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Flare Up -

Flare Up -

Hot summers and humidity hear in Durban, South Africa right now.
I use my inhalers like I should so this came as a shoke to me, scary. On Monday my chest felt so tight and I was battling to breath it has since cooled down a little from the rain we have had so today it much better but still braethless. I also have chronic sinus and with change in seasons the last two weeks have been terrible with that. Could this have triggered off "Flare up"

Thank you in advance.

A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

Lyn, flares are not completely consistent and a lot of it depends on how quickly you catch it. If you catch it quickly and start antibiotics and prednisone immediately, some folks can get over it with little change in anything. If you don't then you can find yourself in the hospital or worse, in the ICU. It's a good thing you caught the sinus thing quickly, because that can go south and morph into an exacerbation (or flare, same thing) if you're unlucky. Anything in the respiratory system needs to be taken seriously.

posted 8 months ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

Thanks all. Went to see the doctor sinusitis was the diagnosis, have antibiotic and some more meds. I think I panicked a little so it is nice to know that there are good people out there. Thank you again. Have a fantastic day/evening.

posted 8 months ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

Hi Lyn. It's good to hear that you are regular with your meds. I also try to make sure I space each med out for maximum effect during the day. But I also find the changing season(s) to be a time of great caution too. As the weather changes ( for the better? ) we tend to let our guard down and slack up on the meds. Even slight changes to the weather can also make for a rough day after an enjoyable one just the day before. But there are many parts to our local weather outlook other than temperature and moisture content. A slight change in these can throw the others off as well, sometimes in a major way. For example, I did not have any sinus problems before COPD, but now find a clogged nose makes all the difference in breathing easier.
To help out, I use apps to track other air quality measures (like pollution), along with barometric pressure changes throughout the day. I see a big relationship between pressures (often called "fronts" on the newscast) and our Breathing. These apps help me plan how (or IF) to venture out on any given day based on the knowns. Of course, our comfort and success is judged by how well we deal with the unknowns when they occur without warning.
FYI, after having several "flare-ups", I do not associate them within anything related to weather. Mine are always concomitant to an infection of some kind, against which we stay on guard.
Feel free to circle back if you need more info. Take care.

edited, originally posted 8 months ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

You're welcome Lyn. 😏Forgot about the time difference across the Ocean. Actually end of a long day for me. Hope yours is off to a good start with a positive consultation later.
FYI, the Plain saline (and sometimes Medicated) nasal sprays come in handy to keep things open during seasonal changes. But keep your Doc guessing on how you got up to Speed about your symptoms since your last visit. 🤔🤔
All the best.

edited, originally posted 8 months ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

Good morning Roland,

Thank you for the info it makes a lot of sense, especially regarding the flare up, My sinus's have been playing up for about 2 weeks now
been putting of going to the doctor but I have made an appointment for today.

Thank you again.

posted 8 months ago
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