Originally Posted by ladybud
I will just offer up what I can: I have switched from albuterol inhalers to Xopenex, which I love because it doesn't cause the shaky, jittery feeling at all. I am a believer in inhaled steroids along with Singular. The mask to warm the air you breathe is a good idea. Also for very short sprints like going from house to car in cold, just cover your nose and mouth with your hands and breathe thru nose-it warms the air better than mouth. Do everything you can to find out what allergies you have and eliminate what you can from environment. National Jewish Hospital in Denver has wonderful resources on everything related to asthma, many available online or by phone, including talking to an asthma specialist nurse, all free of charge. Have you considered moving to a warmer, dry climate? If the problem is severe, may be a valid consideration.
I was on Advair 500/50. I was switched to Dulera 200 about 6 weeks ago. I'm also on Singulair and get monthly Xolair shots.
I get teased all the time because of how frequently I wear the masks. I have one that has a charcoal filter that I wear during inversions and heavy pollution days. The other one I have has a double thickness of heavy fleece with a lining in between. It does warm the air quite a bit.
I'm 5 1/2 years into my immunotherapy. I've been about a year off of my allergy meds and don't seem to have the obvious symptoms that I had before with regards to the serious congestion, PND and sinus problems. At one point, I was on 5 allergy meds daily. I have considered moving. My problem is that everywhere I go, I end up with new allergies. The immunotherapy really is targeted to the items in the area where you live. If I move, I'll have to start things all over. I do have some regular visits to Las Vegas so that does get me a bit warmer. Not this week though... it's cold there too.
I actually talked to National Jewish a few years ago when I was in extremely bad condition. My current team of specialists area actually teaching me with a similar approach and testing already. I'm working with an ENT/allergies, Gastroenterologist, Pulmonologist and Primary Care doctor regularly already. They are a very good resource though. If I get to the extreme level again, I may seriously look into it. There was just no way I could afford it before.
Thanks for your support. It really is nice to talk to people on the boards who understand when many around us don't.