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Asthma - What Is It?

I have asthma and have had it since 1995. Over the years it has become second nature to just take my inhaler when I have difficulty in breathing. Cigarette smoke really aggravates it more so I stay away from any place that gives off the faintest odor and that includes people who have that awful smell of smoke on them. I actually walked out of a restaurant do to the smelly people at the next table.

So what is asthma? It is constriction of the muscles surrounding the airways. They become inflamed, sore or swollen. Cure? There is none. The only thing is to take an inhaler to lessen the swelling and irritation. Sometimes it gets so bad you have to go the ER with asthma because you can actually die from it.

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Dawnwriter wrote on October 24, 2014, 3:46 PM

My 7 year old son also suffers from asthma. It is aggravated by dust and in very cold winters. His doctor recently advised him to take Singulair tablets. (Montelukast) But I keep his inhalers everywhere. It is heart wrenching for me when he has an attack.

carmela wrote on October 24, 2014, 5:09 PM

hi ... my mom had asthma since her thirties. she was in and out of the hospital almost all her life because of improper medication. then we found a very good pulmonologist that helped us manage her asthma better. her pulmonologist prescribed steroidal inhalers as preventive medication to protect her from her countless allergens so she can enjoy being outside. she had preventive medications and inhalers to open her airways just in case of sudden attacks. this improved the condition of her lungs and gave her a longer fulfilled life. my mom died last year at the age of 83 but not because of her asthma. i know how hard it is to have an asthma attack cause i was there with my mom. i hope you find a very good pulmonologist soon !

ginger wrote on October 24, 2014, 9:44 PM

my 3 year old son also have asthma. the doctor prescribe him to take Montelukast for 3 months. I was never use nebulizer at my son since he prescribe that medicine. because every month his asthma attacks.

AngelSharum wrote on October 24, 2014, 10:41 PM

I find out next Wednesday whether I have asthma or not. The lung doc thought I did from my symptoms and listening to me, but still had me do a PFT. I find out those results next week.

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 24, 2014, 11:54 PM

My son had asthma as a small child until around the age of 8 or 9. He did outgrow it (which the doctor said may happen). He is now age 18 and has not had an episode in about 9 years. He is lucky.

Patricia wrote on October 25, 2014, 12:01 PM

Thanks for leaving a comment. Glad that he did outgrow it. I got adult asthma and never had it as a child.

Patricia wrote on October 25, 2014, 12:02 PM

Hope you do well with the test results. Hard when you can't breath! Thanks for leaving a comment.

Patricia wrote on October 25, 2014, 12:03 PM

ginger you should consult your doctor about not using the nebulizer. I helps., Thanks for commenting.

Patricia wrote on October 25, 2014, 12:12 PM

Sorry to hear about your mom passing. I am on a steroid inhaler and also the regular inhaler. I am seeing a good allergist right now, been to a pulmonologist too. But, the allergist is doing more for me right now. Thanks for leaving a comment.

Patricia wrote on October 25, 2014, 12:13 PM

Sorry to hear your little ne has asthma. I keep my inhalers in the car, in my purse, my bedroom, living room, dining room too. Those attacks are not fun. I couldn't take Singulair and now on ProAir. Thanks for leaving a comment.

imphavok wrote on October 26, 2014, 11:05 AM

I have asthma too, cigarette smoke generally doesn't bother it at all, mine is set off by allergies (dust, pet dander etc)