asthma attack from impeding storm???

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kanani
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   Posted 11/17/2006 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Just curious if anyone else has had asthma attacks brought on by strong weather systems moving through your area or am I just a freak? Also what about a kerosene heater, can they cause athma symptoms?

I am on 400mcg of pulmicort, 10mg singulair and my albuterol a lot recently. I can't seem to figure out what up.

kanani
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   Posted 11/18/2006 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Im still new to all this asthma stuff, so if anyone can give me any advice I'll take. I don't want to call my doc everytime I have a question, at 38 years old I'll feel a little silly!

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   Posted 11/18/2006 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kanani, welcome to Healingwell. I do believe that a kerosene heater can trigger an asthma attack because it emits fumes that can irritate the lungs. I'm no so sure about a weather system. I know that barometer changes can effect different people in different ways so who knows? Maybe it does affect your asthma.

I don't have asthma, my son does and his is acting up pretty bad to lately. Where do you live? My son is on Asmanex, Singulair, Allegra, and Allbuterol and it still seems he's always coughing. Oh and never feel silly about calling a doc up, asthma is serious business just like any other illness.
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   Posted 11/18/2006 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi K,  alot of asthmatics can have problems with a storm system, especially thunderstorms. It has do with all the positive ions and change in pressure.  positive ions are in the air when there is a storm coming, rain and during a high pollen day. you can get an ionizer that puts negative ions into the air-but have heard that these can be bad inclose proximity because they put too much ozone out.  i use a salt lamp(search on web) that constantly emits negative ions w/o side effects. goood luck -s

pegleg
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   Posted 11/20/2006 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Kanani: Barometric pressure changes definitely can affect asthmatics. When a storm moves into an area (such as a hurricane, etc), the storm carries w/them spores from plants/mold/etc into areas which are not home to these triggers. Since it's a possible new trigger, an asthmatic can have a reaction. A good ex is a hurricane as they can originate half-way around the world and deposit various spores in all the areas it comes into contact ... like a tumbleweed. Do you have a HEPA filter on your a/c & heating system? This will clear your home air of approx 99% of these triggers.

Intended only for info and not med advise.

kanani
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   Posted 11/21/2006 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for replying. I feel like it must have been the storm. There were several tornados in the eastern part of our state that day. I have had other days like that, I just never put two and two together until someone said something.

Asthma can be so crazy, I can be doing really well for months and then all of a sudden I'll have attacks randomly for weeks at a time. I call it my "elephant syndrome"...I get so tight and air squeezed out of me the just has to be an elephant sitting on my chest and I'm desperately fighting for air.

Thanks!
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