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   Posted 12/13/2006 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my appt yesterday with my asthma doc. He's switching me out from Pulmicort to Advair 250/50. I will stay on Singulair and all my allergy meds and of course albuterol. The albuterol he said he would like to see me use more of, that's what it's there for, (hhhhhmmmmmm) okay.

I did test positive on the mold spores on the allergy test (didn't know this) and that's what most likley sparked the whole episode and I wasn't taking any allergy medication at the time all the trouble started. I don't know about any of you, but I feel like a pharmacy just trying to keep the allergies and asthma under control. Why so bad so sudden at my age? 38!

My husband and I walk 2 miles every evening outside, my doctor was appalled that I even thought about walking outside in the cold air, told my husband to walk alone or use our treadmill (hehe). Doctors always say we can live normals lives if we take our meds, well that's what I'm going for, I'M WALKING OUTSIDE TO GET AWAY FROM MY TEENAGER!

Pegleg, I told him about the breathing exersizes and he thought they were a great idea! Thank you sooooo much, I will use it in the future too.

Talk to you all Thursday

Hugs, Tiercy

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   Posted 12/13/2006 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
lol I'm sorry, I had to chuckle that you have to get away from your teen......boy do I know the feelin'! :) It's good that the doc put you on Advair. Hopefully this is what you need to help with your asthma and get it under control. I know what you mean about being a pharmacy. I take meds to keep my Uc under control as well as my allergies and my Reynauds but I guess if it makes you feel better then why not huh? I don't have the breathing difficulty that you have but I imagine I would try anything just to breath!
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   Posted 12/13/2006 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   

So glad to hear your MD changed you to Advair (be sure to rinse your mouth well or you can get thrush).  Anyone w/asthma can enjoy an active outdoor life if certain precautions are taken.  Just be sure to bundle up your neck area very well and breathe through your nose, not your mouth.  The nasal passages warms the air before it enters the airways where the mouth does not.  Cold air causes the airways to constrict and therefore, setting you up for asthma attack.  Apparently the MD does not have teens tongue yeah ... my youngest is 19, but thank goodness he's a layed back type ... my daughter (now 24 & family of her own) has red hair and temper to match!  Walking relieved my stress and got me away from her and her hormones!

The American Lung Association has some great brochures on cold air.

Good luck, bundle up, and keep walking!


Medical info given is meant for educational purposes & not as medical advise.

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   Posted 12/14/2006 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Kanani:
Hello nice to meet you. I applaud you for going out for walks and certainly agree with pegleg, however I would jus t advise you to wear a scarf around your mouth so that you dont breathe in too much cold air. Enjoy the walks I totally agree I have a teenager too.
Good luck with the walking its great exercise.
I'm also allergic to certain molds too. I take clarinex , astelin and a saline nasal spray for the allergies and Asmanex, Singulair and Xopenex as needed for the asthma.
Best of wishes from me to you

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   Posted 12/14/2006 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
:-) Hello Everyone! Kanani that is great about getting out and walking. I don't have a teen, but I have a prechooler. I know the feeling sometimes to get out and get away from my son. Anyhow, the cold air is hard for myself and my son which the both of us have asthma. I put a scarf on my son, and that helps his cough when he is out in the cold. My son coughs alot in the cold air. Good Evening! I take advair and it works great for me. Best wishes! Brandi.

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   Posted 12/14/2006 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Kanani it was nice to meet you
Try getting a Respro Bandit Scarf from achoo allergy to help with you going outdoors in the cold air, it is expensive but if it helps try it okay or ask your doctor

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   Posted 12/21/2006 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, Good Afternoon, Asthma can strike at any age. Definetly when your going out walking with your husband wear warm scarf so asthma doesn't go wild from the cold air. You, can also take the Albuterol 15 minutes before excercise that helps. Happy Holidays!!!...Brandi..

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   Posted 12/23/2006 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kani, I just went up on my Advir and finally seem to be getting the asthma under control. I hope u are feeling better. I agree, You most likley benifit more from the stress releif of walking, than the cold. Bundle up and hang in there. Rember they will grow up and move out. Then put the Cosby curse on them. May you have one just like u! It is all about the sense of humor.
Love and hugs Kris

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   Posted 1/5/2007 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  dvair Diskus is an awesome medication. I have been on ADvair for couple years And I am on ADvair 500/50 also and it really helps control my asthma. I have been having asthma trouble lately at night mostly. Advair helps the attacks makes them less and less severe. I have noticed a great improvement in my Asthma since I start Advair Diskus. I wouldn't change medications for anything. Best Asthma controller I have ever used. My son, takes Pulmocort in nebulizer everyday. That medication works really well for my son. Seen great improvement with Pulmocort with my son's Asthma. Especially at night he is not having the asthma attacks at night like he used to be before Pulmocort. Best Wishes!! Happy 2007. Brandi.
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