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Posted by Miguel ( on March 01, 2000 at 07:48:17:

In Reply to: Clusters. posted by Tracy - Nwe Poster, Surrey, England on February 29, 2000 at 16:39:14:

Unfortunately, welcome here Tracy.

About your asthma condition. It depends which
drug you take. Asthma drugs work by relaxing
the smooth mucles in the airways. These may have
the same effect in vascualture, which may agravate
your CH. However, you may not have a choice but
to take them.

Non-prescription drugs work fine for some. They
do the trick for me most times
(4 ibuprofen, 200 mg ea. + 1 Actifed,
30 mg pseudoephedrine and 3 mg tripolidine ea.).
Also, caffeine helps rather quickly, as found in
coffee, pepsi, or other carbonated soft drinks.
I take as soon as I feel a CH will hit me.
I reserve the recently acquired prescriptions for
the worst cases (amerge).

In looking for things that may "trigger" your CH,
keeping a diary will help. You may keep it as
simple as you want, or as detailed as you feel
necessary to determine what contributes to
getting them. We all get them, some worse than
others. However, there are certain things that
may precipitate them much quicker, stronger, or
for longer, thus is good to know what those things
might be. For me, for instance: perfumes, strong
chemical odors, particularly chlorine, volatile
nitrosamines, nitrogen-based compounds (as found in
fertilizers), acetic acid (vinegar, or as found in
silicon sealants), alcoholic beverages of any kind,
cigarettes, insectides among many others
contribute to the attacks.

I hope that the above helps :)


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