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My goodness, girl! I hope you get well soon. Take it easy.
 

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Gosh, I'm so sorry to hear that you're so sick. The scene you describe with all the dust sounds just awful. Please keep us posted.
 

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Originally posted by DMZ dogs@Mar 23 2005, 02:01 AM
Excus ethe typing.  Very, very shakey.  Yellow dust season is here.  So, when my cold suddenly got much more ssevere last night, I thiought it was due to the yellow dust.  Walked home at 7:40 pm and recovered around midnight.  I live one minute's walkign sdistnate from the school.  Well, this morning, they took me to the hosptial ove r my protests.  I really dreaded going out there becuase I knew that I would have a very hard time breathing.  I had been sassuming that my cold had progressed into bronchitis, which I am prone to.  Well, it was asthma attack.  I went to a small clinic first and then to a large hospital.  They gave me bogs of drugs.  Hope I don't get it mixed up with Cookie's (who's suffereing from severe dry air).  They gave me Seretide 250 and I'v e never taken that before.  Any known dangers to it/  I'm still having a hard time breathing it 's like I cnat' cathc my breath, but it's better here where I have a mega huge air cleanre rthan at the hospital where it's dierty and yellow dust comes in from everythwere.  Argh don't know when I'll be able to face going outsdie again but will have to return to work eventually.  I even have Book Club on Saturday this month.  ugh.  was looking forawrd to it but not any more.  okay gotta go lie down again feeling a bit dsiszzy.  toodles!
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Here is some info I've found..I assume they gave you the inhaler right? Seretide is also know as Advair for those who don't recognize Seretide.

http://emc.medicines.org.uk/emc/assets/c/h...documentid=2317
 

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also found

How your medicine works
Salmeterol xinafoate is one of a group of medicines called bronchodilators. It relaxes the muscles in the walls of the small air passages in the lungs. This helps to open the airways and makes it easier for air to get in and out of the lungs. The effects of salmeterol xinafoate last for at least 12 hours.

When it is taken regularly it helps the small air passages to remain open.

Fluticasone propionate is one of a group of medicines called corticosteriods which are often referred to simply as steroids. Corticosteroids are used to treat breathing problems because they have an anti-inflammatory action. Corticosteroids also help to prevent attacks of asthma.

Fluticasone propionate should not be confused with other steroids such as anabolic steroids misused by some athletes and taken as tablets or injection.

When you take these two ingredients together regularly they will both help to control your breathing difficulties.

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If I remember right, when my kids were on a steroidal medicine for their asthmatic symptoms, it raced their hearts as well and made them quite jittery. HOWEVER, usually the inhaled kind(thru breathing treatment/nebulizer) had less of that effect.
 

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Triste got you excellent information!
The Advair should work well for you. As she said, it's a bronchodilator which will open up your airway. It can give the jitters, and often does. I'm so sorry you're feeling lousy!
Asthma is no picnic. Please let us know how you are doing.
 

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Info about Yellow dust...and hints for reducing effects on skin(and I think this could help keep it from sticking to you and antagonizing your health further)

Dr. Henry] Yellow Dust and Skin



By Henry Park
It is only the middle of February and already the yellow dust has arrived.

The Meteorological Administration said that the yellow dust has come a month early this year, and it predicted that as parts of China have experienced low rainfall and high temperatures, the yellow dust will likely cause worse damage this year.

Yellow dust can damage the respiratory organ, eyes and skin.

Of these three, people tend to pay more attention to the respiratory organ and eyes, rather than the skin.

However if you think that it is important to keep the skin healthy and beautiful, you should take care of it all the time.

Recently, yellow dust has not been just dust but a mixture of pollutants and heavy metals that are harmful to your skin.

If your skin is exposed in the wind, it will become covered with yellow dust or dust.

At this time, unless you remove it properly, symptoms like itching and stinging can occur. In severe cases, this can cause exanthem or febricity, dermatitis linked to edema, and skin allergies.

Also, if yellow dust sticks to skin pores, the pores can become blocked and then the skin may become rough and troubled by pimples.

The following tips can help keep your skin healthy when yellow dust appears.

First, when you go out, cover your face with a mask or a handkerchief.

Second, upon coming home, wash your face and hands and brush your teeth. It also may be good to take a gentle shower.

Third, do not scratch or rub any itchy parts of the body without first washing your hands.

Fourth, as you may often need to wash your face and hands, you should wash with lukewarm water using a neutral or sub acid soap that is not irritating to the skin and then apply a moisturizer. In addition, as the yellow dust particles are so minute, they are not cleared away well, so washing your face with a cleansing lotion or cream before washing again with soap is also a good idea.

Fifth, when you do skin care in the morning, use cosmetics with little oil so that the dust cannot stick to your skin. Also, it is helpful to use a sunscreen or make-up base that is sand-proof. Do not change cosmetics suddenly or irritate your skin with a scrub.

Sixth, avoid lipstick that alien substances can easily stick to. It is effective to use a coloring agent such as a tint for lips because they are not sticky.

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Gee, Triste...I wonder how you got so good at RESEARCHING!!!!
 

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Man! That sounds awful.
Hope you are feeling better soon.
 

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I hope you are doing better.

I have asthma and have used advair before. It works good for to prevent asthma attacks, you take it every day sometimes a couple times a day. But if you are having an attack you need to take predisone or something to reopen your air tubes (at least that is what they always did for me). Also you can use albutoral to help stop an attack that is that bad. When that doesn't work they give you predisone.
 

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Oh my, I hope you are feeling better now. My mom has terrible asthma and she is on (I think) advair, singulair and albuterol. Is there anywhere you can get an air filter for your house? My mom has 3 in our house and her asthma is not as bad anymore. My mom also had steroid injections to open her airways at the hospital. I hope you are doing better soon!!
 

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oh gee I hope you are feeling better soon! I was going to suggest an air cleaner too - for in your home. do you have one? I have allergies to dust and pollen amoung other things, and yesterday was a bad headache day for me. I am considering one of those sharper image cleaners... Ionic breeze. I bought one for my brother for xmas and he swears by it (although doesnt have allergies like I do).

Feel better!
 

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Hello!
Air hunger is an awful feeling, to experience, and/or to watch someone go through. Glad you got to the ER!
One of my sons, slips easily into respiratory distress, with any "little cold" bug he gets.. He tried the inhalers, but this didnt work to well for him as he coud not inhale deep enough for it to be effective (MIND YOU HE IS ONLY 8 YR. OLD)

We now have a small nebulizer machine that was provided by the insurance Co.
He uses ,Xopenex. This along with air purifiers has been extremely effective.

Advair is a good inhaler.

Feel better soon.
 

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So sorry to hear that you have been having trouble breathing. There is nothing more scary than to not be able to catch your breath. I too am an asthmatic. The Advair takes several weeks to really show any affect on your bronchial tubes, it is really an inhaled steroid. It is NOT to be used as an inhaler for attacks, it just doesn't work that way. A good Albuterol inhaler is used for the emergency issues and to much of it can make your heart race and make you feel very jittery....use with caution. Singular is a wonderful rather new drug that actually helps with the allergies that can CAUSE an asthma attack. I take all 3 of these and use a nebulizer at home in case of a severe attack (keeps me out of the ER). All breathing/asthma issues should be discussed with your primary care Dr. in full to make sure that YOU know what is happening to you and how to control it. Two things I learned early on were:

1. DON'T "suck it up" and try to wait out an attack, I can guarantee you it will only get WORSE.

2. Know what your asthma "triggers" are, what are the things that set you off as far as breathing issues. This may mean allergy testing and all that goes with that drawn out process....it's well worth the time.

I know what my triggers are and try very hard to avoid them. I was diagnosed over 4 years ago and since I have learned to manage my asthma and my Dr. has worked so hard on educating me I can boast that I have only had 1 trip to the ER in 4 years. Good luck and take care of yourself!!
 

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I think it's a good idea that you go see a specialist soon. Take good care of yourself.
 

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Poor thing, I hope you are feeling better soon. I can't help you with suggestions I never had to deal with those allergies, knock on wood. Better see a specialist so you are prepared next time.
 
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