So glad I found this board
I'm new to this asthma thing and really don't know what to expect. A little history - OK I know I have allergies, but my allergy testing was done in my teens, now I'm 41. I have always been allergic to cats, sniffling & sneezing kind of allergies, which I found tolerable. In mid summer I got a kitty and the sniffling & sneezing started - I loved having a cat so much that I wanted another one - brought the 2nd one home and the asthma symptoms started. After 6 weeks of mild symptoms, tight chest and shortness of breath, I broke down and went to the doctor. He at first said diagnosis was asthma, gave me a Medrol pack and albuterol inhaler, wow after a couple of days I felt like a new person. I returned to the doctor after finishing the Medrol pack and he said I had asthmatic bronchitis. About a month later I got a cold and it went to my chest, returned to the doctor got another Medrol pack, he said asthmatic bronchitis again, but he didn't have me come back when I finished it this time. So now I don't feel as bad as the 2 times I went to the doctor, but I do have mild symptoms (tight chest and short breath) just about every day. I use the albuterol when I get up in the morning and before I go to bed, with using it 2x a day I feel fine. I'm wondering though if I should be using it this much or if I should be using something else? My symptoms are mild but I think I stress out over it which makes it worse.
I know I'm crazy for keeping the cats. You don't know what they have done for me though, before I got them I really think I was depressed, I am so much happier now. But in the back of my mind every day I think they are killing me.
I filled my house with Ionic Breeze machines when all this started, and in a prior post I read that this isn't good???