Food Allergy Counseling

Food Allergy Counseling
Sloane Miller, Food Allergy Counselor (Picture © Noel Malcolm 2013)

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Asthma

How have your allergies been these past few weeks? I know I’ve heard complaints of allergies even from non-allergic adults. And I kept thinking, “Aren’t I lucky? They haven’t affected me so much this year”.

That is until I realized I’ve been overlooking the obvious: the heaviness in my chest; the cough that sounded a bit deeper that it should; the slight constriction when I take a full breath.

What is it? My allergic asthma.

I’ve had asthma since I was four years old. I spent a childhood on medications, knew my local ER too well, and got every sickness that went around-it always became worse when it hit my chest, still does. However, these days my asthma is of the mild variety, thank goodness. I don’t use my rescue inhaler often and after a decade on cromolyn sodium solutions, I only take Advair daily as a preventive because of some back to back bronchitis I had two years ago that I couldn’t quite shake.

Right now, there’s no wheezing, just a background of slight tightness. My doc even had a listen-there’s was nothing he could hear. But I know what I feel. And there’s nothing really to do, I don’t think, but relax, stay in air conditioning, keep taking my Advair, and enjoy a cup of caffeinated tea.

Tea is my cure-all (though not a cure of course, and I take big meds when necessary). Tea was my favorite drink as a baby and I can’t tell you how many tight chest instances have been helped by a cup of steamy Lipton’s or Twining’s Earl Grey.

To those of you out there with asthma, what helps you, meds or otherwise?

2 comments:

ByTheBay said...

My allergies are so bad. For real, I'm wondering if I made a mistake by moving here. I haven't felt so awful in ages. My asthma is bad, though it's been worse. I haven't used my inhaler a lot, but I have a constant minor cough and sense of tightness. My eyes are burning. AARRRRRRGH! Hey I am going to try to come down to the city in mid-June - I hope we can have lunch or something :)

Allergic Girl said...

people swear by singular. i havent tried it though, i'm so med phobic i hate trying new stuff. but yes the season has been very bad. stay in the a/c.

and yes mid-june let's go for it!