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GregBear4you 03-06-2012 08:59 PM

Asthma Reaction due to Cold Air/Vents/Fans
Hello All,

I have asthma and have issues with coughing when I breathe in cold air, such as during the Fall and Winter time are the worst for me.
After the coughing, the next day my lungs are inflamed and sensitive, I am cut short of breath, and am totally debilitated, very fatigued and tired. In other words, I'm unable to do simple things around the house, much less go to work on days like this. If I sit under a fan or cold vent at work or in public I always wind up sick later.

It has gotten so bad, I am afraid to leave the house most days, because the temperature changes trigger my asthma. I had an episode the other day where my lower lungs were tight and I felt like I was suffocating and got dizzy/liteheaded all of a sudden.

I have been to a lung doctor and he says I only have mild asthma.
Can mild asthma cause inflammation in my lungs for days? and cause me to be "wiped out" for a few days after breathing in cold air?

Has anyone had experiences like this before? If so, please provide me your thoughts and direction.

Thank you.

janewhite1 03-06-2012 10:21 PM

Re: Asthma Reaction due to Cold Air/Vents/Fans
Are you on a daily medicine? Have you tried using your albuterol a few minutes BEFORE exposure to cold air? Do you have any luck with using breathing exercises to keep an attack from getting worse?

marrrasmom 03-06-2012 10:56 PM

Re: Asthma Reaction due to Cold Air/Vents/Fans
I have the same issue, only the cold bothers me when I am outside running. Lately, the wind has been a huge trigger of mine. I recommend using your rescue inhaler before being exposed to the cold air. My asthma is mild, but I am still learning my triggers, so I have a lot of episodes. My lungs feel inflamed for days after a flare up. It will get easier. I hope you get to feeling better, and remember the nice weather is on its way soon!

rufous57 03-11-2012 09:59 PM

Re: Asthma Reaction due to Cold Air/Vents/Fans
I was wondering what you are using for your daily preventative med, the same as JaneWhite?

I have a mild case of asthma myself and this past winter the cold air bothered my lungs so much, my pulmo put me on Advair 250, which worked great. The only problem is it caused leg and foot muscle pains and cramps so I've been switched to Qvar.

bopperbop 03-21-2012 03:07 PM

Re: Asthma Reaction due to Cold Air/Vents/Fans
The cramps are from the Advair (Or dulera in my case) stealing all your potassium.
Eat more foods with potassium and it should help.

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