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Old 11-30-2004, 12:40 PM   #1
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What are your asthma triggers?

Are there certain smells that trigger your asthma?

Even though I take Advair and it has helped me tremendously with symptoms, I still seem to have problems when I smell certain perfumes (mainly body sprays), certain candles and cleaning products such as bleach and pinesol. We spent 2 days at my in-laws for Thanksgiving and I had such a hard time breathing while there. My MIL cleans with bleach and pinesol and the smell was very strong. Add to that the candles burning (they sure did smell good though). The first day wasn't too bad but by the time the second day rolled around, I was miserable. I spent a lot of time outdoors to get some fresh air. I think that if I wasn't taking Advair I would have had a full-blown asthma attack while there.

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Old 11-30-2004, 07:10 PM   #2
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Re: What are your asthma triggers?

What you are describing as far as bleach, etc., is actually chemical sensitivity that can trigger asthma. In terms of the perfumes and candles, a lot of scents are made from Iris, which some people are highly allergic to. I didn't know this until I spent some time with a Crabtree & Evelyn rep - I can use their products safely, as they are not made from Iris.

One of my worst asthma attacks came following my aunt's funeral. The sorority she was in has the Iris as their flower. There were approximately 8 flower arrangements with Iris in them. I nearly went to the hospital.

Old 12-01-2004, 09:58 AM   #3
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I've never really had an attack before with my asthma, but certain things do seem to aggrivate it. If I go to Hobby Lobby to the dried flower aisle, I get a little tight.. it feels so good to go out into the fresh air and take big gulps of air! I try to avoid that aisle or even going close to it. Certain candles bother me a little and one time when I was in The Gap, I tried some sample scent that made me a little winded. If I really have to use bleach on something, I wear a mask and air out the house really well.

Old 12-01-2004, 04:16 PM   #4
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Re: What are your asthma triggers?

Some of my triggering smells:

Pine Tree - real tree or fake scent.

Most detergents - I still have to mostly hold my breath when in the detergent aisle at a store. When I worked in a grocery store, I had to make sure I had an emergency inhaler along in case I had to stock in the detergent aisle. I can only use Tide Free for my laundry. It has no scent that I can discern, and I don't break out in a rash from it, either.

Some candles but not others.

The smell of smoke - any kind.

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Re: What are your asthma triggers?

Bleach definatly, high pollution days (smog), excessive cold /wind ,air conditioning ,cuddling my dog or rabbit......oh a really bad one is changing the rabbit's cage....(my daughter is supposedto but she never has the time )it just sucks the air right out of my lungs and I find it hard to get it back under control.Smoke is a big one too ,when we visit my in-laws(that both smoke) I start to wheeze after 10 miniutes in the house (you'd think they'd clue in )I even stay out of the kitchen (where the smoke ) but it doesn't help much (they have a very large house too ).. ya Xmas is going to be a ball as usual (shudder shudder ).If my daughter didn't adore them we'd stay home (so says my darling husband ).And every time I travel by air I get broncitus /pnemonia........every time !

Old 12-02-2004, 06:46 AM   #6
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Oh yes, I forgot about smoke! Second hand smoke doesn't bother me too bad but fireplace smoke or if someone is burning leaves outside is really bad for me. I WAS smoking around 4-5 cig per day until 2 weeks ago when I quit (I know, how dumb).

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Re: What are your asthma triggers?

how does one smoke with asthma?

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Re: What are your asthma triggers?

Originally Posted by singer1
how does one smoke with asthma?
Very carefully.

My triggers are:
cigarette smoke (a bad one)
excessive pollen
smoke in the air from forest fires, etc
some perfumes
some air fresheners
allergy to cats (and i have three ), but this one isn't too bad
some foods, if they have a lot of preservatives
MSG (also a bad one)
excessive exhaust from vehicles (like my car)

I've probably missed a few.

Yeah, I did. One, anyway. Some medications trigger my asthma also.

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Old 01-02-2005, 01:46 PM   #9
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Re: What are your asthma triggers?

I was born with asthma, but when I was growing up, everyone thought I was just a lazy child , I had excerise induced asthma, but as I got older, things such as extreme heat or cold was my biggest triggers, or dust, if there is alot of airborne dust particals, look out. I thank god that perfumes and cleaning agents don't bother me, I don't however do very good with bleach, but I think because its just so strong, someone without asthma has problems with bleach. If I get a the slightest bit of a head cold, then it seems to go directly to my chest and an asthma attack is right around the corner. I use Albuteral inhaler when needed, and Albuteral solution in my nebulizer when it gets really bad, I have for years been on flovent, but it does nothing for me, I have tried Advair, but it only makes my mouth really raw and I loose my voice from it, I didn't have a voice for the 2 months I was on it, so I threw it away, and my voice is fine now, they really need to have more things out there for us, there are actually very few things that are on the market for asthma suffors. Just luck and keeping a good eye on triggers is my best advice to anyone who suffers from this aliment from hell!

Old 01-02-2005, 01:55 PM   #10
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Re: What are your asthma triggers?

Perfume gets me sometimes, as well as those scented candles...ack. If People have the heat turned way up, too, I started to feel bad...anyone else notice that, or is that just me? :P Dusty places, spending a long time with a dog or something, will get to me too. Secondhand Smoke...but I don't know about wood smoke/burning stuff.

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Re: What are your asthma triggers?

Originally Posted by Midget
If People have the heat turned way up, too, I started to feel bad...
That's probably all the dust in the vents being blown out into the house.

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