When should mild asthma be treated?

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elcamino
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   Posted 10/1/2007 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
 
I believe I have mild asthma (allergic--to what?  don't know).  I have a chronic morning cough, often accompanied by other allergy symptoms (sore throat, stuffy nose, sinus aches, teary eyes, etc...).   Symptoms are most prominent in humid weather (I assume I'm allergic to one of the molds).  It is not uncommon for me to lose my voice entirely in hot humidity--sometimes have trouble breathing in hot shower or bath.  Cold air also triggers horrible coughing jags.  Only once, can I recall ever having a "classic" asthma attack triggered by an allergen, and it resolved on its own after isolating myself from the trigger (I was standing in front of an open window).  My mother had severe asthma, and my sister has mild asthma.  I've never been dx with it, although a pulmonologist asked me about it last year because some scores from my lung function test came back as hyperinflated, which he said could be indicative of asthma. 
 
Right now, when I feel congestion, and have a lot of coughing, etc... I live on cough drops.  Regular allergy medicine does nothing for chest symptoms.  I'm really tired to eating cough drops, though (I've been doing it off and on for years), and I'm starting to think that all that menthol is probably  not really good for me anyway.  Yet, I'm not sure I actually have asthma and need to have asthma medication?  At what point do you go to a doctor for this stuff, short of having a 'classic' asthma attack.
 
Thanks for any advice,
El
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
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   Posted 10/1/2007 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi El, I think that if you are ever in question (which you already are) about whether or not you have asthma; it is a good time to call the doc and set up an appt. You shouldn't wait until you have a classic asthma attack because it can be harmful and/or dangerous. So it's best to be checked out and if it is asthma, you can start on medications.
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   Posted 10/1/2007 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Sherry, El you need to haul yourself off to the doctor. A lot of those cough drops contain Methol and that is not always good. Some cough drops have expacterants and that makes you cough to get the stuff up and out. So it could be a cough gotten worse by too much cough drops, in any case go to the doctor and keep us posted I'm concerned....Soft hugs to you and hope your feeling better soon..............
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Another Day
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   Posted 10/1/2007 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
El,
 
I agree that you should go ahead and see an allergist or pulmonologist.  It sounds to me like you certainly have asthma symptoms.  The loss of your voice, that happens to me when my chest gets tight and I don't have enough air moving in my lungs.  That can happen to me in the heat and humidity or in the extreme cold or other asthma triggers can cause that for me.  I think you should go ahead and find out if you do have asthma and not wait for an attack.  This way you can be prepared.
 
Good luck!
 
Carla

 Epilepsy, asthma, GERD, depression, hypothyroidism


elcamino
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   Posted 10/2/2007 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks everyone for your replies.  I think I may go see my primary; don't know if he will refer me to an allergist or not. 

 

El


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


Another Day
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   Posted 10/2/2007 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great news!
 
Carla
 Epilepsy, asthma, GERD, depression, hypothyroidism

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