@Carrottop50 That's really frustrating. I've run into issues where the insurance still denied coverage on a med even after the doc submitted the proper documentation. I'm currently fighting to get a nose spray covered. The one I want (had samples) works better than the others I've tried. Have you contacted the insurance company to ask if there is further documentation they need? What is the appeals process? Is there a patient advocate you can speak with? Has the doc considered trying the...
I want Beconase or Qnasl for my nose. I used Beconase CFC on and off from about 1975-2005 and it was always miracle. They discontinued it! Now they exclude it. It's a new trend I was reading that started about a year ago. You have to appeal for medical necessity, anyone done this successfully for INS (inhaled nasal steroids?) There is a lot of research saying untreated allergic rhinitis increases chance of hospital visit for asthma significantly.
I just bought several great mufflers/scarves so I can walk outside in cold weather without symptoms of cold weather affecting my lungs. I bought the Octr Mistral Skube, which is sold at ski shops. It is a light nylon tube that has elastic and a cord so it can tightened around the nose. It doesn't fall down like an ordinary scarf.
Hi Jeana - I hope your emergency medicine helped. Cold weather can be an asthma trigger . Dry and/or cold air is a trigger for airway narrowing (bronchoconstriction). One thing that helps is to wrap a scarf loosely around your mouth and nose. That helps warm the air before it gets to your lungs. We've actually been talking about this on the support forum - Managing your Asthma and Allergies in the Winter .
Hi, @Martha Anne ... the flu virus IS a sturdy thing. The CDC says that the flu virus can live on a solid surface for 24 hours , but it's also important to remember HOW the flu gets past our defenses. A big part of that is how often we touch our eyes, nose and mouth, and also how close we are to people. Frequent hand washing and avoiding touching anything "north of the chin" are what my doc recommends. I remembered exactly how hard that was this weekend when I attended a college tour this...
Great tips Ben! Especially practicing wearing the mask at home and build up to a longer duration. I've seen this suggested particularly for special needs kids with sensory issues. I'm finding that the fit of the mask is most important for me. It can't press on my nose and I need a mask that is more shaped and suck in against my face as I inhale.
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