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Old 10-13-2008, 05:39 PM   #1
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Can heat be a trigger?

Can heat or steam from a shower set off asthma? I've been having a really hard time when I take showers in the morning. Most days I end up having to rush through them because I can't breathe. It makes me sick every time, because having asthma attacks, or even before one's about to start, really drains me.

Could the heat or steam from the shower be setting it off? And if so, is there anything more I can do to prevent these attacks? I know my asthma's not fully under control; I have an appointment on the 24th with my allergist to figure out what we can do for the asthma, but I'm absolutely miserable with these attacks or near-attacks every morning. Advice?

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Old 10-14-2008, 08:46 AM   #2
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Yes steam can cause asthma attacks(my pumologist says so anyways ), try having a cooler shower honestly it's better for your hair and skin anyways!! Save the hot showers for when you really need a soak after a hard work out !! My oxegen stats go down 5% when I have a hot shower but after non-steamy one i'm fine.

Old 10-15-2008, 03:38 AM   #3
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Re: Can heat be a trigger?

DarrenHall, I also notice a huge difference in my asthma with altitude. It doesn't even have to be very much; just the small mountains in VT and NH are difficult. Sometimes we like to drive up a mountain road and about 1/3 to 1/2 way up I'm really struggling and need my inhaler. Can't say I'd rely on ********* and leave my inhaler behind though; hope you never need it and don't have it.

Old 10-19-2008, 04:55 PM   #4
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my asthma always gets worse with high heat and humidity and cold weather in the winter! Usually, steam from the shower helps me because it looses up mucous...but everyone is different.

Old 10-20-2008, 06:11 AM   #5
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Re: Can heat be a trigger?

As silly as it sounds, another thing to look out for is your stove in the kitchen. I have one that vents the hot air from the oven directly over the the cooktop. My wife was baking something and I decided to grill a sandwich. The hot air hit me and triggered a coughing attack. This is a new stove and is designed to vent this way. Definitely not asthma friendly.

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