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Offline Daegus

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Has anyone ever had bronchitis?
« on: September 10, 2012, 04:04:06 PM »
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  • 2 weeks before starting college I was coming down with something bad. I was waking up every single night very sweaty and I was congested, tired and coughing up gooey yellowish-green phlegm constantly throughout the day. I went to the doctor and it turns out I had bronchitis. So Amoxicillin trihydrate was prescribed to me for 10 days 3 times per day.. After taking it I feel much better although I don't seem to be rid of this problem just yet.

    I still have plenty of phlegm to cough up, though nowhere near as much as I used to and now the doctor's prescribed me Biaxin because Amox didn't appear to be strong enough. I don't even like the idea of taking drugs to fix problems but if this is a bacterial problem then there really isn't anything else I can do.  

    Any tips for getting over this? I've decided to eat lots of yogurt to help.
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    Has anyone ever had bronchitis?
    « Reply #1 on: September 10, 2012, 04:08:11 PM »
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  • If it doesn't improve demand they do a sputum culture.


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    « Reply #2 on: September 10, 2012, 04:09:27 PM »
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  • It's been going around.

    Yeah, you get influenza and a fever then you have a cough that persists for many days afterwards.

    I'm still getting over my cough.

    Get the codeine cough syrup, just be aware in the US anyway they make you wait too long between refills.  The recommended dose for me is insufficient.

    The doctor gave something called Dulera to help take care of the cough.

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    Has anyone ever had bronchitis?
    « Reply #3 on: September 10, 2012, 04:11:17 PM »
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  • Quote from: Tiffany
    If it doesn't improve demand they do a sputum culture.


    I should get to doing that. I've been wondering why the hell they just keep putting that cold stethoscope on my back and telling me I have this but not making me do a test of my phlegm.
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    Has anyone ever had bronchitis?
    « Reply #4 on: September 10, 2012, 04:13:46 PM »
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    If it doesn't improve demand they do a sputum culture.


    I should get to doing that. I've been wondering why the hell they just keep putting that cold stethoscope on my back and telling me I have this but not making me do a test of my phlegm.


    Because it won't make a difference in getting better.

    I was sent to the doctor three times because my cough, finally they made me get a chest X-ray, which of course was clear.

    You just have to wait for the inflammation to go down.  They might give you prednisone, or an inhaler (which is more effective and less harmful)


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    « Reply #5 on: September 10, 2012, 04:33:33 PM »
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  • What's with all the respiratory infections?  My daughter just got over a cough infection called croup, which was awful.  It sounded so bad I thought she had whooping cough.

    Using a warm mist vaporizer helped at night, and probably would for adults too.

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    Has anyone ever had bronchitis?
    « Reply #6 on: September 10, 2012, 05:44:41 PM »
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  • We always take an expoectorant during the day and a cough suppressant at night. Taking an expectorant that thins the secretions will help clear the chest without making you cough too, too much. After all with inflamed bronchial tubes it isn't good to cough a lot. In US Mucinex is the brand we take but any expectorant (like Robitussin) will help. Since you are taking an antibiotic it is good to take acidophilus (not at the same meal with the antibiotic) but you should avoid dairy since it causes more mucus.
    Does this mean you weren't able to leave for college? I hope not.

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    « Reply #7 on: September 10, 2012, 06:20:08 PM »
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  • These things take time, and you can't rush them. Meanwhile make sure you are getting plenty of rest and good food. Vitamin C is necessary to fight infection. Garlic is especially good. There's a lot of info on Tele's influenza post that might help you as well.


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    « Reply #8 on: September 10, 2012, 06:24:31 PM »
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  • Quote from: subpallaeMariae
    Since you are taking an antibiotic it is good to take acidophilus (not at the same meal with the antibiotic) but you should avoid dairy since it causes more mucus.


    Yoghurt is a dairy product but it won't cause more mucus.

    Daegus, you need to build your immune system. Sometimes our immune system is lowered by emotional lows.

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    « Reply #9 on: September 10, 2012, 06:47:07 PM »
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    Since you are taking an antibiotic it is good to take acidophilus (not at the same meal with the antibiotic) but you should avoid dairy since it causes more mucus.


    Yoghurt is a dairy product but it won't cause more mucus.

    Daegus, you need to build your immune system. Sometimes our immune system is lowered by emotional lows.


    Our doctor says avoid dairy too.  Bronchitis takes many, many weeks to recover.  Hope you get better soon.
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    « Reply #10 on: September 10, 2012, 08:40:36 PM »
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  • Hope you get better soon, Daegus.

    Mucinex is pretty good at getting rid of phlem.


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    « Reply #11 on: September 11, 2012, 07:26:08 AM »
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  • Rarely can I avoid it, no matter what I do....Mucinex helps, but wil lget it 1-2x a yr, need antibiotics and a good amount of water, healthy food/nutrition an d probiotics....
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    « Reply #12 on: September 11, 2012, 07:42:36 AM »
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  • Quote from: subpallaeMariae
    We always take an expoectorant during the day and a cough suppressant at night. Taking an expectorant that thins the secretions will help clear the chest without making you cough too, too much. After all with inflamed bronchial tubes it isn't good to cough a lot. In US Mucinex is the brand we take but any expectorant (like Robitussin) will help. Since you are taking an antibiotic it is good to take acidophilus (not at the same meal with the antibiotic) but you should avoid dairy since it causes more mucus.
    Does this mean you weren't able to leave for college? I hope not.


    Oh there's no need to worry. I was able to start college on the 4th of this month.

    Now that I think about it, I'm a bit worried about taking Biaxin because I feel as though I might not have articulated myself well enough with my doctor. I had actually just come from school yesterday to talk to him and I was tired so I might not have said what I needed to say.

    You see, when I first got the bronchitis and was prescribed the Amoxicillin, I went through the full 10 days minus 1 pill because that fell into the garbage and I'd been horking phlegm into that garbage the whole day.. So really there's no point in taking that 1 pill again. I was a lot better after taking the Amoxicillin. The cough that I had is greatly reduced, I'm not coughing up phlegm anywhere near as much as I used to (perhaps I didn't stress that point enough.. I used to be coughing it up constantly whereas now Ill do it maybe once or twice a day, if that) and I'm not tired or congested like I used to be.

    After doing some research I see just how much stronger Biaxin is than Amoxicillin and its side effects. The more common side effects (abnormal taste, diarrhea, vomiting, heartburn/indigestion, abdominal pain, headaches, etc) appear to be quite common and rather debilitating, which I can't afford to risk after having started school.

    As a matter of fact.. My family doctor isn't the one I went to see first or the one who examined me when I first got bronchitis. I even told him that. I went to the urgent care doctor because my family doctor is on the other side of town and I really wasn't feeling well enough to travel that far. So he really has no way of comparing how well I'm doing since then.. So perhaps he thinks there's no difference from when I went to see the urgent care doctor and since I'm seeing him now and that's why he thinks I need a strong antibiotic. My bronchitis has always been very mild and quite manageable, despite what it might sound like to you guys on here. I'm just a bit worried about having to take the Biaxin.. That's all.

    I think I'll try to plead my case to the pharmacist before this antibiotic destroys me. I'd also like to know why doctors keep prescribing antibiotics if most cases of bronchitis are due to viruses and not bacteria..
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    « Reply #13 on: October 04, 2012, 06:03:21 AM »
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  • I had bronchitis as a child - I don't remember what they gave me - I will pray for you.
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    « Reply #14 on: October 04, 2012, 06:19:04 AM »
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  • Bronchitis can turn pretty nasty if not treated properly.


     

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