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   Posted 1/9/2007 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, Hi Sherry. Needed a bit of advice thought i'd pop over and see if anybody here can help me. I've had Astma for a while but never had it bad enough for it to bother me.
  But in this past few months its started to bother me more.I've had a lot of chest infections too since my Asthma started playing up. I am on Seratide steroid inhaler(bronchodilators) 2puffs  x twice daily and i've a Salamol one i use whenever i need it.
   Since the really cold weather started i keep getting at least 2/3 periods a day where i have to really concentrate on my breathing cos it feels my lungs aren't working hard enough.
   I also keep getting little strange feelings in my chest as if my lungs stopped for a few seconds then start again, like a heart palpatation but in my chest.Is this the breathlessness that goes with Asthma.
   Is this just the norm for Asthma, i don't know because its never affected me till recently.Do you think i should ask for another treatment maybe?
          Any advice would be appreciated.
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   Posted 1/9/2007 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey! It's my favorite Irishman! :) I can't offer many suggestions when it comes to asthma, I'm more of the allergies gal here. But there are a great group of asthma sufferers here that will come to your rescue no doubt. So is it true? When the weather turns cold, do the leprechauns wear parkas? ;)
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   Posted 1/9/2007 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Marty: I'm a respiratory therapist & will try to answer some of your questions. This is just medical educational info only & not meant as medical advice.

Question 1: Why do you get so many chest infections since your asthma started activing up.

It isn't the asthma that is causing your chest infections. It's actually the other way around. Anytime you have a chest infection, sinus infection, fever, etc., you are susceptible to an asthma flareup. A true asthmatic's airways always stay slightly inflammed ... something like running a very low-grade fever. When an infection occurs, the inflammation increases & the body produces more mucous to "put out the fire". If you start feeling like you're getting sick, start taking routine breathing txs to hold off an oncoming exacerbation. (Be sure to ck w/MD) Just like someone w/exercise induced asthma ... they take a tx 15 min prior to exercising/playing sports/etc. Also it's good to do this if you know you are going to be exposed to one of your triggers. Like putting on a raincoat when you see heavy clouds. Make sure you get your flu & pneumonia shots. Sinus infections can set off attacks, also; ask your MD about starting a prophylactic tx.

Question 2: Cold weather causes the airways to constrict, especially if you breathe through your mouth. Make certain you keep your neck covered and breathe through your nose. One of the functions of your nose is to warm the air prior to entering the airways & lungs. I think the full-faced ski mask is great ... providing someone isn't going to think you're going to rob a bank! (little sense of humor here) If you just cannot help but breathe through your mouth, just wear a scarf over your mouth & nose.

Question 3: Shortness of Breath: This is due to air trapping. Asthmatics get the air in, but due to constricted airways, have a hard time getting the "old" air out. The "old" air contains carbon dioxide & the "new" air contains oxygen enriched air. You can correct this by using the pursed lip breathing technique anytime you feel short of breath. (See below)

Step 1: Relax your neck & shoulder muscles. Inhale slowly through your nose for 2 counts.
Step 2: Pucker your lips as if you were going to blow out a candle. Exhale slowly & gently through your lips for 4 or more counts.

Hope this info helps. Good luck!

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   Posted 1/9/2007 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello fatboyslim:)
My asthma didn't really start bothering me besides using an inhaler occasionally until two years ago. Seems it just keeps getting worse. Now I am on so many meds my cupboard looks like a pharmacy. It has landed me in the hospital three times for a week each time. I get an attack every time I have a sinus infection and it seems my sinuses are always infected. I am from the midwest and our weather in warmer than usual and it seems viruses are everywhere. Right there is a virus that is like a cold but lasts three to four weeks. It is really triggering my asthma. If you fell you need help, go to the doctor and discuss how you are feeling. I waited too long and had to go with the paramedics to the hospital and almost died. Asthma is nothing to fool around with I have learned! Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

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   Posted 1/10/2007 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replies and your advice, you guys are great. I will put them breathing techniques into practice.
Thank You
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   Posted 1/11/2007 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I know what that is like cupboards looking like a pharmacy. I have terrible time with cold weather. Cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness. Along with my son. Infections are no help with breathing. I get alot of sinus infections, and they really set off my asthma especially from the post nasal drip.
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