What is this sudden asthma?
January 16, 2012 4:49 PM Subscribe
YANMD, but what should I do about my sudden onset allergies? At least I think it's allergies; otherwise my asthma just got really bad.
posted by lhude sing cuccu to health & fitness (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I moved to a particular coastal town for school in August, and by October I was feeling really terrible. It felt like asthma, really bad asthma, coupled with heart arrhythmia, which made the hypochondriac in me suspect I had watery lung syndrome. (FWIW I'd been to the doctor for my arrhythmia, and they didn't seem concerned.) It would go away for about five minutes with my inhaler, but then it would just come back again.
A friend suggested it might be allergies, and ever since I've been taking Allegra daily, I've been better. It's weird, though, because I have no other symptoms. I recently went back home for a month, and I was quite worried to find out that my symptoms were almost as bad as they were at school—I was taking my inhaler much more often than I ever had to before I moved for school. I've become certain, though, that I'm just really allergic to the trees here or something, and now it's made me more sensitive to ALL of my asthma triggers.
So basically, until I end up going to the school clinic, I've been self-medicating with a daily cocktail of Allegra, guaifenesin, my inhaler, and occasionally pseudoephedrine. Does anyone else recognize this type of "allergy," and what did you do about it? My cocktail works, but I'm just upset that I suddenly have to do this. I'm 21, by the way.