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Severe Asthma with a bad chest cold

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 18, 2006
  • 01:37 PM

My husband has sever asthma and is frequently hospitalized for it. He has a bad chest cold now and we cant afford to go to the doctor unless absolutely necissary. What can I do to treat him better at home?

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  • in this case you are strongly recommended to go see a doctor or move to canada where health care is more affordable.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sorry, asthma is a serious illness that is not very well treated with "home remedies"...does your husband smoke? If so, then quitting will certainly help...try to eliminate triggers in your home such as smoke, dust, perfumes/chemicals, and look into his diet and see if there are certain foods which can trigger symptoms (diary/soy/wheat/sugar for example) Please look into a treatment called NAET. Or find a certified acupuncturist to help him. NAET has virtually eliminated my asthma...please look into it it is well worth the money spent. NAET is an excellent complimentary treatment in addition to his Western treatments. But please don't just wish this away - asthma is serious and should not be ignored. IME acupuncture and NAET have been very helpful and often are less expensive treatments in the long run. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • To the person who recommended moving to Canada: Sure the health care is free, but people with cancer wait six months and even longer for treatment! If they want to LIVE they come the the US! Don't be so persuaded by "universal health care". If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it's free!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2007
    • 00:54 PM
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  • To the person who recommended moving to Canada: Sure the health care is free, but people with cancer wait six months and even longer for treatment! If they want to LIVE they come the the US! Don't be so persuaded by "universal health care". If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it's free!If that isn't the most "rhetorical" response about universal health care that I've ever heard. I live in the U.S. work everyday has private insurance and still had to wait 3 months before I could be seen by a doctor regarding a cyst in my breast! I could have been dead by now thank Gawd it was a benign cyst! I don't think over 100million Canadians would be THRIVING and glad they're not living under US healthcare if that were true to begin with...lol anyways....I have asthma. The best treatment is PREVENTION LIKE the other forum member suggested....eliminating as many "triggers" as possible. I wear a paper face mask at work due to large volumes of paper dust (recording mortgages at county). No cats, no dogs ( I can tolerate a small bird, but don't have one currently). I've been hospitalized TWICE in the 13 years I've contracted the disease through SMOKING and fierce allergies.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2007
    • 10:40 AM
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  • Asmanex is a new preventive med currently available. I inhale this fine powder once per day everyday. My doc recommended this med thisthis past summer (2007). I haven't used my albuterol inhaler since I startedtaking the Asmanex. It costs me $45 per month under my current healthcareplan.I just got over a very bad chest cold (from 12/3 - 12/10/07).It aggravated my asthma symptoms pretty bad. I'm notmoving air too well thru my left lung, but my peak airflowis currently 350. (which is my green zone) so I won't be overlyconcerned unless my airflow dips under 300.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2007
    • 10:49 AM
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  • Please read www.circle-of-life.net/FBatmangehelidjMD.html and use it additionally to other treatment. Water and salt is cheap and it works. My mom is prone to moderate asthma.
    Curly Stooge 319 Replies Flag this Response
  • To the person who recommended moving to Canada: Sure the health care is free, but people with cancer wait six months and even longer for treatment! If they want to LIVE they come the the US! Don't be so persuaded by "universal health care". If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it's free!I do recommend moving to Canada. When I'm sick I can go to the doctor and not have to worry about whether or not I can afford it. If I think something is terribly wrong, I can go to the ER and not have to worry about taking out a second mortgage on my home. The wait times for treatment is surgery is longer IF the person is not dying. The prioritize cases, it's called triage, so that that the more ill you are, the sooner you get to see a specialist. I saw a specialist within a week of them finding a tumour that they weren't sure was cancer, my surgery was for the next week after that. The six month myth is mostly promoted by insurance companies and others in the US who would have a lot to lose if the health care system ever changed to something like we have in Canada. If you are very ill and have cancer, they don't make you wait for six months. I suppose the insurance companies in the US who deny cancer patients the drugs that could save their lives is a much better plan? I'm pretty sure the statistics speak for themselves. I've never heard of a Canadian dying while sitting outside of a hospital because they couldn't afford to go to the ER. With the HMO's in the US, people can and do have wait times. The people in Canada that would go to the US for treatment are the wealthy people, us regular folk can't dish out a few hundred grand for a surgery. Our system isn't perfect, but the US system is far from superior, thank you very much.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2009
    • 06:04 AM
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  • I do recommend moving to Canada. When I'm sick I can go to the doctor and not have to worry about whether or not I can afford it. If I think something is terribly wrong, I can go to the ER and not have to worry about taking out a second mortgage on my home. The wait times for treatment is surgery is longer IF the person is not dying. The prioritize cases, it's called triage, so that that the more ill you are, the sooner you get to see a specialist. I saw a specialist within a week of them finding a tumour that they weren't sure was cancer, my surgery was for the next week after that. The six month myth is mostly promoted by insurance companies and others in the US who would have a lot to lose if the health care system ever changed to something like we have in Canada. If you are very ill and have cancer, they don't make you wait for six months. I suppose the insurance companies in the US who deny cancer patients the drugs that could save their lives is a much better plan? I'm pretty sure the statistics speak for themselves. I've never heard of a Canadian dying while sitting outside of a hospital because they couldn't afford to go to the ER. With the HMO's in the US, people can and do have wait times. The people in Canada that would go to the US for treatment are the wealthy people, us regular folk can't dish out a few hundred grand for a surgery. Our system isn't perfect, but the US system is far from superior, thank you very much. Amen to that!DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 19, 2009
    • 02:13 AM
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  • To the person who recommended moving to Canada: Sure the health care is free, but people with cancer wait six months and even longer for treatment! If they want to LIVE they come the the US! Don't be so persuaded by "universal health care". If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it's free!Seriously thats bull.... People in Canada that have cancer start there treatments ASAP people with elecetive or non life threating illnesses wait. People who are against universal health care are stupid and uneducated. I couldnt imagine having an asthma attack and not being able to go the hospital because i cant afford the bill...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 6, 2009
    • 10:36 PM
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  • To the person who recommended moving to Canada: Sure the health care is free, but people with cancer wait six months and even longer for treatment! If they want to LIVE they come the the US! Don't be so persuaded by "universal health care". If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it's free!What a stupid and completely unresearched response this was. As a Canadian who has survived cancer, my treatment was completed within one year of my initial visit with my GP. Perhaps you should educate yourself with facts and not hearesy before making glib statements such as this in response to someone's suffering.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 16, 2010
    • 05:54 PM
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  • Okay you people are crazy and need to answer her question! If she can't afford to go to the doctor how's she going to move to canada?? Seriously grow up. I am 15 and have better sense than you people. I have had asthma all my life and i still don't know the answer to your question ma'am. I just caught a cold and am now afraid that i will end up in the hospital for it..like i did the past two times. But the last time i was in the hospital, they gave me a 1 hour long breathing treatment and it was fixed along with antibiotics and plenty of liquid. I wish ur husband luck.
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