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An_254426 posted:
I recently spent 10 days in Italy and while I was there I inhaled an enormous amount of secondhand cigarette smoke. I tired to avoid it as much as possible but they smoke so much over there and do not have the same restrictions that we have in the U.S.

I have had Asthma for years but it is only usually triggered during exercise or with a cold. However, while in Italy I had several asthma symptoms, constant cough and tightening in my chest and mucus build up.

I have been back for 3 days now but I am still having difficulty with my Asthma. I have less mucus now, typcially I am only experiencing that in the morning/evening. However, I feel as if my chest is tighter now than it was when I was in Italy.

Does anyone have experience with recovery from short-term secondhand smoke? Is it normal for this to take several days? I have been taking my albuterol inhaler, which I typically only need when I am sick with a bad cold, twice a day and even when I take it I still have a tight chest.

I would appreciate any thoughts or opinions.
Thank you
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amcate responded:
Every asthmatic is different. For me, it normally takes a few weeks and in similar situations resolves without increasing the controller medicines. The important thing is if the albuterol is still working for at least 4 hours. I don't know if you have a peak flow meter, but if you do and it increased by about 10% 20 minutes after taking albuterol, then it's working.

If you notice it's not working as well as normal, then I would see your doctor to see if they want to increase some medicines temporarily.

Good luck.


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