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Asthma or Allergies?

Discussion in 'Health' started by ImpulseRed008, May 26, 2011.

  1. May 26, 2011 at 7:04 PM
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    ImpulseRed008

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    I don't have asthma and my allergies have never done anything like this to me. Usually just the itchy eyes and sneezing, but they haven't been acting up.

    Last night I was walking my dog at a pretty good clip and all of a sudden I got short of breath and could not catch my breath. It lasted for several hours. The first hour was the worst, but it took several hours for my breathing to get back to normal.

    Was a little short of breath for maybe 45 minutes earlier today at work and then when I was out cutting my grass, got to where it was hard to breathe again. Didn't last very long once I stopped cutting the grass

    I had no other symptoms other than being short of breath.

    Ideas?
     
  2. May 26, 2011 at 7:06 PM
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    Could very well be asthma (I have asthma) but it could also be an allergic reaction. Either way, I'd let my doctor know about it and get his input. :thumbsup: Hope all is well Susan.
     
  3. May 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM
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    Thanks Colton. I have an appt next week...
     
  4. May 26, 2011 at 7:10 PM
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    could be anxiety even if you dont feel anxious

    i know in the northeast people had worse allergies this year than ever before.
    i suggest something like zyrtec, claratin or allegra, you can get them over the counter now, just ask for the generric, it will save you big money. you need to take it every day for it to work

    you may need a prescription for something like Nasonex or similar, again daily use is required for at least a few week

    lastly an inhaler like albuteral would help, especially with the breathing

    its probably something in the air, pollen, something in the trees, radiation from japan, who knows.

    start with a visit to the Dr

    i start taking zytec, nasonex in march, then use albuteral as needed
     
  5. May 26, 2011 at 7:22 PM
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    I take zyrtec as needed, nasonex year round, albuterol as needed (although haven't used it in a couple months), and flovent as maintenance.
     
  6. Jun 6, 2011 at 11:01 AM
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    Welcome to the club. Have you ever deployed? I had never had allergies growing up and during my 1st deployment my palms and feet started to break out in burning hives. Fast fwd- it has gotten better but I now have to see an allergist every few months. I have whats called dermagraphic urticaria, and am allergic to mold, dust, and pollen. I break out whenever I exercise and have to take Claritin every morning and Allegra at night. The point being we can develope these "issues" at any time and if you did deploy you are more likely (links below) to develope either Asthma or Allergies. I also know this is one of the worst seasons (nation wide) for pollen and have personnaly had some issues dealing with it. This may have nothing to do with you but again there are things Soldiers have been exposed to in (pick one, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghan, etc) over the years and should be aware of and look for signs of. Either way alleriges suck to live with and hopefully its just an isolated event!

    Hope your appointment goes (or went) well!

    http://www.webmd.com/allergies/news/20080319/iraq-war-veterans-face-allergy-risks

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/03/20/health/webmd/main3953230.shtml
     
  7. Jun 6, 2011 at 3:21 PM
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    Thanks....

    Doc said it could be stress related :eek: He said if it doesn't get any better by the 1st of July to go back and he'd run more tests... Haven't had any real issues since those two episodes - just some minor stuff, so we will see.

    I deployed to Saudi once if that counts. Other than that, I've been here in SC for over 10 years.
     
  8. Jun 6, 2011 at 5:29 PM
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    I would count it, its in the right part of the world. That whole part of the world has metals and fibers in the dust that more and more studies are finding to be extremely harmful. If no more issues I wouldnt be concerned. Just something to keep in the back of your mind.
     
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    The season (factors before / during) can make a difference, and some people grow in and out of allergies, from what i understand.
     
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