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mucus in wind pipe

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  • Posted By: mohamed
  • December 29, 2006
  • 01:11 PM

I have been suffering from a high level of mucus in the windpipe, for the last 2 and a half years.
Doctors have diagnosed it variously as;
1- The lower parts of the lungs were damaged, and the puss oozed by the lungs was the mucus. I was put on an assortment of medicines and anti-biotics, fo a while I noticed some improvement but things returned back to their previous levels once the medicine stopped.
2- Then I told by another doctor that my lungs were fine (the C Scan and X rays showed clear lungs), but that I had an allergy in the facial area. But again the medicines did not cure the problem.
3- Now another doctor tells me that I suffer from a high level of acidity, but again I have not seen any improvement from that treatment.

I used to smoke (but I do not believe I was a heavy smoker, as sometimes I did not smoke for 10 days, while on other days I would smoke 10 cigaretes in a day)
BUT I lived in an appartment where the central airconditioning ducts were disintegrated, and it emitted a fine dust of the A/C ducts which consisted of alluminum and insulation wool.
I do not know what to do. Doctors are not able to diagnose the problem.

The quanitity of mucus that is comming out is huge, at night it cause suffocation.

Any suggestions?

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  • Hi,I have the same symptoms like you and still haven’t solved the problem despite visiting a few specialists, but let me tell you my story (the essential bits only) and my logic Last winter I developed an Acute Bronchitis and I had mucus in my windpipe.After I got rid of the illness the mucus staid for 6 months and now it is still reoccurring from time to time, I went to a doctor Allergist, he said that on the X-ray my lungs are clear and it is possible that there is allergy on the facial passages and he asked me if I have liquid leaking from the nose in my throat (Postnasal drip) and my answer was - "Yes, from time to time" he then ran allergen tests - all turned out negative. BUT... there is something more- I work on a construction sites as a Builder and often I work with INSULATION WOOL (containing mineral fiber) and there is a-lot of fine dust in the air as well. I told this to the doctor but unfortunately there was no allergen tests for insulation wool (I am not sure if such test even exist) and the home dust test was negative. I and you have the same symptoms (mucus, and the way I am suffering from high level of acidity too) and both inhale fine particles of mineral-fiber and dust, so there is a chance to be an allergy, but on the other hand, my colleagues do not suffer from the same problems, in this case it might not be the insulation wool and dust, but something else! This reminds me that 10 years ago I was diagnosed with Septal deviation (The nasal septum that separates one side of the nose from the other is bent and is blocking both of my nasal passageways). I was told that this condition may cause allergies in future if untreated. I may cause the Eustachian tube to swollen and make it more difficult to equalize the ear pressure (The Eustachian tube goes from the middle ear to the back of the nose and helps equalize the ear pressure). Also it may prevent the nose from clearing itself causing Postnasal drip (especially at night time when you are lying down on your back) whichmay irritate the tissues in the windpipe and provoke the secretion of mucus. In this case it would be physical condition rather than allergy I would suggest you to consult with Otolaryngologist to check if your nasal septum is not blocking your nasal passageways Please tell me if you suffer from postnasal drip and if you have problems with your ears e.g. difficulty equalizing air pressure, plugged ears, pain during air travel or diving, ticking behind the ear, etc.
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    • January 19, 2007
    • 11:39 PM
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