Asthma and The Root Cause

24 May

This isn’t a post on “running” per se, but it’s still important to update my health status. Tomorrow, I was supposed to run the Brentwood 5k, but I am going to pull out. I will run my next 5k in Salt Lake City in June…yes that’s right, I’m coming home!

Here’s what happened:

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been coughing up a lung. It’s been non-stop particularly at night, so last night I went to the Kaiser Hospital (again) and got myself checked out.

First, I spent about 30 minutes on a nebulizer to help open up my airways a bit. I felt much better after this. Then, after an examination and x-rays, the docs determined that my asthma is caused by “chronic allergic rhinitis”, which I’m told is a fancy term for hayfever. Allergies. That’s what all this asthmatic nonsense has come to.

Last night, I had internet access, so I did a bit of research. I found out that about 80% of asthma cases are related to allergies. 80%! I don’t know how accurate this report it, but it sounded somewhat official.

In any case, I’m now undergoing a treatment of Prednisone (steroid), Flonase (steroid), Sudafed PE (otc), and Sinus Rinse (otc). Please check out Sinus Rinse. This is a really cool product and ANYONE can use it, regardless of your sinus issues. It’s a great way to clear out your sinuses.

I should be done coughing in no time, and back on my feet. Until then, I need to find something that can occupy my sick time. Any suggestions?

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