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Q: Any advice for those with asthma?

I'm going to be living in Beijing starting in February and I'm a little worried about the pollution. I have moderate asthma and wanted to know what steps to take when I get there. Should I buy air purifiers in my apartment? If so, how much do they go for?

Also, are masks effective? What are the best kind?

Any help would be appreciated.

10 years 31 weeks ago in  Health & Safety - Beijing

 
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Air pollution in Beijing is well known, but more important is what triggers your asthma attacks?  You should have a good idea what it does.  If it is pollution in the air, you will be living in the wrong city probably.  But you will not know until you get here.

I will bring with me about a year's supply of whatever medicines you use, make sure the expiration dates are good.  Once you get here, see how it affects you, and then decide about air purifiers, masks and wahtever else is necessary.

Here you can find the small pumps to place in your mouth and squeeze a shot of medicine in your lungs, they go from 80 to 120 Rmb depending on company making them and size.  They also gave a few different types of pills that do expand your bronquial passages, also cheap, maybe 60 Rmb per 100 pill bottle.   And of course, some of the herbs mixtures to make tea.

I have never used a face mask, in my mind air pollution particles are smaller in size and can go thru the mask, but it is only my thought, I have not confirmed that.

I had asthma in my youth.  In my travels to China, I never had an attack here, and have lived here almost two years now, with the same results.  But I do live a lot further South, in Guangxi Province.

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My family has a history of asthma, my twin brother has had it for years but I have never had the condition.......until two months ago. Now, I too, use the puffer (small pump). It's not expensive and it has been a life saver for me. Certainly has been the difference in me having a good night's sleep.  Get to a good doctor that specializes in asthma and the like. Not a regular doc. He'll simply hook you up to "the drip."

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