- Join Date:
- Jun 2007
I regularly trek in Nepal and Ladakh. Last summer I got up to 6000 metres in indifferent but not cold weather. Last winter in Nepal when the ambient temperature was freezing/0 degrees and the wind chill a lot worse, i couldnt get above 4000 metres without my air passages constricting with asthma symptoms. i dont get asthma otherwise unless its really cold in the UK. Its not dangerous but its irritating - winter is a good time to trek.
I am not so dumb as to ask for medical advice on a website but can folks post "This works for me , " type advice?
I have tried a standard airpump nebuliser - doesnt work - although some people suggest over dosing on it - and the buff or facemask over my mouth and nose trick means I cant get enough air in to beathe well going uphill - so i cant trek.......
Anyone tried the altimate mask?
i was wondering if it would work on daytime ascents.
All anecdotes gratefully received
How did you narrow it down to asthama? I start to get out of breath somewhere between 3500 - 4000 meters even without asthama
However since the trigger is the cold air in your case and it is still there in high altitude settings, your spasm may come back or never go away. What if you add steroid inhalers to bronchodilators, would this combination provide a longer relief? You have to try it out and see for yourself. This combination helps some people with allergic bronchitis, hence the suggestion.If you can challenge your lungs this winter and should you become symptomatic then you should try the combination as a trial.
- Join Date:
- Jun 2007
i figured that if thealtimatemask works as a mask in warming the inflowing air it might alleviate the condition. When I wear a buff it warms the air, just fine, the problem is that reduced the inflow which made me pant harder which negates that benefit.
"How did you narrow it down to asthama? I start to get out of breath somewhere between 3500 - 4000 meters even without asthama" -easy - as a regular trekker - I am a connoisseur of wheezing.....
Will check the steroid inhalers/bronchodilators with my Doc
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