I, too suffer from the type of asthma you all are talking about, it seemed to start with perfumes, they progressively over the years developed into an intolerance to ANY fragrance, smoke, animals, cold, humidity, etc. I also had to ask co-workers to not wear perfumes and relatives. My relatives finally stopped wearing perfume, but the shampoos, creams, etc. they use are all perfumed, so it hasn't helped much, and they all burn candles, use plug-in fresheners, etc. I'm also senstive to sulfites in wine(turns my face beet red and my ears burn). I've tried all the nasal sprays, all the antihistamines, albuterol, etc. The ONLY thing that helps me is decongestant, namely Sudafed...course now it's hard to get. I have to show my license at the local pharmacy, and can only buy a little at a time. I've taken to ordering it from Canada in the form of Drixoral, or Zyrtec D. I need the antihistamine as well. The new decongestant over the counter called Phenlephrine works some, but not as good. Of course every doc I see says I shouldn't be on decongestant long term, but I've tried so many times to not take it, even went 9 months without it when I was pregnant just using nasal sprays, I was so miserable, and suffered from awful PND that makes me so sick to my stomach...so I've decided to not suffer anymore, and take the decongestant. I take 12 hour drixoral every day, and 12 hour zyrtec D during pollen season in the morning. Sometimes at night I take a four hour over the conter decongestant(phenylephrine) to get through the evening. Decongestants before bed keep me up at night, though. My Mother has suffered from the same ailments as me and takes zyrtec D 12 hour daily, and supplements with a nasal steroid spray at night. I'm sorry to see so many others suffering from the same ailments as me, it's so frustrating when other people don't understand. Unfortunately, I now have a 5yr old suffering cough variant asthma, so my family has seen him miserable, and now they belive me.
He takes zyrtec(antihistamine) syrup nightly and flovent 110 one puff a day. He is too young for the decongestants they tell me, so I try to limit his exposure to triggers whenever I can.