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Teri16
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   Posted 8/30/2005 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
"Adult asthma: An interview with a Mayo Clinic specialist"
From MayoClinic.com
Special to CNN.com

"Asthma isn't just a childhood disease. You may have had this lung disease — which causes symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, increased mucus production and difficulty breathing — since you were a child, or you may have developed it as an adult."

My asthma was diagnosed in my 30's.  Though I can recall many times as a youngster having severe spells of coughing, that I know now were asthma attacks. 

This is one of the best articles that I've read concerning adult asthma and all the rest that can go with it!  So I hope you take the time to read this article and that it helps.

Hugs, Teri tongue


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Teri16
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   Posted 8/30/2005 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   

tongue  How old were you when your asthma was diagnosed?! tongue


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   Posted 9/1/2005 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
40 years old... I had a case of pneumonia that went on and on... and when I returned to my doctor for my second follow up visit he diagnosed the asthma. I've been on emergency inhalers for the last 13 years. The amazing thing to me was the way he diagnosed it. He told me my childhood... Said, "You were a bookworm, right? Did n't like to play baseball and had trouble keeping up with the other kids running? Had trouble with swim class... One or both of your parents smoked..." It was weird the way he knew all of it...

The thing I hate most about it is how it interrupts my "married" time with my husband... "Hold that thought, honey! I just gotta grab my inhaler...!"
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LilacGal
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   Posted 9/1/2005 4:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Great article Teri!
 
I was diagnosed with asthma at 26...about six months ago.  (I'm 27 now.)  The diagnosis was a surprise to my and my pcp!!  I had been send to a pulmonologist for possible sleep apnea.  At my first appt with him, he told me he thought I might have asthma too and sent me for a lung function test that day at the hospital.  Based on that test and the symptoms I was having, he told me I had moderate to severe asthma!!!  Talk about a surprise!
 
I'm on advair, singular, and zyrtec right now daily with albuterol and prednisone as needed.  I'm still trying to figure out my asthma triggers.  I keep finding them...heat and humidity, cold, dust, pollen...and much to my annoyance the incense they use at church.  There are a few others as well. 
 
 
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Teri16
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   Posted 9/1/2005 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeannie and Lil! tongue
 
Thanks for your input on this - I wonder how many others are out there that don't even realize that their chronic coughs, or "colds" are asthma?!
 
Hugs, Teri tongue
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   Posted 9/16/2005 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Teri-
 
Funny you should say such a thing.......I am lurking over here because I have been coughing my behind off for several days now (as the weater is changing) and I work with a woman who has asthma.  She is convinced that I have it too and I just don't know it!  I have Ulcerative Colitis, and I just read some info posted here about people with IBD being 1.5 times more likely to get asthma.  Funny now that I think about it, but I think she could be right.  I know I get these horrible coughing fits every year.  It's like I have a really bad cold all winter long.  I have ecxema, which I hear goes hand in hand with asthma, I do get shortness of breath at times as well.  I have always blamed it on being too fat though.  : )  Who knows?  I guess I shall make a call to my doc on Monday.....now back to my lurking  : )
 
Katina

Teri16
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   Posted 9/17/2005 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Katina  tongue Welcome to the allergy and asthma forum!!
 
I'm sorry to hear about these coughing episodes regardless of what causes them!  sad I think that would be a great idea re calling your Dr. and having this checked out...And you are also correct re the eczema -  that can be caused by allergens, or from irritants, some think it may even be hereditary?  Let me know what your Dr. says!
 
Please keep lurking! lol  And post whenever you'd like!
 
Hugs and best wishes, Teri tongue
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