My husband has Allergy induced asthma. His triggers are cigerett smoke and dog dander. We live in the south, He is never around his triggers (since they outlawed smoking in resturants) down here. Our problem comes when we decide to go to his home state to visit his side of the family. We are going for Christmas. His Sister has a Inside dog and his parents both smoke. In the winter he is continually miserable up north because the houses are closed up tight to keep out the cold, but it keeps his triggers in. He tries to spend time outdoors but the winters are brutal and you can not stay out long periods. The cold air doesn't help when his chest is already closing off from either the smoke or the dog depending on whose house we are at. Can you please tell me what might be good to use to treat this? Because his symptoms are allergy induced and he only has them when he goes home maybe one or two weeks out of the year I dont know if a doctor will perscribe a inhailer when he has no symptoms. He has used proventil and it has worked good in the past. but only got the perscripsion in the emergency room after an attack. The primateen mist didn't work that well. Woluld like to have meds before the problem gets bad. No fun ending up in the ER. Help Please?
If your husband must visit his side of the family, and that is a big IF, he should be pre-medicated with asthma medicines, to include an inhaled steroid, such as Flovent® Inhalation Aerosol (fluticasone propionate), and an anti-leukotriene medicine that is taken in pill form. He should also request that a no-smoking and no-dogs-allowed section should be set aside, in each home you visit and that if relatives want to visit with him that they come to that area and not smoke there. He should also have a Proventil® HFA Inhalation Aerosol (albuterol sulfate) inhaler on hand, should his asthma flare.
If you present your problem to his doctor, as well as you have here, his doctor should be quite willing to provide the necessary medicines. Forget the Primatene® Mist (epinephrine hydrochloride).
As much as possible you two should suggest frequent outings with the family, to places where smoking is prohibited and, under no circumstance, travel in a car where smoking will occur.
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