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    Default The doctor thinks I have adult asthma

    I've had this chronic cough for the last 2 months or so. Plus I've had a few of these episodes where I'll wake up in the middle of the night because I can't breathe. It just feels like my airways are constricted and you can actually hear a wheezing sound as I try to breathe in and out. My allergies have been out of control lately though too, where I'll have uncontrollable sneezing fits. Mr BRS tells me I'm gross! LOL! But I can't help it. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone else has developed problems like this after they entered adulthood. The doctor wants me to use an inhaler, but I hate those things. We suspect it may be related to my hormone imbalance, since I guess abnormal hormone levels can actually induce the onset of adult asthma. Weird, huh?

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    Default Re: The doctor thinks I have adult asthma

    Weird. I've never heard of adult asthma... Are you going to use the inhaler? It seems like its quite serious.

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    Default Re: The doctor thinks I have adult asthma

    I think I still have astma....I get short of breath running 5 steps lol!!

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    That IS weird. I am really sorry to hear that bRs, I hope it gets better!:hug:
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    Default Re: The doctor thinks I have adult asthma

    Yeah, they say adult onset asthma usually pops up in people in their 20s. But asthma symptoms can appear as late as your 40s or 50s. It's more common in women than in men. And it often effects people that had allergies as a kid but not asthma.

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    Default Re: The doctor thinks I have adult asthma

    Quote Originally Posted by VivaLaJuicy View Post
    Weird. I've never heard of adult asthma... Are you going to use the inhaler? It seems like its quite serious.
    The doctor prescribed one for me. He said I needed to go see an allergist. But I don't have insurance and those doctors cost tons of money. This doctor that I went to see was the free doctor at school and he couldn't really do much. I don't feel like its too serious, I've just had a few of these attacks that are kinda scary.

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    Hey there BrS, as a child I always broke out into hives all over my body as a result of allergies, then when I was around 21 or 22, I stopped breaking out in hives and I developed Adult Asthma. I have since been on an inhaler, and never leave home without one. It's important that you keep asthma under control, so you should get yourself an inhaler.

    When I was first diagnosed with it they also suggested I go for allergy testing, to find out if it was something specific that could have been eliminated from my life ( e.g certain foods, colourings etc ). Anyway, to cut a long story short, there are millions of things they can test you for, and in my case they never reached any conclusions. So don't stress if you don't get these tests done, they are generally a waste of time and money. But it is IMPORTANT that you get yourself an inhaler, you'll feel so much better for it.:hug:

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    Well since my allergies have been so out of control lately, they thought it would be a good idea for me to see an allergist. I have tried every prescription and OTC allergy medication there is. They all either don't work or they give me sinus infections. ::sigh:: But allergy shots would be really expensive too, even if an allergist could figure out what the problem was. I'll be getting the inhaler, but I'm not going to use it unless I absolutely need to. These attacks just happen every once in awhile at night. So it would be nice to be able to do something about it instead of staying up half the night in order to ride it out. KWIM? It's nice to know that there is someone else out there that knows what I'm talking about though. Thanks Marilena!

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    Default Re: The doctor thinks I have adult asthma

    If you're only going to use the inhaler when experiencing wheezing or having an asthma attack, then you need to make 100% sure that the inhaler you were prescribed is for that purpose. There are two types on inhalers: those used to prevent asthma attacks, which are used daily and which are the ones most doctors are prescribing nowadays; and those used for acute asthma attacks, like proventil. The preventive inhalers have a mechanism of action that will do nothing for you during an attack, just as the proventil-like inhalers do nothing to prevent attacks.
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    ^^ I use both. I use a preventor inhaler once a day, and I carry an inhaler for attacks around with me at all times. For me, using both works well as the preventor keeps my asthma under control, but there are certain times, like Springtime, or when I exercise that I use the other inhaler.

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    ^ Yes, I agree. Using both works way better than waiting to have an attack to use one. Since she doesn't want to use inhalers at all but will get the one prescribed to her, just in case, it needs to be one for acute attacks, not for prevention, as she plans to use it only when absolutely necessary.
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    Default Re: The doctor thinks I have adult asthma

    Wow, im sooo sorry to hear that BrS.. Ive had asthma since i was young so ive had plenty of time to get used to it.. The only thing i can really say is if you do have an attack make sure you stay calm.. You wouldnt believe how much anxiety increases the severity of your breathlessness... All the best.


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    Default Re: The doctor thinks I have adult asthma

    I don't know what the inhaler is for really. The doctor never said. I took the prescription to the pharmacy and I haven't gotten around to picking it up yet. I have no clue what the instructions for it are. I think it's albuterol. What is that generally used for?

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    Default Re: The doctor thinks I have adult asthma

    Ive delveloped asthma when I hit 21. It freaked me out. Now, I haveta use inhalers ...which sucks. But life goes on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boysRsmelly View Post
    I don't know what the inhaler is for really. The doctor never said. I took the prescription to the pharmacy and I haven't gotten around to picking it up yet. I have no clue what the instructions for it are. I think it's albuterol. What is that generally used for?
    Albuterol is generic Proventil and it's the first-line treatment for asthma. It's a bronchial dilator used to open up the airwaves during an attack. At some point, it started being used to prevent the attacks as well, especially for exercise-induced asthma, although nowadays there are other inhalers which are recommended for prevention only. Make sure you follow the instructions to a T. The main side effect is nervousness and an increase heartbeat, so watch out for stimulants, such as coffee. I sound like a f#cking TV ad...
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