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Old Mon, Jul-17-17, 00:08
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Default Asthma

I recently came down with this lovely disease, along with multiple chemical sensitivity. I'll take any and all advice.

I am very big hand washing and I no longer wash my hands at public restrooms because the fragrance I encounter in all public restrooms is sickening. Am I going to be sick all winter? I couldn't buy athletic shoes because I couldn't stand the rubber smell. I cannot stand cleaning products either. One day I couldn't stand the smell of my eye cream and had to roll down all the windows in the car, then I couldn't stand the smell of car exhaust.

I can barely stand to go to certain libraries, church, school, stores, fast food restaurants and am concerned about the next job I hope to get in chemistry or hospital lab work.

Is it socially acceptable to bring my 1 ft sq air purifier with me?

I take QVAR 80 (inhaled steroid), singulair, zyrtec, flonase and go weeks without using the rescue inhaler, weeks where I'm using it twice everyday. The air pollution in the world seems unrelenting to me.
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After being vegetarian for ~25 yrs, getting all my protein from dairy, legumes & grains, I developed similar problems until I went fragrance-free, grain-free, dairy-free and then legume-free. It was at its worst when other allergens were around (pollen, hay, sap, pets, diesel fumes). Staying away from food and other allergens I was able to wean myself off all asthma meds and live with one allergen (21.5 yr old cat). If I eat some grains, dairy or legumes, my asthma symptoms return.

I hold my breath to pop down the laundry aisle to grab my fragrance-free detergent. The perfume of a previous book borrower can make it impossible to read a library book (not a problem with e-book loans) and I have to use antihistamines to recover from these rare events.

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I used to take 3 asthma medications and could not get through spring and summer without antihistamines. Like Deirdra since becoming fragrance free, grain free, dairy free and legume free I have been able to stop taking all asthma medication and stop taking antihistamines.

My idea of hell on earth would be to be stuck on an airplane next to someone who douses themselves in perfume. I do not have my own washing machine and dryer. I have to use the machines in a common laundry room. Once I put my clothes in the dryer not realizing that someone had left a dryer sheet in the machine. When I took my clothes out after drying I got an almost immediate headache from the smell. I rewashed and dried all my clothes to get rid of it.

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Old Mon, Jul-17-17, 15:09
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Misery loves company - I'm happy I'm not the only crazy!

That diet sounds rough but doable. I've gotten into some bad habits. Its worth a try. The medications are taking a real toll on my teeth, I've had oral candida for weeks and I still wheeze every time I leave my air purifier.

I was reading the vedic theory of asthma is that it from the digestive system.
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That diet sounds rough but doable. I've gotten into some bad habits. Its worth a try. The medications are taking a real toll on my teeth, I've had oral candida for weeks and I still wheeze every time I leave my air purifier.



Asthma is rough. The diet is easy, once you commit to it.

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Old Mon, Jul-17-17, 20:58
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Thanks Jean!
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