Asthma - Bad days?

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   Posted 12/4/2011 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   

I was wondering, does asthma have "bad days"?

I am a relatively new sufferer, found out about a year ago.

Now i have experienced 3 days or so of more coughing and itchyness in lungs.
Just wondering if asthma gets "bad days" and long do they last?

I increased my cortisone medication. I assume it'll help.

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   Posted 12/6/2011 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
What do you mean, Itchyness in the lungs? Sure you don't have a cold.

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   Posted 12/17/2011 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Watch out. Take cortisone as little as you can. I have very bad asthma. And even though it does work it has some of the worse side effects. Even a dose of 10 or 5 mgs a day can give you some serious side effects if taken over a length of time. And you can not just go off and on it. It has to be taken in a steady dosage and weaned off in the same manner. And yes there are good and bad days. A lot has to do with the weather and who is around you and what your triggers are. And if you are having a attack go to the er. Do not sit around hoping the medicine will start working if it is not in a very timely manner. .

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   Posted 12/23/2011 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree with marblean...Asthma is  always effected by something that is going on inside of your body or outside. The weather will effect alot of asthmatics, My worst day's are when the weather first changes from hot to cold. Even stress will effect your breathing.
And as Marblean said and I think this is the most important thing to remember, Don't let your doctor abuse the use of prednisone. Almost all doctors will order a medrol pack (you start with 7 pill's a day and go down until done) I came down with my present illness because I listened to a very reputable pulmonary doctor and was put on 80mg's of prednisone for 2 days then 70mg's then 60mg's and so on until I was on 10mg's daily,Well after doing this for about 8 month's on and off I came down with Avascular necrosis in 6 joints that will require me to replace all 6 joints and has me completely disabled. AVN is a life changing disease caused by the use of steroids (prednisone)
You are going to have to see what meds work the best for you.I've been an asthmatic for 25 yr's and I found out I was asthmatic when I was 19yr's old and for the last 15yr's have use a inhaled steroid daily and a ventolin MDI for immediate relief..
If the cortisone you increased was an inhaled steroid your OK that has minimal systemic effect..That cortisone mainly stays in the lungs..

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   Posted 12/26/2011 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
i completely agree, i would stay away from the drugs if you can help it. your symptoms are likely being caused by environmental triggers. this means you body should be able to cope, if you give it the environment it needs. you'll have to research more on your own, but removing common allergens and lung irritants, and making sure any air purifier you may be using doesn't emit ozone may help. using a humidifier/dehumidifer could also be something to look into. if they are short bouts, medication may be helpful, but i wouldn't look at it as a long term therapy

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   Posted 1/1/2012 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 1/5/2012 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Marb is right. I wouldn't do any home every day products like Allergichem suggests, without the approval from the doctor. However, you need to go to your pulmonologist.

In answer to your question. Yes, asthma can have bad days, especially if one is ill (and sometimes they don't realize they are ill). When I am ill with a virus, I have "bad days" with my asthma and require using my rescue inhaler every 4 hours along with flovent and a nebulizing treatment 2 to 4 times a day.
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