I know Deb is dealing with this with her soon to be hubby but I am looking for information. As much as I can get. My sister has asthma. Has had it for many years. Adult onset. She was exposed for many years to black mold in army quarters and she went from allergies to severe asthma. Anywho now they are saying copd even though she has never ever smoked. Her breathing is awful even on the highest dose of meds they can give her. They checked her lung function and it was very very bad. He told her she has the lungs of an 80 year old. Thats pretty bad for a 50 year old. She does not take care of herself. Has pnuemonia 3 or 4 times a year. doesn't eat right, has way too many cats indoors. ect ect She also had some type of fever in arizona that related to fungus in the lungs so who knows what that did. She is now willing to think about some measures to help with this. She is going to see a pulmonary specialist now finally. I suggested she do some breathing " workouts". She mouth breathes all the time and in the winter this is heck on her lungs. She stays sick the entire winter. Anywho breathe through the nose and then release through the mouth. Doing it slowly of course. She can barely do it. I also suggested modifying her diet to a bit more of a clean diet and actually eating regular. Cut out her dairy to cut down on mucus. You guys have any more suggestions. I think her house needs a huge cleaning out, decluttering, de-cat hairing. I would say cleaning vents and such would not be a bad thing either. I already told her to toss all those sprays she loves so. I cannot go into her house at all without having an asthma attack. She loves all those scented things and has like 5 cats inside and quilts hanging on almost every wall. Its allergen heaven. Seriously its the only time other than when I am dead sick that I have to pull the inhaler out.( my dr insists I keep one on hand since I do get them rarely) i am freaking out just a little because I get brochitis all the time and have seasonal asthma flare ups. I'm on no regular meds thank goodness but I do alot of natural support to stay that way.( I really hope the worst is I carry that stupid inhaler around forever) Is this what I will face also? When she was my age hers was no worse than mine is now. Pretty scary. My huge dose of anxiety does not lend to me not stressing this one either.