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Bronchitis or just bad asthma?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 15, 2006
  • 08:44 PM

I was diagnosed with asthma about 2 years ago, and I have a preventer inhaler. It's usually quite under control, but for about a week I've had a constant cough that (apparently) sounds like a foghorn, and I've been coughing up sputum. I've also had general cold symptoms, and it gets a lot worse at night. Right before it started I had a sore throat/bad cold, which I've heard can trigger bronchitis. Should I go get it checked out or just wait for it to clear up?

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  • A productive (wet) cough means you probably need an antibiotic. Get it checked out. You could have a bit of asthma too, so keep using the inhaler.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 18, 2006
    • 10:58 PM
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  • If you have asthma then you need to be very, very careful to avoid getting sick again. Each time you do, your asthma could get worse. I gargle with hot salt water and sniff drops of salt water each time I feel the slightest tinge of anything that could remotely turn into a cold! I don't wait and see how sick I will get before I do this, because then it will be too late. If you catch it while it's still in your nose and throat then it's easier to kill than if it's in your lungs. I never get sick because I do this! Coughing is very bad for your lungs. If my kids start to get anything, I rush them to the doctor and get antibiotics. They rarely get sick, but I won't take any chances! Many doctors have told me that alcohol was the only thing that worked to stop a cough. If it were me, I would breathe in steam (not too close), drink hot lemon and honey tea, eat a big clove of raw garlic chopped up and eaten with a slice of bread, then take a very hot shower/bath, and wrap up in blankets with a huge (gallon) of water nearby, and drink it all!
    delakande 10 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
    • 11:50 PM
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  • you should tr to keep an inhaler like for example ventolin with you in case of emergency because you never know what happens next to reduce the exausting effect of the cough. I would recommend you to go and seek advice from your doctor as soon as possible because this wet cough needs antibioitics like augmentin because it will get worse then.
    leuviah 8 Replies
    • December 19, 2006
    • 05:34 AM
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