1) Run a humidifier in the room you spend the most time in and your bedroom when you sleep. Seriously, this is a fucking lifesaver in the cold. Cold air dries out the air which triggers asthma. Humidified cold air will not affect you at all.
2) Take OTC antihistamines every day (claritin, zyrtec, allegra, whatever works for you). Also helps stop your lungs from releasing histamines in response to the dry air when you can't be in a humidified room.
If you take antihistamines just make sure they don't conflict with whatever meds you're already taking for your cold. Another thing about humidifiers, humidity of over 55% can increase the growth of mold in your room. If you're running a humidifier it's worth it to invest in a cheap humidity monitor for your room. I just bought this one for $10 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013BKDO8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I have this Levoit in my guest bedroom and while it's not completely silent, it works pretty well for under $100. Downside is it can't be taken apart for deep cleaning. I also have two of these Coway - one in my bedroom, one in my living room, bought on sale for around $140 iirc. They are easy to clean and very silent. Good luck!
You may want to look into some assistance programs available in your area. Having an inhaler is essential.
OR...schedule a visit and see if you can get some free samples. There are some things in life that you just need to do, and breathing is high on the list.
Also, check here: https://www.healthcare.gov/
I have a cheap one similar to what my doc uses and it matches what his shows. It was less than $20 on Amazon.
I researched air purifiers on Consumer Reports between 2006 and 2007. Taking cost, square footage, effectiveness, and ratings for different units into account I bought this Honeywell purifier for my bedroom. It improved my allergies and asthma substantially, I stopped waking up sick. The unit lasted a couple years, just quit working suddenly (should have filled out the warranty card) and I was happy enough with it to get another. The HEPA filter is permanent but there's a carbon filter that needs to be replaced every so often; they're carried in most home goods stores so it's convenient to maintain.
Everyone else seems to have covered the main point by now, but in the meantime while you get all that sorted out I have some tips that you could do for her.
Inhaling steam from piping hot peppermint tea has typically helps relieve immediate symptoms when nothing else was available. (I grew up poor and asthma is an expensive condition)
Keeping a clean household is crucial. Mold, mildew, dust, dander, etc. can have a substantial effect and be killing you over time. Sealing all openings and running an air conditioner will further stabilize the air quality indoors. I have an app to alert me when the air outside is bad.
I've been on ICS inhalers for 20 years and haven't experienced any side effects. The most common side effect is thrush caused by not thoroughly rinsing your mouth after using an inhaler.
https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-22008/budesonide-oral/details# discusses side effects of budenoside.
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quick question, which inhalers do you use. inhalers or mucinex can help loosen up mucous. There is also something called hypertonic saline that help loosen mucous, however if you have reactive airway disease, it might not be the best thing. Unfortunately, the best suggestion i can give you is to avoid triggers, ie smoker, pollen etc. Also if you have issues with reflux, it would be very good to keep that under control as it can worsen asthma
Nobody said this subreddit was for severe and persistent asthma only. Nobody said it should only be for people who can't run. Nobody, especially not asthma doctors, would say that asthma has to be persistent or severe in order to be asthma (https://www.webmd.com/asthma/tc/classification-of-asthma-topic-overview). Intermittent asthma, and exercise induced asthma is often MUCH harder to treat than persistent, because there's no obvious daily regimen. If you want to start a "people with debilitating, persistent, medication resistant asthma who are in imminent danger of death" subreddit, you're free to do so. Here, nobody's asthma is more deserving of attention. Asthma, in whatever guise, even if only occasional and mild, can be a life-threatening condition (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16251766). I consider your response to be passive-aggressive attacking, demeaning and irresponsible. I'm sorry that your asthma is so bad, but that doesn't make it ok for you to minimise others and their struggles to live a normal life with asthma.
It seems clear to me that OP needs medication more often than twice a week, and thus falls into the mild persistent category where they were previously in the intermittent category. They should be taking inhaler every time they run if they are meeting an asthma-related limit, and seeking medical advice re controller medication and looking at the causes of the exacerbation, which may include environmental reactivity, allergies, etc.
Ooh...been there, done that. I almost wondered if the cure/medicine was worse than the thrush. But goodness, though, thrush REALLY hurts.
I use this purifier for my bedroom and it is a LIFE SAVER:
Levoit smart wifi air purifier
I've used it for about a month since my really old purifier died, and I HIGHLY recommend it. It moves air well, it made it helps with allergies/asthma, it has a display that lets you turn off the lights, and you can supposedly even hook it up to your phone, though I haven't done that yet.
This was one of the ones we had. I liked that the canisters were easy to fill. Ohh just put a thick sticker over the blue lights, you could land a plane by them. Not sure what they were thinking there. Blue light, sleeping bedrooms really.
I've cleaned my humidifier a total of four times the whole time (couple years) I've owned it; just a rinse with water that has a piece of water bottle cleaner tablet in it. I also always use distilled water. Doesn't quite work as well as harder water, but I'll take that for the tradeoff of knowing exactly what's going into the air and never having to descale the thing.
Any small room HEPA filter unit on Amazon should be sufficient. Make sure it's an actual HEPA filter, and not HEPA like. Read descriptions carefully.
EDIT: I've had two versions of this and they've worked well. A bigger one that died after 6 years of daily use, and now a smaller one meant just for my bedroom.
Not quite he they work. Get it and do 3 good blows
when feeling great.
There will be sliders generally on them slide the green to the best blow and red to the worst.
If you blue in between those two markers you are generally fine, if below you might getting or having an attack. You can also monitor lung capacity this way.
Currently my best is 380l min and worst is 320l min. If im between im good.
Also look at this app for recording your results
Abs then look at a pulse ox finger sensor you can get them nowadays days fur like 20.
Don't get hung up on numbers on either device but they can give you a good sense of what's happening and when you might need more help
If you can get a dedicated air filter, if cost is a significant factor a 20in x 20in furnace filter (filtrate brand, the purple one) strapped to a 20in box fan works pretty good. Also a phone app to notify/track the air quality as well, I personally use Pollenwise and Breezometer
A tip for the cpap; get a fridge water dispenser with a spigot from amazon, 20 or 30 bucks. Every night just turn on the spigot for a few seconds to fill the humidifier dish with distilled water.
I have a 3 gallon model, I keep it on a shelf in my closet and only have to fill it every month or so. Every time I shop I get a gallon of distilled water and stick it in the closet. It doesn’t take up a lot of space, and they have smaller models.
3 Gallon 11.36 Liter Long Refrigerator Bottle Drinking Water Dispenser w/Faucet BPA Free - Blue - 100mm Screw Cap 15.625" x 6.5" x 9" https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D13YE90/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_r8q4EbCC65S1M
You could consider something like this. Norway is a very rich country with excellent healthcare. If you need it and and you are far away from the hospital I'm sure a helicopter will evacuate you. Have a travel insurance that covers medical emergencies. Enjoy, it sounds like an amazing trip!
I am taking one a day instead of two. It's my first foray into NAC. The brand is Horbaach and I got it from AMZN. So 600mg/day.
Flush your sinuses with salt water twice a day. Buy nasal syringe, Mix 1/4 tsp of salt per 8 oz of luke warm water, and use the syringe to flush your sinuses. Make sure you get the water all the way to the back of the sinuses before exhaling it.
After trying every antihistamine on the market, I've recently come to the conclusion, that there are no good antihistamine. Many of them -- if you take them daily -- cause either depression or other health problems.
IMPORTANT SCENT FREE IS NOT FRAGRANCE FREE.
Scent free uses chemicals to mask
the smells. Fragrance free has no fragrances.
I use a sport wash which I get at Amazon and the the link is below. Borax is a great additive it helps the soap do the job. As others mentioned use vinegar instead of fabric softener.
I've cleaned/replaced the filters multiple times, had this for over two years, and I can tell you that demonstrably, it pulls a lot of crap out of the air. Lots of dust, pet dander, etc. It also has an auto function where it will step up or step down the intensity of the suction and filtration depending on the air quality, you can make it completely dark for bedrooms where you don't want the light, and it will tell you when the filters need replacing.
But it definitely won't turn a smoking household into a non-smoking household, it definitely won't replace meds in keeping his asthma under control, and short of putting one in every room or hallway, it's definitely not going to filter an entire floor. These things are meant for individual rooms, and smaller rooms.
Renting a steam cleaner or having a carpet cleaning service come in at least once to give them a thorough cleaning may help.
As the other commenter said, you gotta treat for dust mites, and make sure your vacuum and air filter are both HEPA rated.
I also use an anti-allergen spray like this one and it seems to help?
Something like this. https://smile.amazon.com/Westmed-VixOne-Nebulizer-Mouthpiece-Resistant/dp/B07XRTDFF4/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=1FNRFQ2N121G3&keywords=nebulizer+mouth+piece+for+albuterol&qid=1664154526&sprefix=nebulizer+mouthp%2Caps%2C299&sr=8-1
It would be easier that switching medication, so might be worth a shot. But I'm just a stranger on the internet.
I have this one and like it. Seems good enough for my bedroom. https://smile.amazon.com/Pure-Enrichment-MistAire-Ultrasonic-Humidifier/dp/B013IJPTFK/ref=sxts_b2b_sx_fused_qd?content-id=amzn1.sym.62a99541-27fa-4056-948f-ab593cb35b6d%3Aamzn1.sym.62a99541-27fa-4056-948f-ab593cb35b6d&crid=1WW8M1RFENK5I&cv...
I also just put on a few pots of boiling water on the stove. That works very well in my kitchen/living room area.
don't know if this will actually work, but years ago I read that you can reduce your allergic reactions by bathing the cat once per month and taking omega3 supplements.
another option https://www.amazon.com/Allerpet-Cat-Pet-Dander-Remover/dp/B07GL335GN
I use a $2 lap counter and keep it in the bag with my inhaler and spacer.
If your cat isn't picky, they make cat food specifically designed to reduce the allergens in their saliva! Purina ProPlan LiveClear
This spray, Allergy Asthma Clean Allergen Spray Mineral, seemed to work for me - https://smile.amazon.com/Allergy-Asthma-Clean-Allergen-Cockroach/dp/B010W5OSO6
Great advice from WiseChoices. Something else you could add to your shopping list is a 6-lead EKG. It'll help rule out heart palpitations/AF -> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RQW6SD5/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1#customerReviews Does not replace the ER's 12 lead EKGs, but it does help the anxiety of thinking it could be something heart related.
I also bought myself the BLATN air quality meter to test my air at home. PM 2.5/10 (so dust/pollen/dirt/etc in the air, plus TVOCs like mold, chemicals, etc).
Also try to get yourself seen by a pulmonologist ASAP (it took me like 3 weeks to be seen for similar symptoms... also went to the ER several times myself. "Not a heart attack, not covid, go home." So I feel your pain and frustration). I suggest you go to a minute clinic tomorrow if you can, they'll likely give you an albuterol inhaler with your symptoms. That'll hopefully help with any excruciating flare ups while you wait to see a lung doc.
It also wouldn't hurt to do an assessment of your work and home air quality. When were your air ducts last cleaned, any signs of mold or do you live in a high humidity environment where mold could thrive? Mold can thrive and hide underneath carpet if your home's humidity is high. They have some good options on Amazon for HEPA filters with UV lights to kill germs/potential mold spores.
Best of luck OP. Always feel welcome to share what's going on. I found being on here really helped me mentally, knowing there's people here who know exactly how we feel and care.
I got this one and I love it!!
Be cautious around anti-acids, read "Why Stomach Acid Is Good for You: Natural Relief from Heartburn, Indigestion, Reflux and GERD".
I have used the Coway for several years and like it a lot. It has definitely made a difference for me, especially when I was living out West during the fires, but also just when my lungs start to feel heavy. It is very sensitive to things in the air, and cycles up if it senses stuff or smells in the air. When I lived with my sister if she started to cook something in the kitchen at the other end of the apartment it would cycle up, and stay cycled until it was satisfied the air was clean again. This is the one I have.
Another way I keep stuff out of my face is by sleeping in a tent bed. I got it for my daughter to use when she visits, but I use it for myself now and have for more than three years. After the first year I started to notice dust start to pile up on the "roof" of the bed, dust that otherwise would have floated down into my face.
Naw, that wouldn’t cause it. But I wouldn’t take Zyrtec everyday either. Just good practice to switch between a pill and Flonase throughout the week.
Take musinex 1200MG guaifensen fbis will clear your chest.
It’s pretty much what we have to deal with as an asthma sufferer. I have this stuff stocked up in my cabinet. fortunately since the pandemic actual colds and flus have been much further between then they use to.
I like these National Allergy Premium 100% Cotton Zippered Pillow Protectors - https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CRVNWFX/?th=1
They are 100% cotton that is woven tightly enough that dust mites can't get through them and they are machine washable and dry-able.
I used to by size specific cases, now I just buy king sized ones and fold over the excess when I put on the real pillow case. It was too much hassle sorting the sizes out when it was time to change the bedding.
This unit was recommended to me by the home-visit nurses from my hospital -- I have been using it for a year, and it works well:
Get this or one with built in fans that looks nicer. But this baby literally makes it to where I can go anywhere with severe allergic asthma. GVS SPR457 Elipse P100 Dust Half... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013SIIBFQ?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
This is what I had been wearing…got it for some construction work and realized it cure my allergic asthma (if I kept it on while outside). Looks ugly so I ordered the others that also have a battery fan making it easier to breath. Happy breathing.
GVS SPR457 Elipse P100 Dust Half... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013SIIBFQ?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
its very common, can get it online or at pharmacy. i had some expired ones 40mg pills from past life, and it worked. i now ordered root as i dont know what goes into pills, i ordered this one:
Lots of good advice here. I will add that this spray seemed to help get rid of dust mites and reduce allergens. It's like spraying water but it seems to help. This would only help if you also did everything else people recommend too.
I always buy ones that are like this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09MW5BBF3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1
They are super convenient, batteries or usb, almost no noise. They don't last forever though, so I always get the extended warranty and I always have a back up one with me.
Recently purchased one on Amazon for around $70. It’s worked well, granted I have only used it a few times. Worth shopping around more in case you find something better.
This is Amazon's choice for what I'm talking about:
Zacurate Pro Series 500DL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor with Silicon Cover, Batteries and Lanyard (Royal Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PQ8WTC4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_dl_3VJFVXMPJA9N72G1M8XR
2 of these last me a good solid year washing them once a week
Buying dust mite proof mattress cover and pillow covers really helped my allergies.
Is your air cleaner large enough for your living space? You may need to run it on high when you notice your breathing is bad, then you can turn it down. Or if it is in your bedroom, put it on high before you go to bed, then turn it down when you sleep.
I have an IQ air purifier. It’s supposed to be big enough for the whole house (1200 sq ft). If I’m having trouble breathing, I can move it to a room, close the door and turn it on high for a little bit and notice a difference. But I have to put it on highest setting to notice a difference.
You also might consider running a small ozone generator in a room you aren’t using to get that fresh air smell, but don’t run it while you are there, it is unhealthy for the lungs. I use this one on the lower setting and put it over the cat litter box.
It’s similar to this one.
Limited-time deal: Portable Nebulizer - Handheld Personal Steam Inhalers Nebulizer Machine,Personal Steam Atomizer for Kids and Adult with 1 Set Accessories https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088WQ8XMJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_dl_QAR2W5SFHESWN52XD2HF?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
When my asthma started getting bad, I purchased a portable nebulizer similar to this off Amazon and kept it in my car and at my work, along with albuterol. It can take batteries, and some models are USB rechargeable.
I know how bad Prednisone tastes, uch. My parents trained me to take pills by having me swallow a few mini m&ms whole with water, and then I'd get the whole rest of the tube to eat regularly. Maybe begin with that.
If he already usually takes pills well, you could also get a flavorless gelcap like these from Amazon and put the pill in there so it doesn't have a taste going down.
When I got mine they were extremely hard to find. I was told no pharmacy could fill my Rx so I grabbed one out of pocket. It may have been this one
Yup. I use mine with just a saline solution when I wake up in the morning and anytime I feel like I may need to get some gunk off of my chest and lungs. I was gifted this brand by my sister (NEBULIZER) and so far so good.
Zacurate Children Digital Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor with Adorable Animal Theme (not for newborn/infant) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IDMQK96/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_13JWC1RH91CW84R14AYQ
I hope you are not in school because having this around the neck is an easy target for bullying. Just sharing my childhood experience when i had to make excuses for not playing any sports or physical activities.
I simple carry this Casematix Black Asthma Inhaler Travel Case
You have the inhaler case attached with your backpack. I dont need that often but this Inhaler Case from amazon will be helpful
u/Delicatebody OP if you are in USA, you can try walgreens who carried over the counter inhaler Primatene (Mist Epinephrine aerosol). I have not tried it before but i passed by in the store.
Here’s the link for Amazon where you dont need a prescription to get it
Primatene Mist Epinephrine Inhalation Aerosol 160 Metered Sprays Over-The-Counter Asthma Inhaler https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N141L57/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_AANJC0GBQTV7KRMX26SJ
Hope this helps
I'm allergic to everything also. I have no eye watering or typical allergy symptoms. I do have a cough and my lungs are irritated all the time also. It gets worse in the summers for me. I notice sometimes my longer term I halers like Simbicort makes me worse. You could ask your doctor to try something different and even ask them about singular it's a allergy\asthma medication that could help maybe.
I get this vibration issue also when I cough and pound on my chest. I'm allergic to everything also. Try getting a HEPA filter air purifier in your home and see if that helps.
GermGuardian True HEPA Filter Air Purifier, UV Light Sanitizer, Eliminates Germs, Filters Allergies, Pets, Pollen, Smoke, Dust, Mold, Odors, Quiet 22 inch, 5-in-1 Air Purifier for Home, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CTN024Y/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_3YHJM7NCJ3EAFW14202R
I was looking on Amazon and came across this one. See the review pictures and i saw a similar inhaler (from your pictures above) fitted perfectly in the case
Inhaler travel case
I'm not that bothered by the cold unless I'm doing something particularly intensive (summer is much worse for me because of the humidity where I'm at), but I like this balaclava to help keep my face warm. A thermos of coffee or tea when I'm out also helps a lot - it both keeps me warm and keeps my airways open.
I have this balaclava and I was really impressed with it's ability to keep my nose and mouth (and the air going in) warm without making me feel like I was suffocating. As an added bonus, it doesn't steam up my glasses, either.
I dont think they are expensive or we are not talking about same thing.
See one on amazon, $20: Aobbiy Lung Expansion, Mucus Relief Device, Hand-Held Breathing Trainers - OPEP Therapy, Drug-Free - Helps Open Airways, Remove Mucus Effectively. Stronger & Healthier Lungs and Airway, Easy to Use https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086K4KKSS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_CZCWA85QWF4X4N54RP3F?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I bought these silk masks and they are very comfortable. And whenever it gets too bad, I take a moment and remove the mask for a breath or two.
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I agree with derganove anxiety is a big one.
I've taken up meditation for stress, and have upped my h20 intake a lot. And ironically, I've started drinking thyme in hot water like a tea. I don't know why but it at least opens me up a bit. For OTC I'm keeping Prime Asthma in my medicine chest it works in a pinch.
found it on this hub.
how old are you?
Do you smoke?
Do you have cough at night?
Do you have reflux disese?
does prednisone help you symptoms?
I completely disagree:
Allergy shots will help 70% of people, and may completely cure allergies in majority of them: https://www.allergypartners.com/allergy-myth-busters-allergy-shots-work/
This was the case with me. My indoor allergies are completely cured.
Humidifier is in fact recommended for asthma, as long as you maintain it properly: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/in-depth/humidifiers/art-20048021?pg=2
Just wash it.
And again, nightly humidifier running is the only way I survive visiting family in Utah.
Wow! The first step is to go straight back to your doctor and get a preventative inhaler which is normally a combination of a steroid and long acting bronchodilator. You are putting tremendous strain on your body by using your "rescue" inhaler so often.
Once your asthma is under control, try eliminating your triggers which may be environmental or circumstantial , identifying and avoiding your food allergies and correcting your nutritional deficiencies.
Give this post a read if your interested, it's very informative!
I totally do.
For me it's an "almost" involuntary slowish sustained deep breath followed by a quick exhaust.
Your device you showed me I'm very unfamiliar with. I use one I got from my doctor.
Similar to https://www.amazon.com/Voldyne-5000-Volumetric-Exerciser-Each/dp/B08P7SHCP8/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=incentive+spirometer
But identical to this https://www.saveritemedical.com/products/airlife-volumetric-incentive-spirometer-with-one-way-valve-2500-ml-capacity?variant=32484940044&utm_source=google
The goal of the incentive spirometer is to fill and expand ideally every last bit of your lungs essentially (while trying to measure capacity). You do this through a slower, controlled deep breath using the indicators of how "hard" you're breathing in (trying not to breath in too fast like a yawn, and not to slow like a straw) It's similar to how we're supposed to do nebulizer treatments.
As others are recommending, it sounds like you need to get on a controller med, which I had to do a few months ago (and should've been on one before that). Also, I know from personal experience that it's not easy at all, but try some breathing exercises, meditation videos or both to try to cut down on the anxiety/panicking, because as I'm sure you know, that can also make your symptoms worse.
Also, although this book came out a little over 20 years ago (and I'm sure there are other good ones - I've read another one called 'Reversing Asthma'), I think a great deal of the general info. is still true, and it might give you some ideas and help with anxiety as well. I just read a used copy recently.
They don’t have to be big! I have the below HEPA air filter and its footprint is around 4” by 4” (10cm by 10cm): https://www.amazon.com/Germ-Guardian-Purifier-Allergies-GermGuardian/dp/B00OLBR084
I’d put the HEPA in the bedroom, and the dehumidifier in the bathroom.
I sometimes have allergies at night (not usually asthma), and a HEPA helps with that a ton.
I got this one for my mom and it’s damned amazing (around $200): https://www.amazon.com/Coway-AP-1512HH-Mighty-Air-Purifier/dp/B08BGRFL7D
My MIL got me this one and it’s very good (around $130): https://www.amazon.com/Germ-Guardian-Purifier-Allergies-GermGuardian/dp/B00OLBR084
Yep, any HEPA can help.
3M P100 Respirator Cartridge/Filter 60923, Helps Protect Against Organic Vapors, Acid Gases and Particulates (Pair of 1) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AEFCKKY/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_PRCDJAN22GPVJG8P6DMJ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
These were reccomend to me by an environmental scientist and I've been using them for a year for my lung condition.
I am 29, I got it last October in an accident. My entire life is totally off track now. Seemingly forever unfortunately
My pulmonologist told me if it didn't go away in six months it could be permanent. Give it time and avoid any smoke
Feel free to message me if you want to talk about it - medications and or just the emotional blow.
The only way I can safely go out and about if there is any chance of exposure to smoke or irritants is in a 3m respirator half mask with these filters. (an environmental scientist who's encountered this advised these filters)
Some people do recover from this - don't lose hope
Thank you. Is this a peak flow meter? Cause I have one of these from when I had pneumonia https://www.amazon.com/Voldyne-5000-Volumetric-Exerciser-Each/dp/B08P7SHCP8/ref=mp_s_a_1_55?dchild=1&keywords=peak+flow+meter&qid=1629412034&sr=8-55
I just got this one and it changed my life. It's fit for a bedroom larger than mine but that's the point, to make sure it has enough power to filter the air multiple times an hour.
There are a lot of sources you can use to find the right one but make sure you don't get one that could produce ozone in any instance. Ozone is VERY bad for people with asthma.
I’m using this one https://www.amazon.com/LEADLIFE-Rechargeable-Switch-off-Water-proof-Humidifier/dp/B082H4G215/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=Portable+nebulizer&qid=1620420070&sr=8-9
If you own your home, try replacing your gas range with an induction stove. They are more efficient and much safer.
You can buy an induction plate to try it out first. https://smile.amazon.com/Mueller-RapidTherm-Induction-Countertop-Auto-Shut-Off/dp/B08QMP7VD3/
Consider buying filters for the air vents. I bought these recently and they've been a big help for the flares I'd been getting sitting near the air vent next to my sofa.
Heat dries the air. A small humidifier can be quite helpful. I bought this one for my son's room. It's easy to fill and clean, and has a small footprint.
I tried a few that I had around the house and for some reason the hard Excel gums like this one was very effective:
Trident’s fruit flavored hard and soft gums with Xylitol was noticeably less effective for some reason..
Let me know if it makes any difference for you.
I got a makeup travel case. Fits Benadryl, charger, extra albuterol ampules, inhaler and anything else you may need.
Travel Hanging Toiletry Bag for... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074S2M1C1?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Hey all. My friend has cystic fibrosis. She takes this everyday and says it helps a lot. She also takes anti inflammatory things such as tumeric and different mushrooms to help boost the immune system such as cordyceps. Good luck y'all!!
Ps I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. Nor do I work for any of these companies. I just have asthma and I take vitamins and herbs everyday. Specifically nettles and vitamin d.
Oh I wouldn't get my exact one; if I needed to actually get inside it to clean the reservoir, I'd be SOL. The opening is about the size of a disposable water bottle top, and it doesn't come apart.
I do trust the Levoit brand, though, and since I last looked, they've introduced a Smart Humidifier, too. If I needed another one, I'd either get that or the non-smart version.
The first thing I'll say is that the air purifier and the humidifier will fight, so keep them as far apart as possible, so the humidity has a chance to fully incorporate into the air before going through the air purifier.
I'd warn against Winix. Had a bad experience with the one I got from Costco, and some of them have UV purifiers. Avoid anything with "UV" or "Ionizing" on the box. These create ozone, which itself is a pollutant and irritant.
I have a smart Levoit air purifier that I love. Automatically detects air quality and adjusts the fan speed to match. It's set-and-forget. App and smart integration if you're into that. Nearly silent on low. Filter replacements are a bit on the pricy side, but I've reused my current one by blowing it out with compressed air. I will get a new set next time it asks for a replacement, though.
I prefer ultrasonic humidifiers, simply because of the zero risk of overboiling and no hot/burning smell. The things to look for are: auto-off (so it won't run dry), no (or toggleable) nightlight, and large tank capacity, in that order. Past that, it all depends on your price range and what bells and whistles you like. I have a little one liter one that my in-laws got me, and it's worked fine.
Someone's I think it is, but then I pause and make my breathing more deliberate. It can be hard to discern whether I'm just feeling like it is it whether or actually is.
A few weeks ago I picked up a few of these (not these exact ones) and they at least keep my mask away from my face, which has helped.
Definitely wear a covering for your nose and mouth. My sister bought me one in Korea that filters a lot of smog and it’s cute!
I’m not sure how great the filtering is with a cloth mask, but it’s better than nothing: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078S5YT6R/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_B3dgDbT0T5BNT
This one seems pretty heavy duty: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DS2V82Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_60dgDbR07JDV6
Amazon has tons of options :)
We got the two-pack this time, but you can pick other options! (This is a vanilla link, no affiliate link or anything.)
Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier,3 Stage with Two Washable Pre-Filters, Particle, Carbon Filter, Captures Allergens, Viruses, Odors, Smoke, Mold, Dust, Germs, Pets, Smokers, Large Room (Pack of 2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CV1G21F/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_SFOIFb005XE51
Here's the cheapest I could find. Personally ill probably get something a bit more expensive as honestly it looks like its pretty disposable. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00RR5VJAQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_WiYHFb2T9HDRK
This is what I bought.
I had issues when the pandemic first started. I have tried several different kinds of masks and finally found these silicone inserts that are perfect. They sit on the top of the chin, or right under the bottom lip, and on the bridge of the nose. They look like a basket, and , so far, have fit under every single mask I've tried them with. You can find them here
Make SURE you purchase only a True HEPA air filter unit!! They trap the tiniest particles and that’s what you need. Buy extra filters cuz smoke is nasty af and increase the need to change them often.
I HIGHLY recommend you get a name brand like Honeywell because other cheaper versions are sometimes found to NOT be True HEPA.
As another poster said, damp towels on the door/floor (I have wood floors so use a plastic bag under the towels - I’m in NorCal with fires burning all around me), and while normally you’d want to keep your window closed, in this case it might help to pull in clear air providing outside allergens don’t bother you.
If you have central air buy this for your room, and something like [this] www.amazon.com/dp/B01HTL3O0U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_NGlEFb91GVH0G (link button not working) www.amazon.com/dp/B01HTL3O0U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_NGlEFb91GVH0G) for the intake vent (super important you do BOTH the intake and the vent in your room).
I’m so sorry... the bigger issue here is 2nd hand smoke which is WORSE for you in the long run (at least smokers get the “benefit” of filters on their cancer sticks) especially as an asthmatic. You can develop cancer or COPD later.
I’m going to HIGHLY encourage you to take this very seriously (THREE SMOKERS?!?) and get the hell out of the coffin you’re living in asap. Find a place you can trade for a room by cooking/cleaning/childcare. I know it’s challenging right now but it can be done. This will not end well. Again my most sincere condolences.
Edit: link button freaking out.
If you have central air buy this for your room, and something like [this](www.amazon.com/dp/B01HTL3O0U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_NGlEFb91GVH0G) for the intake vent (super important you do BOTH the intake and the vent in your room).
I do not, unfortunately. I had a roomba a while back, BUT I also have too many fringed carpets from my family's travels, and the robot vacuum couldn't handle the fringe and kept getting stuck on it. And of course it's the carpets than really need the vacuuming so... I use one of those battery powered handheld stick vacuums now. This one is pretty pricey, and either the newer version of my model or the same version I'm not entirely sure. I've heard good things about this one that's much more affordable. That being said I can't speak for the longevity of this second one because I have never owned one myself.
But, if the space you need vacuumed frequently has no fringed carpets, I would hit up Google for best robot vacuum for allergies and see what pops up.
I highly doubt it's that strong. So people that use this everyday and this for a full body absorption are getting toxic levels? Do you really think a little oil in a diffuser every day is going to lead to toxic levels? That's silly. There are plenty of people spraying this oil on their skin daily and taking baths in it. There is no way a smaller amount diffused would lead to too much magnesium in the body or they wouldn't be able to sell these things so easily.
I’ve had this Levoit one for a few months now and like it a lot. I can’t say I’ve noticed a huge difference in my asthma or allergies but I’ve other air purifiers before and felt the same way. I think of air purifiers more as a cleaner option to a fan than something that will “purify” the room because obviously not puffier will get everything out of the air
hereis a good book https://www.amazon.ca/Hyperventilation-Syndrome-Breathing-Disorders-Overcome/dp/0857830295
Also look into hyperventation syndrome. Where you breathe to much. common in asthma sufferers. https://www.amazon.ca/Hyperventilation-Syndrome-Breathing-Disorders-Overcome/dp/0857830295
I can't find the formula for it right now but even if you are at sea level, if the humidity is 100% and the temperature is at 80 degrees, it's like you are at 3000 feet with the oxygen drop (like where I'm at in Florida right now).
By the way many weather apps just use the data nearest airport so they aren't accurate since humidity "lives" in pockets, you can buy a $10 monitor with indoor/outdoor sensor for where you live. or these little ones are handy 2/$5 (but I have a few and no two of them give quite the same reading) https://amazon.com/dp/B07QMZL448
with the virus, while it's remotely possible to get those symptoms without a fever first, it is highly unlikely
one way to get over the fear is to get a really good thermometer, this is the most accurate and fastest one I've found but it's hard to find in stock anywhere anymore
(don't pay more than $10 for it or you are getting robbed)
I struggle with the nose block a lot as well, and something that has helped is a nose dilator like this and also on really bad nights I use a wedge pillow. The dilator actually makes a HUGE difference and wasn't really noticeable once I got used to it. Made a big difference in sleep quality.