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Asthma Patients. How Do You Make Your Life Bearable?

Some diseases get a lot of attention and subsequently people are aware of how to cater for their suffering loved ones.

Asthma; I don't know how many people 'really' know what an asthma patient feels like; the reactions to dust, pollens, cold food/drinks, fan , harsh weather, colesterol-containing foods,etc, a host of things can trigger an asthma "attack".

People around may be insensitive to these, and may inadvertently make the life of a sufferer worsened. Yet, there is no cure, but numerous suppresants(amyinophyline; ventolin etc)

I would like asthma sufferers, or those who care for them to tell me how they cope; drugs they use, and preventive measures; and testimonies if any has been "healed".

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@ Joywendy, yes, I hv for quite sometime.

I had an issue sometime last yr that I ws given prednisolone. While I was still taking it, I found out that I got pressed more often @ night, so, I browsed its side effects, and found out it's 1 of dem, so, I stopped after I took 1card. Presently, my immune system is low, and I think d med' contributed 2 it, too.

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pls post ur email adress

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IT IS A PITY MANY STILL BELIEVE THAT ASTHMA IS NOT CURABLE, BUT I CAN BET IT WITH ANYONE THAT THERE IS CURE FOR ASTHMA.IF YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW IF ASTHMA CURABLE OR NOT, JUST TRY THIS LINE ( 08162005033)AND ASK FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PERMANENTLY FREE YOURSELF FROM ASTHMA. AND FOR MANY CHRONIC DISEASES THAT IS GENERALLY BELIEVED TO V NO CURE, U JUST CALL FOR MORE DETAILS ANY CHRONIC ISSUE

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Curative contibutions too (if any).

Thanks.

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I notice some people got a relief from asthma when they relocated to temperate regions. I have the same experience. Interesting !!!

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Just a line about Asthma.

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I'm not sure how expensive but it is doubtful if you would get it in Nigeria. It's a relatively new therapy most of the asthma therapy websites dont even talk about it. I only came across it during an asthma class last fall.

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How expensive? Is it available in Nigeria?

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FcεRI blockers are the most effective asthma therapeutics.

These receptors found on mast cells and eosinophils bind IgE antibodies produced by B cells in response to allergic TH2 responses

Blocking the FcεRI receptors prevent IgE from binding to inflammatory cells in the lungs.

One caveat . . . these drugs are new and VERY expensive, but for those who can afford them. . . wave goodbye to asthma so long as you follow the prescription. The drugs are usually given as an injection once in a few months or so.

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Inhaler was of help when I was in nigeria, and sometimes I take injections. I don't get attacked easily, unless i get attacked with cold, cattarh and stuff, Since i GOT TO U.K, i HAVEN'T had attacks! But my brother has no two options than ventolin Inhaler!

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Nice thread you have going on here.

Here are my own inputs:

http://tonyblu.blogspot.com/2007/04/asthma.html

http://tonyblu.blogspot.com/2007/04/asthma-2.html

http://tonyblu.blogspot.com/2007/04/asthma-3.html

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Yeah, its the same stuff, I just spelt it wrongly.

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i use my Advair and Albuterol, and that has been helping me now. i can work out at the gym without felling out of breath.

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As someone said, prevention is THE keyword. Secondly, use the power of the internet to educate yourself about happenings in the field of asthma and latest findings out there. I personally don't have a lot of faith in Nigerian doctors, not because of the individual, but more of the "system" that trained them. The health care system is criminally terrible, so I would always seek a second independent opinion about any health issue, not just asthma.

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you can talk to your doctor for classification of your asthma, based on severe persistent, moderate persistent, mild persistent and mild intermittent.you use what is known as a peak flow meter or spirometer. based on the type of asthma you have, you can develope a plan with your doctor to control your astma. learn your triggers and how to avoid them. learn signs of an attack--- cough( night time), difficulty breathing, chest

is tight, headache, drop in peak flow numbers, wheezing, breathing fast, itchy watery eyes, change in face colour.remember to use your asthma medicines correctly for good control. you can live a normal life when youcontrol your asthma.

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tru to wht mamaput said,use of rug is an asthmatic patient room is bad cause it collect dust so dnt lie on the rug preferable carpet or tile if u can afford it so u will mop it well,

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all u need to do is to study urself carefully,try and know ur own caause of ur asthma whter is certain food or pest or dust,when u'd done tht then u will know which way to go and when under attack do lesws work drink much water and try sit at a uprightposition angle 90 on a chair,if u feel the attack at night b4 u sleep,dnt botha eating tht 9t, caus eating will increase the attack,

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@londoncool

Intresting, lucky you.

like you siggy, it for real!

back to the topic pls,

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is that your asthmanol the same thing as asmanol F made by vitabiotics?

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I'm Asthmatic. I inherited it from my Dad.My Grandmum used native herbs to cure my Dad's asthma and forgot the formular. I grew out of asthma when I grew up in UK. I gradually got asthma again when I relocated to Nigeria and nearly died from one attack,a pharmacist gave me an intravenous injection-cortisone to save me when I was stranded in Lagos.

I used Asthamanol and Ventolin Tablets/Syrup to control the Asthma. When I returned to the UK and registered with my GP he seized my (Nigerian) Asthmanol drugs and said they contained banned substances. During my last attack in 2004 the ambulance  came when I nearly was breathless and took me to Kings College Hospital and I was placed with an Oxygen mask and given Oxygen and Nebuliser.They couldnt bring the attack under control so I was administered with Steroids which neutralised the asthma. The steriods worked better than Viagra for me,double-strength,man.

I usually hop around London with my Brown and Blue inhalers  (Becotide and Salbutomol).Asthma has been added to the Disability Discrimination Act in UK as a disability and as a result I stopped wearing my tie to work under the genuine pretext of being an asthma patient.

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i used to be asthmatic but i ve lived without an attack for 2years now.i think the best thing is to know what triggers your attack and make sure you avoid it.i keep warm cos mine is caused by cold and also make sure you ve multiple medications on you all the time cos i nearly died when my new inhaler failed i had used it 2 days b4 and i had a serious attack when my inhaler refused to clear my airpipes,it was scary i tell you,i thought i was going to die but i had to wait for about 20mins for my sister to go get another inhaler,it was terrible, my sisters were crying thinking she going to die b4 an inhaler comes but am alive and grateful.so now i just pray to God i don't ve an attack and its being two years and counting.

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The major thing is to know what and what triggers it.

I was a very active sport person in school even with asthma!

But has far as you can tell when the symptoms shows up so do away with the cause or take you medication.

Dont wait till its a full blow crisis,

greatest prevention ia to keep your medication close and have back ups!

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Someone just mentioned the use of a special inhaler called - fluxotine. You could consult with your medical adviser.

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Its not the same for everybody.

My daughter takes her pillow to peoples house if she is going to sleep over.

She dose not sit on grass she takes a blanket out with her.

And if she dose she will also wash her hair.

I have taken carpet and curtins out of her room and all unnecessary dust collectors.

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What kind of preventative measures did you have in mind? Care to share some?

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prevention is the word!

Learn about it and you can be as free has those you do not have it

at least to a large extent

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Tell us more about that, is it GNLD, forever living or Tianshi?

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Well I grew out mine, but I rememebr I used to faint easily after extreme exertions. One of the best things for asthmas is to use O-3 supplements. The O-3 somehow plays a role in reducing the body's over production of mucous, which triggers the problem.

I am a health and lifestyle consultant , and have seen my friends put their asthmatic children on O-3 supplements, and believe me after awhile the asthma just disappeared. Its really amazing what nutrition can do.

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dont know much about hay fever but i hear they could lead asthma

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wELL THE Medication my daughter takes (daily ) helps alot .She has no SS not even AS because my dad is AA and my mum was white.

But i remember once i brought a christmas tree and her nose started to run(Blood) like a tap.

I had to throw the tree away after 2 days. It was not yet xmas.

People with too many anamals in the house.

I had wanted to get rid of the cat but we tested her . With cat hair there is not much problem.

A rabbit or bird will be worse the DR says. because of the feathers and the hay.

Asthma and hay fever are just the worst.

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I still get symptoms of asthma from time to time now but not as severe as before. The "good" thing about asthma is that it gives a lot of signal before manifesting itself; giving you time to adjust your schedule. Drinking garri, eating indomie, groundnuts, corn, fried yam is sure to trigger an attack in me so I avoid such.

Sometimes, sudden change in weather conditions can also be a cause. Infact I have noticed that the humidity in Port Harcourt is so much that asthmatic people suffer a lot. I have been told that if i should go to such places as Abuja, Jos, Lokoja or Akure where there is less humidity that it will be much better for me. Taking my inhaler around is something i do although i don't necessarily use it as often because I believe more in preventive measures. Any time I get the warning signs especially on Sundays then I have to skip church because our meetings are very loud and full of activity - dancing, singing and the penterastal "u know what"

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dts one critical case, nose bleeding somehow has something to do with asthma, you get some bleeding when its too serious and too critical. some would even faint, you notice some people with high shoulders and their chest is always up when they have an attack. the causes are yet unknown so sad.

and the SS patients too has nose bleeding

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My daughter even takes her pellow with her.

Dont ask me what nose bleeding has to do with Asthma but if she dose not take it along thats 3 days nose bleeding and up to 4 times a day.

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i am quite amazed and yet impressed to see true opinions and to read from the real posters from their personal experiences.

Its really hard to cope when you are asmathic but one thing i know for sure is, there is a cure for it here in nigeria but meeting the true ones is quite rare,hard to get and hard to find the true ones. i use to be one till 1996 when i finally got rid of it, its was quite hard each time i have the attacks then and it was damn too serious and too bloody, funny enough no one can feel or understand you better than yourself during the time of the attack. herbal drugs really work and from the time i got my cure or if i am allowed to use the word "outgrown" mine, i have helped quite a lot of people through the same way i was helped. its damn hard and since 1996, i do virtually everything, which includes blending with any imv or any kinda weather or those things that triggers the attack.i take raw ice now and i do alot of racing!

"Garri" is one thing that triggers the attack most at that time and when i laugh just too much. its like a stigma when you have to carry your medications all around, although i was recommended to stay on ventolin at that time but my parents wont lemme because they felt it would on widen the spectrum and it would become more harmful when i am used to ventolin but since 1996, i have gone for quite a number of test and its been confirmed that i am asthma free.

For all those presently undergoing the attack, i am so sorry and i feel you close to my heart, its so hard especially when you meet that asmathic kid who cant even describe what he/she feels.

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@diyoibdw

i will check it, appreciate the info.

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Hey rare i drink coke with no ice too! you're not the only one

did you ever have an attack after laughing too hard. Then i used to avoid running/laughing too hard.

find out what triggers your attack and eliminate it it's very hard to do., me i had to come to yankee to eliminate dust. Naija you have to sweep the living room, then sweep the compound then [b]dust [/b]your aunty's boysquaters, then you play football on red [b]dusty [/b]sand. cool yourself with cold drinks, then on your way home you have to run to catch a moving bus. Then have the attack at night.

Me: Sir I can't sweep i'm asthmathic.

Teacher: If you dont do it i'll give you 12 strokes!!!!!"

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@ify2love2

learn more,

http://www.asthma.com/

http://www.noattacks.org/about.html

http://www.medicinenet.com/asthma/index.htm

But best advice will be from you doctor!

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am asthmatic sha.i make sure that i am always with my ventolin inhaler

i also avoid dust and anything that the small is strong.

then i pray to God to help me improve my health

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@davidylan.

Thank you for the advice. I know the root of my problem now, but the problem is being able to identify it. Because i am working in a manufacturing company that uses all kind of chemicals. But i will try to avoid the harsh ones if i can.

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My daughter has asthma she had to inhale when she was small with a paryboy an in hailing marchine.

Now she uses Viani Mite. daily.

We had an allergy test done also.

She is not allowes to roll in grass i dust her room very often and expose of all these dust catchers.(unnecessary items in the room that gather dust.

We only get a fake tree for Christmas.

When she plays outside in the spring i wash her hair almost every day.

She also suffers under a lot of nose bleeding depending on the pollings in the air.

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Pele Rare, understand ur anger at this predicament. It's unfortunate that some don't seem to outgrow the ailment as some do.

The fattening of your cheeks is what is know as moon facies. It is a side effect of corticosteroid therapy, you might also notice you start getting "extra tires" around your abdomen too. Another side effect is you may find urself easily developing secondary infections so you want to be extra careful as corticosteroids do suppress your immune system. Also it is advisable not to be on steroids for too long as it may cause shrinking of your adrenal glands which means you would have to remain on steroid therapy for life since your body can no longer produce its own steroids.

Advair like bluenubian suggested earlier might be a very good therapy for you, it is proven to be very effective and attacks asthma from two different cellular stand points.

One note of caution - Never go off steroid therapy abruptly!!! Wean yourself off it gradually by reducing your dosage with time before you eventually stop.

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I think I get the summary of how to take care of self. It is really summarised by the one golden rule: " Find out what your body reacts to; and avoid it completely. With discipline you'll get used to it"

I remember whenever I'm out with my guys; and they are always stunned that I reject cold drinks. I don't need to explain. Simply, I just do not want to, that's my reply to any question.

Does anybody use the drug; DEXACORTIN (made in Ghana)? When I started using it ; it was like magic. I didn't have an attack for about a year and a half. I also developed very fat cheeks during the time. I stopped using it after this relief as the drug's documentation ordered. But now, I get attacks a little more often; albeit mild attacks, nothing outrageous.

The most annoying thought of asthma is that you have to depend on some kind of medication lifelong. It's scary!!!

But you need to see me when I'm relieved; I the greatest soccer player amongst my friends. What irony?!

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sudden feeling of chest tightening, difficulty breathing/gasping for breath, most times your heart starts beating faster because your brain wants to get more oxygen to vital organs of your body as it feels you are not getting enough. It is possible to develop asthma later in life but most adults are probably only experiencing an allergic attack and may not be due to asthma. simply find what you are reacting to and remove it!

My brother used to have symptoms when he was younger but he's outgrown them now.

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I went to hospital recently, ventolin was given to me.

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What are the symtoms of asthma? When one is having difficulty in breathing, does that mean the one is asthmatic. I want to know if one can just develop it after twenty year. When is no no sure thing in the family before

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i have a lot of asthma patients and so ive noticed that they do better with a daily therapy of advair which is mix of fluticasone and salmeterol (steroid and bronchodialator respectively). advair is meant to manage asthma as in prevent future asthma attacks, its not meant to stop an athma attack, thats what ur albuterol inhaler is for.

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its deffinately a true story

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i think there are now inhalers that do include glucocorticoids and beta2 adrenoceptors. This inhalers are currently the best line of treatment for asthma.

New drugs are presently undergoing clinical trials but it will be yrs before any form of cure for asthama will ever be found because asthama is basically an abnormal response of the body's immune system to harmless antigens that would normally pass unoticed in normal individuals.

Treatment - Take your drugs, do not smoke and stay away from allergens!

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A girl in my secondary school died of Asthma and the funny thing is before that no one took asthma seriously we just used to fake and say we had asthma to avoid punishments like sweeping and jogging

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