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Post by meenakshi » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:31 am

Can asthma get worse or can other things suddenly start to trigger it? You see I went to an allergy and asthma dr a few years ago and she said I had "cold air induced asthma". Can it get worse and can other things start to trigger it? LIke smoke or strong perfume?? I am going to go see her again soon but just want some opions. Thanks friends.

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Re: asthma

Post by brontosaurus » Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:00 pm

Whilst I am not a professional doctor, I can pass on to you what knowledge I have gleaned on this subject. Asthma can be triggered by many things; stress, dust, dust-mites, allergic reactions. Types of paint, chemicals used in the printing industry and lots more. Free radicals hiding in diesel fumes don't ensure a quiet life for young lungs, either. Damp in houses where no damp-course was ever installed also triggers off Asthma. I was on an inhaler for quite some time as a direct result of the latter. Coal and smoke from open fires can act as the 'enemy'.

On a happier note, many medics recommend playing any woodwind instrument as being of huge benefit to human health,
enriching the supply of oxygen within the circulatory system and actually leading to a longer life. The converse is unfortunately true where brass instruments are concerned, especially the Trumpet and the effect it has upon heart valves. Ironically the trumpet valves survive the whole process but the human body's don't.
I hope this helps a bit but for the life of me, I have never heard of the fresh-air scenario until now. There is some theory that Asthma could be hereditary, but don't quote me on that.
Best wishes from an all-rounder on woodwind (for my pains) Alto Recorder, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon.


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