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grannyrebel7 Wed 30-Sep-20 22:26:46

I haven't had any asthma since our dog died three years ago. However, I seem to be getting it again in the evenings after dinner. It's not too bad and only lasts for a while and up until yesterday I hadn't resorted to using my inhaler. I also used it today as well. I don't want to go back to being like this. Any asthma sufferers know why this has started again at the same time every day?

Gelisajams Wed 30-Sep-20 22:36:33

Is it something you have started eating? Maybe a chat with the asthma nurse at your go surgery.

Marydoll Wed 30-Sep-20 22:44:08

Try and keep a diary and look for a pattern to see what the trigger is.

I hope you find the cause.

merlotgran Wed 30-Sep-20 22:47:20

Do you take anti-histamines?

I don't suffer from asthma but find hay fever is worse in the evenings. I take them from February to end of October.

mokryna Wed 30-Sep-20 23:25:18

Sorry it’s come back after you have been free of it for so long . A couple of ideas. Pollution got so low and our bodies got used to it but now it’s risen to pre lock down levels. The small particles from the fires from America. Asthma, for me, is always worse in the evenings because during the day the air is warming and the particles rise, evening the air is cooling and the particles drop.

PinkCakes Thu 01-Oct-20 18:09:24

Is it the cooler weather that's affecting you? Central heating?

I'm Asthmatic but only really need to use my inhalers at this time of year, particularly if I'm outside.

grannyqueenie Thu 01-Oct-20 20:02:48

My asthma is normally very well controlled but the change of seasons sometimes upsets me, trees and flowers pollinating in spring and mouldy falling leaves in autumn. Also artificial scents, and some flowers like lillies can set me off. Have you been anywhere unfamiliar? A new air freshener or similar at home? Hope get it sorted!

Newatthis Thu 01-Oct-20 20:11:57

The same happened to me although I never realised I had asthma when our dog was alive I only knew I found it difficult to breath when he was near me (obvious I know). It did clear up when he died but came back even worse about 2 years ago when I had a series of serious asthma attacks after a chest infection. I live in the countryside where there are many trees and I am wondering if it is the pollen as recently I spent some time at the seaside and wasn't really bothered with it at all, to the point where I forget to take my medication.

grannyrebel7 Thu 01-Oct-20 20:12:15

Thanks guys for all your advice as always. Think it's to do with the change of season, but I suppose it could be due to pollution levels rising again or the fires. Hope that's all it is anyway. Haven't been too bad today so fingers crossed.

Marydoll Thu 01-Oct-20 20:21:01

The trigger times for me are April and October.

I saw this quote in an article about seasonal asthma.
Autumn is the start of a whole new season of allergic hazards including mould spores and weed pollen,'

Candelle Tue 06-Oct-20 17:36:37

Can I join the club of doggie-giving-asthma sufferers?

Although I have been asthmatic since a baby, we were put in a difficult position: take on a dog or it will have to be put down, so we did. A year or so later, and on being, carted off to hospital with a stonking attack, I was told that I was 24 hours from dying, such was my BP and heart.

Shortly afterwards, said dog passed away and... my asthma steadily improved.

The interesting thing is that I had had annual hospital allergy tests and always proved positive for cats, never ever dogs!

None of this helps you, OP!

My asthma, usually very well controlled is slightly 'off' at the moment, too and daily tasks are becoming difficult. May I suggest checking that you can remember your very best inhaler technique; use it when you need, to try and not let the beast get away from you; ensure your rooms are not too dry (humidifier?) and have a word with your GP if you think things are worsening. Asthma deaths have been increasing in recent years and we owe it to ourselves to understand how to treat it. There is a great helpline at Asthma UK on: 0300 222 5800 where you can speak to a nurse who specialisies in asthma care and treatment.

Hope this helps.

Liz46 Tue 06-Oct-20 17:59:22

My asthma has been worse recently. I phoned the asthma nurse and she wanted me to go in so that she could listen to my lungs but I know they are reasonably clear.
In March when there was very little traffic and no planes flying over us to the nearby airport, my peak flow went up.
I know I am allergic to tree pollen because the consultant ordered some tests.

Nortsat Tue 06-Oct-20 18:02:36

Hi, autumn is a trigger for me, including leaf moulds and spores. Because we have had peculiar weather this year, early spring and a hot summer, some of the trees and plants natural cycles seem to have been brought forward. It could be that.

I keep a simple daily diary of symptoms and my peak flow readings. I note weather changes, thunderstorms and other triggers. It helps me see patterns and manage the various stages of my asthma plan. It also means that if I have to speak to a doctor or call an ambulance, I have my data and can quickly and accurately explain what has been happening.
I feel it gives me a bit of control over a situation which can leave me feeling rather helpless otherwise.

I hope things improve for you, soon.