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So. This is the first time I have posted here. I just found this board tonight. This site is huge!!

Here is my question.

I have trouble breathing in humidity and I am absolutely , positively fed up with it and desperate for answers/solutions.

I live in Maine; we don't get too much heat or humidity here as a general rule. Four years ago I went to college in Baltimore, which does have very high humidity. I found I had a lot of trouble breathing in the humidity there. This was especially true the last two years more than the first two .

The last year I was there, it was humid for the first six weeks of the semester. I had never been in humidity for more
than a few days at a time before that. It was awful - I couldn't walk into town to get anything at the store, I couldn't enjoy
being outside. After walking from my dorm to the library, about 7-8 minutes, I felt like I would faint before I got there.

Long story short, I'm finally home in Maine and was looking forward to an escape from humidity. But, for the first time I
can ever remember, we have had quite humid conditions nearly every day for the past month - and we don't even have
air conditioning, this being Maine (also our windows will not fit ACs otherwise we would get them). I am at about the
end of my rope in dealing with this. I feel so awful every day, the air is so thick, I can't breathe it, I am so sick of this.

Let me try to describe some of my symptoms to see if anyone has an idea of what is going on.

Some people have suggested asthma but I don't think it's asthma, because I don't gasp for breath, wheeze or
cough. But I feel an incredible pressure on my chest. It is exactly like if someone were sittng on my chest. I have trouble taking in
a full breath. It hurts a little bit in my back in the same place it did when my lung collapsed eight years ago. I feel out of it
and my thinking becomes foggy. I can't focus on anything, or can but with great difficulty. Things start hurting much more easily.
I just feel really sick.

Some people have suggested it is in my head or symptoms of anxiety, but I disagree, because I feel it the SECOND
I get outside in humid conditions, or even if the window is opened and the humid air comes in. It goes away almost
completely once I am in air conditioning.

I was premature as an infant and spent three months on a respirator; I had a spontaneous lung collapse about eight
years ago. I have not had any other asthma or breathing related problems besides this and am in general good health.

Any ideas, does anyone else experience anything similar in humid conditions?

I also have sensory issues, sensory integration problems, not sure if that makes a difference or not.

Thanks so much

Kate
Hey there :)

I actually do understand this, but don't get it very often...at its most obvious for me is in a steam room where as soon as I walk in, I have to cough like when I breathe in, it "sticks" and it's like a film of fluid is trying to get into my lungs, which I guess it sort of is if the humidity is enough.

I've never really lived in very high humidity places, though originally I'm from a cold climate in Melbourne, Australia and I now live in a sub-tropical climate but it's not very humid, ALTHOUGH when I used to come up here for holidays each year, when I'd step off the plane (into an outside walkway, it's a small airport LOL) I'd basically be hit with this wall of heat and humidity and moist air which I did find made me VERY lethargic and hard of breathing for a while until I got used to it.

Not sure why this is...not everyone gets it I think...I do have very mild asthma apart from this, so...I don't know if that's related though...
I just got back from a cruise in the carribean and had the same problem. The moment i got off the the nice air-conditioned ship, i felt an cloud of anxiety fall over me due to the humidity.I felt like i would not be able to breathe soon
and rushed right back onto the ship. I could not walk onto the various islands because of this. I would walk and hope for a breeze of some sort to alleviate this anxiety, but it never came. I never experienced this problem before, even in the prior weeks in Birmingham Al. or Orlando Fl. where it was not quite as humid as the carribean. i think it is all in my head, but dont know what it is or how to fix it.

It just feels like a blanket of very dense humidity is covering and suffocating you. Kinda the same feeling as being in a tight mri tube or in a dense crowd of people in a small room with no air circulation.

--signed
confused.
OMG! I am having the exact same symptoms you are. I live in a very humid state, GA. Everytime I'm outside or in the car, or taking a shower, the humid air makes it hard for me to breathe. The first time it happened, I panicked and hyperventillated. Since my family didn't know what was happening, they called 911. The EMTs and doctors acted as if it was all in my head, that I just had a panic attack, even though I have insisted that I was not upset or stressed or unhappy at all. The only time I panicked was when I couldn't breathe good and it scared me. I went to my general practitioner and he also acted as thought I was just mental or something. If anyone knows what this is, please let me know. Its so difficult to deal with.





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