Hi, The choice between cool mist or steam humidifiers is pretty much preference. Cool mist humidifiers are safer, steam can burn. Steam also can allow mold to grow more in the room they are used in. Another thing to consider is what triggers the patients asthma, assuming they have it? A steam humidifier will make the rom warmer. That is great for some people, but not so great for others. So, why use steam? I personally think the steam ones work better.
Hi, I am not familiar with the pollens of the Pacific Northwest so I cannot answer that question. There are websites that list predominant pollens by season for an area. You may want to google it.
Exposure to new pollens frequently reveals different allergies. Retesting is up to you, but is definitely worth consideration. How bad are your symptoms? Since you posted on the asthma community, I assume you have asthma. Are your new allergies causing you to lose control of your asthma? You have to evaluate the severity of your symptoms, consider the expense of allergy testing and treatment and determine if the pros out weigh the cons.
I am in the southwest and it is the same as usual - awful. We are having the quadruple whammy of trees, weeds, grass and mold. Thankfully mold is not an issue for me. Where I live we have pollen blow in from the south, the north and the west. A pollen may be out of season here, but it blows in from somewhere else. Sometimes it definitely feels like a tsunami when a dreaded pollen blows in from another area.View Thread
It sounds like you had been nursing an infection and asthma flare for quite a while. It is not uncommon for people to clear an infection and flare and not need rescue meds for a while.
You should know that if you use your rescue inhaler more than once or twice a week your asthma is out of control and you should discus it with your doctor. Frequent use of your inhaler is a symptom of asthma flare.
I am very glad you are feeling better now. SonyaView Thread
Tell your doctor about this! I hope you have a form of epinephrine with you at all times. Do you experience any other symptoms? Nausea? Dizziness? Reddening of your skin? Hives? Itching? Do you experience any of these symptoms during your observation period after the injection? If so, you definitely need to tell your doctor's staff before your next injection.
I have reactions to my shots frequently. Being short of breath several hours after your injection can be a problem. You definitely want to be prepared if you have a bigger reaction. Take care. SonyaView Thread
Hi, Hmmm... you have quite the predicament. I don't know how Obamacare will affect you. Doctor's used to give cash patients a discount. Also, some pharmacies have $4 or $5 prescriptions. You should check their listings to see what asthma meds are on them. Also, you should talk to your pharmacist about OCT options. I believe there may be a few choices. There are some, but I doubt they are as affective as a form of albuterol.
Hi, Asthma triggers are individual. If you try a humidifier use a ultrasonic one. Be sure to keep it clean as they can grow mold.
I don't know where you live, but for me cold, night air is a major night trigger. You may try keeping his room a little warmer. Personally I cannot go under 60* at night and do better if it stays at 70*.
Lastly, you may want to get a small room air filter, especially if you have pets.
Yes, you should discuss this with your doctor. However, look at the ingredient in over the counter sleep aids. Unisom and most others all contain Benadryl and only Benadryl.
The bigger issue is that your asthma is not very well controlled. Did you know that symptoms of uncontrolled asthma include restlessness and trouble sleeping? You really need to work on getting your asthma well controlled.
WebMD communities are a great place to come for support in our daily struggles to live life with asthma. I have not been a regular for a few years, but the support from this site has kept me going at times. While WebMD Communities are meant to support emotionally and be informative, maybe we can extend that support to support each other in a different way.
I know many of you are like me... you take a lot of medication and they are expensive!!
Many of us get assistance from different charities and foundations. These charities also need support, but how can we afford to donate back to them as much as we would like to? I know I cannot even began to give back even a small portion of what they give me.. Without their assistance, I literally could not afford to breathe.
I receive a grant from a foundation to help with the outrageous co-pays on one of my medications. If I only take one dose of this medication for two days my asthma starts flaring. My grant is up for renewal, but the amount has been significantly reduced. What is sadder to me is that the foundation is not funding more asthma patients because they do not have the funds.
I have recently learned that my shopping habits can help give back to my foundation. I would like to request all of you who shop Amazon.com to switch to www.smile.amazon.com When shopping this site, a portion of your qualifying purchase is donated to the charity of your choice. Charities and foundations that I know support asthma patients who receive funds from smile.amazon include: HealthWell Foundation NeedyMeds Patient Access Foundation
The nice thing about Amazon Smile is that it makes donating painless. You would be spending the same amount of money (if not less), only now you have the added benefit of supporting each other with medication costs as well. I am not asking you to do anything you don't already do, but that you do it in a slightly different way.
Thanks for you time reading this. I do apologize if this offends anyone. My desire is that we get more assistance for people struggling to breathe and make ends meet. I appreciate your consideration of my request and any assistance you can give to these worthy charities.