Over 60 and Having a Hard Time Breathing
May Be Asthma
They say 60 is the new 40’s. Ok,
so why do many people over the age of 60 have a harder time catching their
breath. One thought is they may have undiagnosed asthma. In many cases it
goes undiagnosed and untreated with older patients.
When we had our service company we did work for a lot of retired and elderly
people. During the conversation many would tell me that they just didn’t
have the pep in their step as they did a year or two ago. They felt tired
all the time, had a hard time breathing after a short walk and that cough
would just not go away. I would ask what the doctor told them and in most
cases they said they had not gotten with them about. Thought is was just
part of getting old.
One of the things I noticed is many of the ones that said they were tired
all the time is that the house looked like they did not spend as much time
housecleaning. When people don’t feel good the last thing they want to do is
dust and vacuum. The problem is, if they are suffering from allergies or
undiagnosed asthma then having an allergen filled home will only make
matters worse. Dirty carpeting, dusty furniture, un-encased mattresses and
high humidity are all things that increase the level of unhealthy allergens
and can lead to allergy and asthma attacks.
In other homes that had a cleaning service, they used so much bleach and air
fresheners it was hard to stay in the house. Using the wrong or too much of
a cleaning product can cause some very serious problems for people. We have
customers that have ended up in the hospital because the cleaning company
used too much bleach in the shower.
Bottom line is you need to talk to your doctor. If you are having a hard
time breathing, coughing or wheezing tell them you would like to be
evaluated for asthma. They may have to give you a referral but it’s worth it
to find out what is going on.
After all don’t you want to feel like you were 40 again.