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morning congestion?

 Every morning lately I wake up with a stuffy nose and a dry cough that takes a few hours to go away. This is a problem because I like to run/bike in the morning, and I have asthma, so the irritation + cold air + asthma makes it pretty unpleasant and I've been skipping these morning workouts a lot. Does anyone have any ideas of things I can do to lessen this morning congestion? Or asthma in general--I HATE using my inhaler so much.

Things that might be relevant:

I have an air purifier in my room. But I live in an old, rundown Baltimore row house with four other people. The house is NOT in good condition. The landlord just replaced our windows with lead free windows (I think?). He doesn't do much to fix the many things that need fixing because he lives in Thailand. Also, this is Baltimore--we try really hard to keep our house rodent free, but it's not easy. 

There is a radiator in my room--which used to be two rooms that have since been divided. It's obvious that the radiator is meant for both, since when it's on my tiny bedroom gets HOT. 

I eat pretty well--not always HEALTHY but I try really hard to avoid chemicals and preservatives. I eat kid's gummy multivitamins. 

I'm allergic to nuts, cats, and probably mold. 

thanks for any advice! 


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uozlulu
Dec. 4th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
Have you changed your air filter recently? My brother had that problem as a baby so we had to change ours pretty often.
back_track
Dec. 4th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
It doesn't have filters.
uozlulu
Dec. 4th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Have you gone looking for mold then? Or regularly dust? Also if you don't have an air vent system, have you tried a fan to circulate air to keep it from getting stagnet?
mynamesjonas
Dec. 4th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
I get the same thing in the (crappy) uni housing i've been living in for the past 4.5 years... Sounds to me like it might get overly dry from the radiators during the night? Try leaving a bowl of water out on a desk or shelf, or draping a wet towel over the radiator. Voila, cheap humidifyer!
back_track
Dec. 4th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
great idea, thanks!
ihasstopwatch
Dec. 4th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
What kind of air purifier do you use? I've found that HEPA purifiers actually don't do nearly as much good as they're supposed to. The kind that have the metal collection grid inside work wonders and they're a lot quieter too.

As far as helping the morning congestion, have you tried using something like Airborne? I know it says on the packaging that it's more for cold symptoms, but when I'm having a really bad allergy/asthma day or if I'm planning on being around a lot of people, Airborne really helps.
back_track
Dec. 4th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
I have some UV type filter from home depot? I bought it over the summer and I've forgotten what kind it is. I don't think it has filters. I'll try getting another one.

thanks for the help!
jblaque
Dec. 4th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
Sounds to me like you need a really good steam humidifier, at least during the wintertime. Those old radiators are murder on moisture.
emalinebeachbum
Dec. 4th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
do you have acid reflux? it can often cause those symptoms particularly if you lay flat at night and/or eat right before you go to bed.
vertebrae
Dec. 4th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
Neti pot time!
happyfrogg
Dec. 4th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
+1!
uglyvalentine
Dec. 4th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
seconded!
artzygurl
Dec. 4th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
yay for crappy run down baltimore row houses! I'm in Bolton Hill right now =P

I've had a similar problem, mine was more that my throat was REALLY dry in the morning. I've been filling teacups with water and leaving them on my radiator (since i don't have a humidifier and i'm too cheap to buy one) and that seems to have helped.

back_track
Dec. 4th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
hey neighbor! i'm up in oakenshawe/waverly/charles village (the corner of them all.)

how do you like bolton hill? i've got to move out of my place this summer and i'm trying to decide if i should stay in this neighborhood or move somewhere else.
artzygurl
Dec. 5th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Its alright. my main issue with the area is the safety, but I'm a college student and we are targeted way more than anyone else around here. I personally would rather be living in Mt Vernon, but thats because there's more over there (bolton hill is mostly residential) and I don't have a car, so walking distance is totally a plus.

What do you think about your corner, out of curiosity?
back_track
Dec. 5th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Well, safety's a concern up here too--Oakenshawe, which is where I live according to the Parking Authority (and they can take my car, so they are the authority), is pretty safe. Waverly--not so much. I've walked there by myself during the day, perhaps recklessly, but I wouldn't go on my own at night. Upper Charles Village is very much patrolled by Hopkins security. (There's even a van that parks outside my house sometimes.) Lower Charles Village is the most dangerous I think.

I mean, everything's relative. My car's been broken into twice; everyone I know who has a car has had it broken into. At this point, I don't leave anything of value in there, and I have insurance that pays for broken glass. I definitely am cautious--I sleep on friends couches a lot--but in general I feel that if you're careful, you'll be okay.

As for everything else, there isn't a whole lot here. We've got the new Barnes and Nobles/Starbucks/Chipotle/Coldstone explosion, and there are a few really awesome places--Normals Books, Thai Restaurant...but generally it's more of a residential neighborhood. I sometimes would rather live in Federal Hill, where I work...but then I think about living within a mile of Mad River/MaGerk's and want to cry, haha. I go out in Mt. Vernon a lot--Brewer's Art!

Oh well. I love Baltimore, and I love my little corner a lot--minus obnoxious Hopkins students. (I am one, but still.) And it's not wonderfully safe anywhere--the only thing I really, really stress about is my bicycle. (But at least carrying like, twenty pounds of lock is good strength training.)

By the way, I've always been jealous of MICA buildings. (I'm assuming that's where you go to school, because of Bolton Hill + username).
back_track
Dec. 5th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
p.s. Baltimore IS much nicer when you have a car :D


okay time to stop rambling. and go to brewer's art, because thursday is for drinking!
f1ymetothemoon
Dec. 4th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
Try changing your pillow. They can gather a couple of *pounds* of dust mites in a year's time, and that's a definite allergen.
rainbow
Dec. 4th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
A few ideas:

Have you checked the walls and windows for mold? Is are your bed or pillows touching any outside walls where they might get damp and moldy?

Do you wash all your bedding (including pillows and mattress protectors) regularly in extra hot water to keep the dust mite population down? (I find putting some orange or lemon essential oil in the wash with the pillows and blankets to be very helpful.)

Is the air inyour room too dry? If so, hanging your clothes to dry in it or putting a bowl of water on the radiator can help keep the air moist.
erinkathleen
Dec. 4th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Eucalyptus essential oil kills dust mites, also - I've read 25 drops in a full load of laundry, which sounds like a lot, but it evidently works.
_appassionata_
Dec. 4th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
Could be your pillow, blankets, or sheets. Maybe they need a good washing, or maybe you are allergic to some material in them.
4jinx_removing
Dec. 4th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
If you have allergies, you could be allergic or sensitive to dairy. I have the same group of allergies you mentioned above and a dairy thing as well. It didn't actually get bad until I was in my twenties and is worse in winter. You might try avoiding it and see if it helps your congestion problem. Sometimes even if you're not allergic to it, it can contribute to congestion.
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