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Go romantic with candles Romance and asthma

Romance and asthma

Do you have a loved one who have asthma? Asthma, romance and romantic settings is that possible?

Yes

But what you have to take in account is what the person get sick from, do ask before you start making this big romantic date. People having asthma react to so many different things so you better make the trouble asking.

In  general I can say that clean air is the best environment, so skip scented candles, burning any candles, incense, any fragrance product, avoid fireplaces, and no smoking. And remember that allergy can be airborne so do not be flagrant about allergies, it is nothing romantic about getting sick.

Still you can make a romantic setting.

Buy battery-powered candles that is fragrance free. You can fill the whole room with it since it do not pollute the air.

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Check out what flowers the person is tolerant to and what makes the person sick. Maybe artificial flowers looking the real deal is a better choice. Look for alternative decorations the person tolerate. You do not want your loved one to become ill.

Dust is bad news for asthma, so is fragrance cleaning agents. When you are going to clean use only fragrance free products for cleaning. In the store do choose something mild that do not have a strong or stingy odor. Remember that fragrance products gasses off to the air, and that is bad for the lungs. For dusting do only use water and a cloth.

If you have pets: Pets are like family members. If the person is allergic to you pet then maybe you have to see that you will have to choose between your pet and this person in the long run. Are you willing to do that?

In all are you willing to adapt to your loved ones asthma and allergies? Remember that the person having asthma and allergies can not choose not to have asthma and allergy, it is a life long commitment. It is not something you can ask them to stop doing.

Make some food and make sure to air out well before your guest arrive. Some people who have asthma react to cookery fumes. But remember that exhaust is bad too so you do not want the room full of that.

Go romantic!

/ Annelie


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To fight a gnu battle…

Sometimes trying to win a argument with a less enlightened is useless.

It is kind of like when you try to tell a person that fragrance is harmfull to human health. Some will never believe you before they get sick themselves. It will then become important to them too.


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Disease in a bottle

Note! That your “fancy” fragrance product is likely to cause illness in others. Don’t buy fragrance products.

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Look for the better alternative.

GO FRAGRANCE FREE!


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Why do we need fresh air?

I was talking to a person I know very well today that have not been taken care of their asthma lately and had a violent asthma attack yesterday. Too few understand how dangerous this is, that goes both for them who are sick in asthma and those around who have not.

Why do we need fresh air?

About 20 % of inhabitants in society have asthma, and more are getting it from year to year.

When a person having asthma is exposed to allergens and irritants and stuff that the lungs is ill from MUCUS is formed in the lungs and clogs the airways. In addition to the mucus clogging the bronchies (airways in the lungs) cramp due to muscles around the airway cramping making the already mucus filled airways even tighter. This is what makes it hard to breathe. It is also important to note oneself that even insensitive and uncaring behaviour that cause emotional stress to a person having asthma can cause the same Health issue.

This is what happens if a person having asthma is subjected to airborn allergens and irritants, or eating something they get sick from, and it worsen by the hour they are subjected to it.

If the person do not get treatment this is what happen:

1 The asthma attack is sneaking on the person making it hard to breathe until he /she get too little oxygen and ultimately die from it.

2 Have a acute asthma attack that is very violent, with violent coughing, violent breathing problems, muscle cramps and ace, it is easy to spot and in the long run just as deadly. Often you can not stand up straight because you cough so violently.

3 A combination of the two above.

4 Anaphylactic shock. Death comes quickly.

So before you say “take a pill” and “let me smoke and fragrance in Peace”, give us fresh air. That is what we need!


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Valentines day and Asthma

Here is a little tip I found on the American Lung Association for everyone wanting a romantic Valentines day asthma insident free. It was so good I want to share it as is. I know Valentines is over now for this year, but maybe for the next and next and next…?

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Make Valentine’s an Asthma-Friendly Day

February 13

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your significant other how much you care. However, when you have asthma many traditional gifts can worsen symptoms and make it hard to breathe. The American Lung Association offers these tips that can help make your Valentine’s Day more asthma-friendly.

Low-pollen/No-pollen, Fragrance-free Flowers and Plants

Flowers are a traditional way to say “I love you”, but many varieties can cause asthma and allergy symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing and coughing. However, this doesn’t mean your loved ones can’t enjoy fresh cut blooms or flowering plants. Here are some tips to make an asthma – and allergy-friendly selection that everyone can enjoy:

  • Fresh Flowers: Ask your florist to create a low pollen, low fragrant asthma-friendly bouquet. Check out Organic Bouquet which highlights some low-fragrant options.
  • Potted Plants: A container herb garden with parsley and thyme, or orchids, miniature roses and ivy are pollen-free choices. Be mindful that indoor plants can be a source of mold – a common asthma trigger. To avoid mold growth, do not overwater plants, keep them in a sunny spot and remove any dead parts immediately. Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust.

Fragrance-free Gifts:
Perfume, cologne and scented body products may help your sweetie smell nice, but the chemicals in both can worsen asthma and allergy symptoms. They can cause wheezing, nausea and headaches. Consider fragrance-free gifts, such as:

  • Unscented Bath Products: Give your loved one a basket full of unscented soaps, bath salts, lotions and shampoo. They are just as luxurious as their scented counterparts, but should not cause asthma symptoms.
  • Unscented Candles: Candles create a romantic atmosphere, but their scent can trigger asthma. Use the flameless, electric candles instead. They come in many sizes and provide a lovely glow.
  • Fragrance-free Spa Gifts: Who doesn’t love a day at the spa? Before purchasing a spa service ask if a fragrance-free option is available, including unscented oils, candles and lotions.

Learn more by visiting the American Lung Association asthma trigger page.

Select a Smoke-free Restaurant:
Cigarette and cigar smoke can trigger an asthma episode, so choose a smoke-free restaurant for that cozy dinner for two. Second-hand smoke can easily travel from the smoking section into the non-smoking section, so try to avoid restaurants that offer smoking sections.

Avoid Fireplaces:

The smoke caused by wood burning fireplaces can be an asthma trigger. Choose a restaurant without a fireplace. If not, sit as far away from the roaring fire as possible.

Select an Allergy- and Asthma-friendly Hotel:

Planning an overnight stay? Some hotels offer rooms that minimize allergens. They may be furnished with hardwood floors instead of carpet, have shades instead of fabric drapes, and use hypoallergenic linens. When making reservations ask if your hotel can accommodate the following:

  • Non-smoking Property: Choose a hotel that is completely smoke-free. Cigarette and cigar smoke can travel through the heating and cooling systems into your room. If a smoke-free hotel is not available, stay in a non-smoking room on a non-smoking floor.
  • BYOB – Bring Your Own Bedding: If you use a special pillowcase or mattress covers to reduce dust mite exposure consider bringing them with you. Hypoallergenic “sleep sacks” are designed to use when staying in hotels to protect you from allergens, and can be purchased at stores that sell bedding.
  • Fragrance-Free Rooms: If strong odors trigger your asthma, ask for a hotel room without scented soaps, lotions or cleaning products. If you are a houseguest, ask your host not to burn candles or incense, or use air fresheners.
  • Firelight: Planning a romantic dinner in front of the fire? Instead of a fire try placing flameless candles in or around the fireplace for mood lighting.

Here are a few more ways you can show your loved one how much you care.

  • If you smoke, make a plan to quit. Visit Freedom From Smoking Online for information to help you, a friend or family member quit smoking.
  • Get a flu vaccine. One of the main causes of asthma episodes is a respiratory infection like the flu. It’s not too late to get a flu shot – find out more about the flu.
  • Create a support community. Even caregivers could use a little help at times. The My Fighting For Air Community is a free and simple way for people with lung disease and their families to receive support from a personally created community of their family, friends, neighbors and others who care about them. Join the American Lung Association’s Online Support Community to meet others caring for individuals with lung disease.
  • Be active together. Exercise is important for everyone, including people with asthma. Participating in physical activities can be more fun with the ones you love. Learn how people with asthma can stay in the game by downloading the Staying Active with Exercise-Induced Asthma Checklist and creating an exercise plan with your health care provider.
  • Manage emotions. Emotions can run high for everyone on Valentine’s Day. Stress, excitement, anger, crying, and even laughing really hard can trigger an asthma episode. Practice deep breathing to help reduce stress and excitement. Remember to eat healthy and get plenty of rest. Click here for the American Lung Association’s tips on how to manage stress.

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Source: www.lung.org

For more information on lung health call the American Lung Association
HelpLine at 1-800-586-4872

American Lung Association
1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004
T: 202 785 3355 | F: 202 452 1805


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Co-op Asthma, Allergy and Sensitivity

Joint Sensitivity

Do someone in your family or your friends got asthma or allergies? Then you got asthma and allergy as well.

Nuts!

She’s nuts you think? Well, you do not literally got asthma, allergy and sensitivity yourself if your better half, your children, aunt oncle friends a.s.o have it, but since your family member or friend have asthma, allergy and sensitivity then you should live like you have it yourself.

Clean out all that make your family member, relative or friend sick, throw away products that is bad for your them and replace them with allergy and asthma friendly products for all in the family to use. It benefits all family, and the person sensitive.

This way you help making your partner, relative, family member or friend being able to be healthier.

It is the best gift you can give.

This goes for all in the workplace, home and visitors.

Clean fresh air is the best you can give to your family, friends and collueges.


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Asthma and sex

Some people experience having an asthma attack while having sex. This happens mostly because of the exercise that sex is, but also the excitement that sex is and give can make you or your partner have an asthma attack. If the person have anxiety having sex that can also cause problems. Just as negative stress can cause problems with asthma, positive stimuli also can give the same outcome. Because sex can be an intense emotional experience, sex can lead to a significant production of stimuli that trigger an immune system response through production of mast cells and basophils.  This is known as sexercise induced asthma. Sexercised induced asthma and exercise induced asthma is not the same thing. The exercise itself may cause an attack and is not due to the emotional excitement. excercise induced asthma is more like when you go for a hard walk, or run, and you get asthma from that. What happens is that your airways get hyper from the exercise and the bronchi cramps, you start to cough and some even experiences very hard asthma. If the asthmatic person is sensitive to perfume and the partner use perfume and/or are a smoker that could make it worse.

Many people probably do not think about asthma and sex together until one affects the other. Sex is an important part of many of our lives and asthma has the potential to significantly impact it. Does asthma affect your sex life? What do you do about it?

If this happens you should talk to your doctor about it. Yes, it may feel a little embarrassing to talk about it but that is exactly what you should do. If you do not your doctor can not help you.

I just talked to a woman some days ago that had those problems, and I gave her the advise to tell her doctor. She thought it was embarrassing, but I told her that it is absolutely such things she should tell her doctor. After much problems and a visit to the emergency room, she got acute medicine, and also finally subscribed better and stronger medicine.

It is very important that you tell your doctor about all such episodes that give you problems with your asthma. If your doctor do not get the whole picture he or she can not give you the right medicine and the right dose. And the right medicine and right dose of medicine is extremely important to be able to live an as asthma problem free life as possible.

Some asthmatics may experience symptoms at the beginning of intimate contact that prevents completion of sex, while others may experience asthma symptoms 4 to 6 hours after sex.

If you know you have this problem during sex, it could be a good thing to take medicines before the act to prevent bad episodes, or at least help making them less bad. If you get problems from your asthma while having sex it can also be a sign that your asthma is poorly controlled and you need more treatment.

Related topics to asthma and sex:

  • More commonly occurring with females is to be allergic to the partners seminal fluid, that can cause allergic reactions from mild to severe, and asthma attack. This is however very rare. This allergy was recognized by the Dutch gyneacologist Specken in 1958. If you get symptoms having sex without condom, and when you do use condom have no allergy or asthma attacks this can be what causes it.
  • Condom use – Latex allergy or allergy to lubricant used on condoms or with condoms can cause allergic reactions and asthma attack. Known as condom induced asthma.

Source of specific medical terms: nic.in