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furniture protector spray & asthma - advice pls!
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Author:  lin101 [ Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:36 am ]
Post subject:  furniture protector spray & asthma - advice pls!

Hi everyone,

I've had asthma my whole life but it has always been controlled. Yesterday my partner and I were spraying our new furniture with Scotch Guard-like stuff (we bought from the Brick and paid for the care plan, didn't realize we'd be applying it ourselves)! We opened all the doors and windows, etc. but shortly after spraying (for around 10-15 min)I found myself really short of breath.

My symptoms look like this: whenever I try to breathe very deeply, I cough. Once I start coughing, it's difficult to stop. Even if I hold it in, my chest still does this spasm sort of thing. I can carry on a conversation normally and feel generally okay when I'm just sitting and resting (away from the furniture) but I'm just wondering what I can do about this? I've maxed out and then some on my asthma meds yesterday (2 puffs Advair 500, one singular tablet, plus 4 Ventolin puffs), and suspect today will be the same.

I guess I'm wondering - for those who have had reactions based on sprays or strong odours before, does this fade on its own? How long could it take? Is there something I should be doing? We're keeping all the doors and windows open again today. I did take a Benadryl yesterday just in case it was an allergic reaction, and it didn't seem to help.

Thanks in advance!!

Author:  _Susan_ [ Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:37 am ]
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I've maxed out and then some on my asthma meds yesterday (2 puffs Advair 500, one singular tablet, plus 4 Ventolin puffs), and suspect today will be the same.

So what does your action plan say?
Yellow Level-Caution
· Symptoms with activity or at night Problem beginning
· Symptoms settle well with use of reliever Increase medicine at the earliest sign
· Reliever used up to four times per day Use until better
· Cold symptoms
If reliever is needed every 4 hours, see your doctor or go to emergency
See your doctor if asthma symptoms are not improving in a few days

Red Level-DANGER
Breathing is difficultRepeated wheezing at rest (<60% personal best)
Difficulty walking and/or talking
Lips and/or fingernails are blue or gray
Skin sucked in at neck, between ribs or around collarbone with each breath
Reliever does not help in 10 minutes (or is needed in less than 3 hour)

If you're unsure, the phone number for the Alberta Lung Association is 1-888-566-LUNG (5864)

I hope you feel well soon and next time wear a mask. :)

Author:  lin101 [ Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:01 am ]
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Thanks for this, Susan. I think I'm the in the yellow stage, which is strange for me! I will definitely wear a mask next time, although frankly, I hope there never IS a next time. One more question - do you think my lungs are just irritated? Like is it something that just needs to work itself out over a few days, or is there something I should be doing in addition to upping my medication?

Thanks sooo much for your help, I really appreciate it.

Author:  _Susan_ [ Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:36 pm ]
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See your doctor if asthma symptoms are not improving in a few days

Not a Dr here but, you might have aggravated your lungs. What is a few days? 3-4?
I would call my Dr. if it hasn't cleared up after 4 days or if it gets worse.

Author:  gwentheeditor [ Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:48 pm ]
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I second the advice to see a doctor if it keeps up.

Re a next time .... We're starting to write more and more on the Healthy Home in Allergic Living mag.

All the advice from experts leans to fewer irritating chemicals, and watching out for off-gassing of furniture, cabinets, etc.

Knowing that you're obviously sensitive to this particular spray, I'd either look for a spray that advertises that it is made to be less irritating or I'd consider living with the risk of spills and cleaning.

Author:  _Susan_ [ Fri Aug 24, 2007 10:05 pm ]
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Leather sofas wipe clean easliy so long as:
1. You're OK with animal products
2. You don't have a cat
3. You can afford it
Otherwise slip covers are an option

Author:  lin101 [ Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:25 pm ]
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Thanks, everyone. I'm just now feeling back to normal - yesterday was my first day back to my usual daily meds without needing the increase. Scary, though - now I'm really aware of spraying things around myself, like Tilex after a shower or cleaning sprays. It did seem to just sort of linger, though it got increasingly better each day after the first day or so. I've always been on daily meds but have never had to limit activities (exercise, etc.) so to feel so out of breath that standing over a stove to prepare dinner was too much to handle was really a red flag that I need to be more careful from now on.

I'm just really grateful that we sprayed the couches first - we were given a second bottle of the same spray to do our mattress! Can you imagine?! Of course, you couldn't pay me to spray that stuff again! Thanks again for all the advice.

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