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   Posted 5/8/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been diagnosed with asthma through breathing spirometer testing.  I have fatigue, tight chest symptoms, some wheezing, and dry coughing, but no trouble breathing.  I stopped taking advair because it was making me hoarse, and I sing in a choral group!  So I take Singulair 10 mg. at night, and use my albuterol inhaler at least once a day.  (My family practice P.A. prescribed them.)  It helps with the coughing, but I still have fatigue and discomfort in my chest.  I am planning to go to the allergist and perhaps I will get additional meds to control the symptoms better. I enjoy exercise, and do what I can.
   By the way, has anyone experienced this type of asthma symptoms (just cough, no breathing problems), and can I expect to develop the breathing troubles in the future?  I am 62.   Could the meds keep me from getting worse?

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   Posted 5/8/2009 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Correct me if I am wrong please....but fatigue, tight chest symptoms are a result of having breathing problems. Did you try rinsing your mouth after you took the advair? You ought to be taking a preventive or maintainance med for the asthma.

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   Posted 5/8/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Happymom,
I agree. If you're using albuterol at least once a day, your asthma isn't under control. The Advair has a long acting bronchodialator (like albuterol, but a different medication that keeps the lungs open longer) as well as a steroid component that works on the underlying inflammation--the real cause of the asthma. If you just treat the symptoms with albuterol, you're only masking the real problem, and the inflammation could get worse--causing you more problems.
Always be sure to rinse your mouth, gargle, then spit out the water, after you use the Advair. You should also take at least a swallow of water. Are you sure the Advir is causing the hoarseness and not spring allergies? Just a thought.
I hope your asthma improves!

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   Posted 5/9/2009 2:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Like they both said, you should be taking your advair. And like the other person said, you need to rinse your mouth out really well after doing the advair. You can actually get yeast infections in your mouth if you dont rinse your mouth well. And I'm suprised your only talking 10mg of Cingulair, usually the dosage is 20mg. However, we are not doctors, and it sounds like you need to see a pulmonologist. Also, sucking on cough drops will help the cough. As a temporary fix that is.
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   Posted 5/9/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried Advair & it make me cough worse.I now use Spiriva & it works great for me........

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   Posted 5/10/2009 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Happymom, I have bad asthma and I take symbicort for my long term inhaler.  You definitely need to rinse your mouth out very well.  Albuterol is not meant for every day use. It is a rescue inhaler for when you have an asthma attack.  You need to see a pulmonologist and have all the lung function tests.  And the pulmonologist will determine the best meds for you.  I am a year older than you and my asthma has gotten worse as I have gotten older. Don't just count on using the allergist and your PCP.  You definitely need a pulmonologist to make a correct diagnosis and to put you on the right meds.  If you don't understand how to use something ask the dr how and for any special instructions.  I wish you he best and do post again to let us know how you are doing. Take care.


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   Posted 5/10/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your replies.  I did gargle after the Advair, and drink water, too.  It still made me hoarse.  I've been off Advair a week or so and I am no longer hoarse.
I really don't have trouble breathing, but do have chest discomfort.  I thought that was what the tightness was.
I looked into the halotherapy and have ordered a saltpipe. 
Recently I heard ginger was good for asthma, and have been drinking tea with 1/4 tsp. ginger in it 3 times a day.  I think it has helped.
I will go to a pulmonologist or allergist soon.
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