Need a little info regarding my asthma

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Aurora60
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   Posted 10/14/2008 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
As I have mentioned I had to have my very old precious dog put to sleep.  Since then I have had my house thoroughly cleaned and I am breathing a lot easier.  Although my asthma has not gone away.  I do have another dog at home - also a poodle who is 13.  Is it possible this dog is giving me problems?  Poodles don't shed so I don't know what is causing this.  I am seeing a 2nd lung specialist in 2 weeks so maybe he can tell from all my tests what might be wrong.  I had the carpeting and all my bedding washed (in fact I bought all new hypo allergnic bedding including the best dust mite covers for everything.)  And I have had breathing problems even when I have been away from my home for long periods.  My carpets are all the non-allergy kind, no wool.  And I have opened windows since it has cooled down and let lots of fresh air in to air out the house.  The odd thing is I never had breathing problems like this before.  It all started in July.  I used to wheeze when I got a cold but it always went away.  I can't understand how something can just flair up like this and so bad.I never had problems in my other house where I did have wool carpeting and the dogs slept on my bed.  Why did this happen after so many years?  Well, I hope the next lung expert can give me some clues.  Any thoughts would be very much appreciated.
 
Aurora

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/14/2008 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Aurora,
It's possible that you have just developed a new sensitivity to a new allergen, or that one you are really sensitive to is in high levels right now. If the allergen that is bothering you is outside of your home then it may be coming in the open windows. Also, as far as the dog goes, people are allergic to dog dander, not dog hair. Keeping your poodle trimmed short and doing a weekly rinse off will improve your symptoms if the dog is the problem. Don't shampoo the dog each week because this will dry out his/her skin. Just sitting the doggy in the tub and spraying with nice warm water will rinse the dander away.

Another possibility is that you have been invaded by some pests (bugs or mice) that you are allergic to but because they are in hiding you can't see them. Also, some people dry their sheets on the line and this just collects pollens on the damp sheets. Then they fold them up and put them in the closet until they cover their nice hypoallergenic mattress pad and pillow with them, releasing the pollens into the bedroom all night long.

Wish I could be more helpful, and I hope your new tests give you a clearer picture of what is going on.
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LanieG
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   Posted 10/15/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aurora, your mention of the poodle caught my eye.  According to what I know from a friend of mine, poodles are one of the least likely dogs to cause problems for asthma sufferers because (I think...) they don't shed as much compared to other dogs, or maybe another reason.  Anyway, there are two websites you might look at.  I can't answer your questions about asthma, but maybe these sites can be of help? 
 www.medicinenet.com/asthma/article.htm and www.asthmastory.com.  I hope you and the doctors can figure this out.
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Mia84
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   Posted 10/16/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have always had really bad allergies since I was a kid and didnt develop asthma till about 2 years ago. I was allergic to everything as far as animals, pollen, grasses, mold and the list goes on. When we moved my parents didnt put any carpet in our house and the only dog allowed in the house was my poodle. Wow what a difference just getting rid of the carpet made for me. I still suffer from asthma by my allergies have improved so much!!! My poodle does not bother me at all and I keep him clipped and clean. My doctor even said it was ok to keep him in the house but im not allowed to have any other kind of animals around. We do have a cat but she stays outside and I cant really mess with her or anything. I know not everyone is able to replace all the carpet in their house, but that could be where some of your problems could be coming from, but its good that you had it cleaned. And I think probably having the windows open could cause problems b/c of the pollen and stuff in the air. Its better to use the air conditioner and keep the filters changed. Good Luck :)
~Mia~
 
 
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
 
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Past Medications- Flovent 110 and Prednisone


Aurora60
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   Posted 10/16/2008 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Mia for your input.  I have one poodle and I keep him well groomed.  I don't think he is bothering me.  But I wonder about the carpeting in my bedroom.  I have lived in this house for 4 yrs and I don't know what the carpet is made of but it could be wool.  I am thinking of replacing it although I don't know where I will find the money.  I also have very heavy furniture and I suppose they will charge extra to move it and the room isn't that big.  But I just might have to bite the bullet on this one.  I wrote another post about the fans in my room.  I dont know when the last time was that the ceiling fan was cleaned and I use another small fan on a table.  They both blow directly at me.  I looked at the little fan and it was caked in dust!  And this has been blowing in my face all these months.  Well, it is getting colder here now so don't need fans anymore and didn't have any fans on last night but was still wheezing a good bit today.  I guess it takes time to clear up.  I wish we would have a good hard freeze to kill the pollen and mold.  I am hoping that the new lung specialist I am seeing can figure out what the cause is.  All I want is to be able to breathe freely without the use of inhalers.

Aurora


Mia84
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   Posted 10/16/2008 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
The dust on the fans could be causing a problem to. I make sure to keep my fan cleaned off. I try to get my bf to clean it for me b/c the dust bothers me so bad. Now I clean it off regular to wear the dust does not get bad on it. But good luck with your new doctor. I hope all goes well and keep us posted. Hugs

Maria
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Possible Herniated Disc around T10
 
Current Medications- Advair 250, Albuterol, Flexeril, Naproxen
 
Past Medications- Flovent 110 and Prednisone
 
 


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   Posted 10/17/2008 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I too do regular cleanings of the ceiling fans as the dust cakes up on those too,
dust sure is a evil little thing, ain't it... I'm very allergic to it too...
Hope the regular dusting and getting rid of that bedroom carpet should make you
feel tons better...
Lots of soft hugz....
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Jaeann123
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   Posted 10/18/2008 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aurora,
My daughter was having alot of problems with allergies and asthma. She did many of the things you tried, a thorough cleaning, cleaning of carpets, etc, but it didn't really help much. Since I am a consultant for indoor air quality I had an air purifier put in her home and the results were life changing. She is no longer useing an inhaler, she's sleeping better, and she has more energy. I don't personally have asthma, but I do have fibromyalgia and since I've had a purifier in my home, my fibro symptoms have improved, maybe because my sleeping has improved. It's not just an air purifier, the technology that we have available is like no other on the planet. Not only do we help people who have allergies and/or asthma, COPD or orther breathing problems, we also can get rid of dust mites, pet dander, pet odors, cooking odors and even odors from tobacco smoke. This is not a medical device and we we make no claims to cure anything, we simply treat the air you breathe. If you want more info, let me know. Regardless, I do hope your doc can help you so you will feel better soon.
Take care!
jae
 


Aurora60
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   Posted 10/19/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jae,  I was very interested in your reply about the air purifier.  I would ike to get one as I  think this would help me a lot.  Only thing is I don't know which ones are best and I don't know where to get one.  I would appreciate it if you could let me know what kind is best and where is a good place to buy one.  I will do anything to get this problem cleared up or at least better so I don't have to depend on my inhalers so much.  If you could reply and let me know where to get an air purifier and what tyoe I would greatly appreciate it.  Thank you very much for your help.
 
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