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Old 12-21-2008, 05:28 PM   #1
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Asthma and the cold weather

Ok so I'm taking symbicort 80/4.5. I have stopped taking it for the past month and some change, but recently it has become very cold, and twice in the past two days when i went into my car to run some errands I thought i was having a panic attack, but i had real difficulty breathing and it kind of feels like a knot to the right side of my heart, it doesn't hurt, but its very difficult to catch my breath, i started taking my inhaler tonight. I have real crappy insurance and want to avoid any emergency room visits as possible, any tips? As a 26 year old i would like to go out and have normal life

 
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Re: Asthma and the cold weather

I have major problems with cold weather asthma too. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to deal with it to prevent an asthma emergency. I haven't found anything that completely works. What I do though is to take my daily preventative meds. I also use my Albuterol about 20 minutes before going out into the cold. I also make a point of wearing a scarf or mask and breathe through my nose as well. I do also carry an epi-pen as well in case of emergency. Those things do help.

If anyone else out there has some other ideas, I would love to hear them too.

 
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Re: Asthma and the cold weather

You were put on Symbicort for a reason - it contains a steroid that helps stop inflammation in your airways. I'm 27 and I am religiously taking my medicine because if I don't, I will end up in the hospital. The cold is one of my worst enemies so I definitely sympathize with you. I wish I could stay out and run errands or walk around in the city like I used to but I have to limit my exposure to the cold air - make sure you wear a scarf around your mouth when you are out. It is supposed to warm the air you breathe. It works for a little while for me, but then I have to get inside otherwise my chest gets REALLY tight. I understand the frustration because I'm experiencing it as we speak. Please remain diligent with your medicine - it will help prevent those attacks. Also, do you own a nebulizer? They are more effective than inhalers when you're experiencing attacks.

 
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