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Old 05-29-2008, 07:42 PM   #1
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A couple of questions about Asthma (please help)

Hello everyone! I am new to the Asthma threads. I feel like I am developing a touch of it. I was wondering if some of you could answer my questions. One...if I were to get an inhaler, what is the difference between over the counter primitine mist and a prescription albuteral? And is there a drug interaction if I am taking allegra and sudefed? Can I have a puff of the inhaler if i am on those meds. My chest feels tight. Tonight we have 74% humidity in the air. Does that kind of humidity effect breathing and asthma?? Please someone help me out. I am feeling anxious. Thanks!
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Re: A couple of questions about Asthma (please help)

Interesting. If you think you may have asthma, you need to be evaluated by a pulmonologist.

1) You should not use an OTC asthma med unless you have been dx'ed with asthma.

2) There would be no adverse drug interaction with the allegra or sudafed as most asthmatics also have allergies and are on some antihistamine.

3) Yes, you can use your emergency or daily med inhaler if you are on those 2 meds.

4) Honey, I live in Alabama. I'd give my right arm for humidity as low as 74%! We live with 90 and above all the time so there is no way to answer this unless one lives where you do.

 
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Re: A couple of questions about Asthma (please help)

Thank you for responding so very much! I really appreciate it. So my allergist is not able to do the testing? Do I need to see a different doctor for this? Do I need to be having the chest tightness for them to tell? Or can I be feeling ok and they can pick that up and tell? This is all new to me. Thank you so kindly!

 
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Your regular MD can diagnose asthma and run some breathing tests. That is the only doctor I have seen. He prescribed Singulair and Advair, which saved my life!! He may be able to prescribe something so that you won't need the allegra and the sudafed, too. If you have a severe case, the specialists may be needed but you can start with your regular doctor and see if you can get some relief from him. My doctor says the over the counter inhalers are very hard on the heart and blood pressure so did not recommend them, however, I had been using them at times and did find relief. My dad had severe asthma and that was all he had ever used. Good luck finding some relief.

 
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Just MHO but I would not be seeing a PCP for asthma. Depending on what type of doctor your allergist is (not an ENT), he might be qualified. Yes, tell them about the chest tightness and if they are set up for testing for asthma, they will do it. And no, you do not have to be having tightness at that time in order for them to test you.

 
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