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Teenage - not pneumonia or bronchitis

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  • Posted By: Val2008
  • January 25, 2008
  • 09:08 AM

Hi! I am worried sick! My daughter is very sick. Had strep 2 weeks ago & been sick off & on since. Started coughing up green stuff Sunday.

Saw a DR Monday (Actually drs were full - she saw a nurse practicioner);
I wanted antibiotic for her-refused. Told her I'd be calling her by Thursday.

Called the DR yesterday, took her in....DR thought her lungs sounded like she had a combination of pneumonia & bronchitis.

Sent us for chest xray.

Back to DR. Xray shows no pneumonia or bronchitis but shows lots of mucus in her lungs.
She is VERY sick. Dr. gave her an inhaler & wants to listen to her lungs tomorrow. Still no antibiotics.

I'm not one to push them unless they are necessary but my question is HOW CAN THEY BE POSITIVE they aren't necessary in this case?
I believe an antibiotic on Monday would have prevented this illness from getting so severe. I am furious!

What do you think and what could be other lung disease mucus causes?

Thanks to all!

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  • Our sinuses lining is part of the membrane system which produces mucus. The function of this mucus is to trap foreign particles, so these particles may be carried up the respiratory tract and expelled. When this mucus is infected by bacteria it becomes thick, sticky (with pus) and turns yellow or green. Green mucus is mainly associated with bronchitis and discharged when coughing. In the case of a viral infection such as cold or flu, the first stage of infection causes the production of a clear, thin mucus in the nose or back of the throat. As the body begins to react to the virus (generally one to three days), mucus thickens and may turn yellow or green. In these cases, antibiotics will not be useful, and are a major source of misuse. Treatment is generally symptom-based; the only cure is to allow the immune system to fight off the virus over time.When green mucus is coughed up it means that, there is some form of inflammation of the bronchi or the bronchial tubes. This condition is known as bronchitis, it is normally caused by irritants such as allergies, air pollution, smoke or viral infections. These irritants cause the sinus membrane to produce more than the usual amount of mucus. As we have mentioned above, green mucus is mainly associated with bronchitis. Here are some conditions associated with green mucus: Nasal polyps Blocked sinuses (sinus congestion) Hayfever Damaged mucosa membranes Nose bleeds FluXrays can determine a viral infection.
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    • January 25, 2008
    • 10:11 AM
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