attempting this test?
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amcate responded:
Thank you for your service. I don't know what the run test is. If you are asking how long it takes for asthma to change when you change environments, I know for myself that a few days in a new place is not long enough for the asthma to change. It normally takes a few months for my lungs to fully respond. I don't know if this answers your question, and I don't know if it's different for other people.
 
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abbymay16 replied to amcate's response:
I agree, a few days in a new environment is not likely going to make a big difference. The sand/dust is an irritant and once you get respiratory tissue irritated it can take a long stretch to get things to settle down. Rather than a run could they have you do something like a stationary bike....it would still get your heart rate up but wouldn't alter your breathing patterns and risk an attack as much? I know the military used to allow these. Might be worth asking about.

Thanks for your service to our country !!

Mattie



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MueMue90 responded:
It helps, thank you.
 
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MueMue90 replied to abbymay16's response:
They do but I can't take a record test with out running to get my promotion and my reward. Thank you for the input though! I just wanted more insight I guess.


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