Asthma & caffeine

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mariedawn222
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   Posted 1/21/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw a Dr at our local Walk-In Med center and she told me caffeine is no good for Asthma.My only vice is hot tea.I drink at least 4 cups a day---then switch to decaf.She said even decaf is no good.Wants me to drop to 2 cups a day.I have done that.Has anyone heard of this before?

Mariedawn222

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   Posted 1/21/2008 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
My allergist has never told me that, but the subject has never come up in our conversations either.
 
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   Posted 1/22/2008 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting. Parhaps she is mixing up the recommendation that caffeine be avoided for 4 hours prior to pulmonary function testing with the recommendation for treatments...  Check out this article:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11687099
 
My husband has always found coffee helpful for his Asthma.  Since I don't drink tea or coffee, I don't know if caffeine would affect my Asthma one way or another.
 
 
 
 
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Joan M
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   Posted 1/22/2008 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
my allergist encourages me to drink coffee...but not too much. Try hot herbal tea in the afternoon.

mariedawn222
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   Posted 1/22/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for all the replys.I am new to this forum.

I am actually seeing a Pulmonologist tomorrow.I will let you know what he says about the caffeine issue.

I sure am missing my tea.Even herbal tea ---or most--have caffeine. 

Mariedawn


mariedawn222
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   Posted 1/22/2008 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Gramps.I agree that the hot tea & coffee help loosen up the mucus for me also.

I m hoping my Pulmonologist will agree.

Joan M
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   Posted 1/23/2008 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I think the current thing is if it keeps you up, avoid it. Always drink plenty of liquids as they keep your mucus flowing.

mariedawn222
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   Posted 1/23/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gramps--Just got home from my new Pulmonologist.I haven't seen one in about 7-8 years.I was just seeing my PC.
Anyway,my breathing functions were normal.He even stopped my Advair Disc.
He is doing blood work for allergies---and i see him in 2 weeks.
He gave me a nasal spray with mild steroid in it because i have a bad back nasal drip and chronic cough.
As far as the caffeine---he said anything in moderation.

I think the dr i saw at the walk-in med center scared me and there was no need for the medications she gave me.I did not take any of these meds.She gave me mild cortisone tabs to keep for emergency and wanted me to get the machine that dispenses the Albuterol.This Pulmonologist said i didn't need those things.
So---i am very relieved. Thanks for everyone's help on this board--i really appreciated it all.

groovey
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   Posted 1/28/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
gramps...i have also been told by my doc in uk that tea and coffee have no detremental harm to my asthma.if taken in moderation..but did suggest green tea....as an oxidant.luv groovey
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