jr09, I have bad asthma and I take symbicort. When I went to the pulmonologist I had all the lung function tests and I was put on symbicort. My breathing cleared up the very first day using the symbicort. I was also given nasonex but it didn't do me any good. I don't have a lot of coughing but I do always have to cough up phlegm in my throat. I think that is from the symbicort keeping my lungs open and allowing the fluids to leave my system. I think you should see your dr. soon as you are on a lot of meds. I think you may have too many meds. I hope your dr. is a pulmonologist. Before I had my tests and had the symbicort I was using albuterol every day, 2 puffs, 4 times a day and my breathing was still bad. The symbicort has been like a miracle for me. I also take zyrtec. You might want to ask the dr. about singulair. It is for allergies and asthma. Some people like it and others think it doesn't help. I am helped enough by the zyrtec. I wish you the best and do post after your appt. so we know how you are doing.
The states where you would find the least allergy problems are Arizona and New Mexico. They don't have the same type of vegetation and trees as we have in other parts of the country. Arizona is probably the best, but that would be a long distance to move to. Don't try the midwest. That is where I am from and the allergens and pollen and mold are terrible. Hope all works out for you.
April 27, 2006 -- People in the U.S. are breathing cleaner air than a year ago, but there's still plenty of room for improvement.
So says the American Lung Association's (ALA) "State of the Air 2006." The annual report focuses on particle pollution (soot) in the air, as well as ozone levels (smog).
Last year's winners and losers for year-round soot pollution didn't change. Cheyenne, Wyo. still has the least year-round soot pollution, while the Los Angeles area has the most year-round soot pollution, according to the ALA.
Sooty air showed a "general decline" since the ALA's 2005 report, largely due to pollution-cutting programs at coal-fired power plants.
But soot and smog remain "persistent threats against large parts of the United States," according to the ALA.
Filthy air isn't healthy for anyone, but it can be particularly hazardous for senior citizens, children, and people with asthmaasthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD)chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart diseaseheart disease, or diabetesdiabetes, notes the ALA.
More than half of the U.S. population lives in counties that have unhealthful levels of smog or soot, the report also states. However, some towns had cleaner air than others.
Who's Got the Cleanest Air Year-Round?
Cheyenne, Wyo., leads the ALA's latest list of the top 25 U.S. towns with the least long-term particle pollution (soot). Here is that list. Metropolitan areas that tied received the same number.
1. Cheyenne, Wyo.2. Santa Fe-Espanola, N.M.3. Honolulu4. Great Falls, Mont.5. Tucson, Ariz.6. Anchorage, Alaska7. Farmington, N.M. 7. Bismark, N.D.9. Albuquerque, N.M.10. Rapid City, S.D.11. Pueblo, Colo.12. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.12. Fargo-Wahpeton, N.D.-Minn.12. Duluth, Minn.-Wis.15. Salinas, Calif.15. Midland-Odessa, Texas17. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.18. Colorado Springs, Colo.18. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.18. Albany-Corvallis-Lebanon, Ore.21. Reno-Sparks, Nev.22. Redding, Calif.22. Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, Fla.24. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, Calif.25. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.
Who's Got the Sootiest Air Year-Round?
The ALA lists the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas most polluted by year-round particle pollution (soot). Again, ties are listed with the same number:
1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, Calif.2. Bakersfield, Calif.3. Pittsburgh-New Castle, Pa.4. Visalia-Porterville, Calif.5. Fresno-Madera, Calif.6. Detroit-Warren-Flint, Mich.7. Hanford-Corcoran, Calif.8. Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, Ohio9. Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, Ala.9. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, Ga.-Ala.11. Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, Ill.-Ind.-Wis.12. Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va.-Ohio13. York-Hanover-Gettysburg, Pa.13. St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, Mo.-Ill.13. Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, Ohio-Ky.-Ind.16. New York-Newark-Bridgeport, N.Y.-N.J.-Conn.-Pa.16. Lancaster, Pa.18. Merced, Calif.18. Canton-Massillon, Ohio20. Charleston, W.Va.21. Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, D.C.-Md.-Va.-W.Va.22. Reading, Pa.22. Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Md.-W.Va.24. Indianapolis-Anderson-Columbus, Ind.25. Louisville-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, Ky.-Ind.
A separate list shows that the top five towns for ozone were all in California (Bakersfield, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, Visalia-Porterville, Fresno-Madera, and Merced).