I was formally diagnosed with asthma in late 2000 after years of "illness induced asthma" episodes, although I do believe that I had undiagnosed and untreated asthma as a child. In 2008 my asthma flared quite badly due to neglect for several years. Since that time I h
[More]ave started allergy shots, daily allergy and asthma treatment including twice daily sinus rinses, oral anitihistime, nasal corticosteroids and antihistimes, Advair, Singulair and acid reflux treatments. I started Xolair shots in February 2010.
My worst asthma trigger is any odor. Of course this is worse when I am already in a flare. This includes the typical fragance triggers as well as food smells. I was unaware of this trigger in early 2008 when my asthma flared. I would be in choir at church feeling light headed, nauseous, dizzy... about to faint and had to leave. As I gained some control of my allergies and my sinuses cleared I realized that it was fragrances causing my asthma attacks. I now have a rather complicated pre-treatment routine for social gatherings including oral meds, sinus sprays and neb treatments.
It has been a long journey through which I have learned a lot about asthma, allergies, God and myself.
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