My name is Nick; I am a 24-year-old male with severe asthma. I was diagnosed when I was 3 months old. When I turned 15 years of age, my asthma seemed to have disappeared. However, around the age of 20 my asthma has started coming back. It is also getting much worse then what it used to be and back in May of 2016, I was intubated and was in the ICU for about a week. Since then I have five more attacks that I was close to being intubated but was able to recover with the help from the ER. I have never figured out what my trigger is and have done some work, I need some assistance to try, and figure out what is triggering my asthma. Details are below.
Apo-Mometasone (Allergies and Post Nasal Drip)
Hypoallergenic bedding with asthma approval
Vacuum 2-3 times weekly
Dust 2-3 weekly
Wear a respirator when cleaning
Removed Milk and Pop from diet
Regular workout (I do not have any issues while being active)
Steam Shower Nightly (This is recent but has been helping immensely)
Air purifiers (Home and Work)
Removed all scents (cologne, soaps, air fresheners, etc.)
Wash my Cats frequently (They love water anyway)
Removed all water damage and mold (Remolded house when I moved in)
Smokeless Environment (Not near anyone who smokes and the few who do are not allowed to do in my car or in my house)
Wear heavy jackets and use a scarf over mouth when it is cold
Cats are not allowed in my room
I am not allergic to my cats however, I still take precautions.
I have been averaging on 4-5 attacks a year and I have issues where I need to use my rescue inhaler frequently. I have never had an attack on a weekend and about 80% of the time the issue occurs at work. Leaving work, it gets better within 30min with the help of rescue inhalers.
One more note is when I was younger it was always called asthmatic croup. My last visit to the hospital the doctor noted that my asthma presented a lot like croup still. Which should not be possible due to my age. He also noted that my upper airways are also closing.
If any more details are needed please let me know.