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Bronchitis - Post nasal drip?

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  • Posted By: Dave F
  • June 30, 2007
  • 05:18 AM

I have been slowly recovering from Bronchitis (diagnosed 4/6 and still have these issues in late June) and still have a few symptoms that won't go away....post nasal drip & shortness of breath.
My Primary has me taking Singulair, Mucinex DM, Claritin & Qvar
My allergist wants me to take Astilin and stop everything else but Mucinex for Rhinitis

Which doctor should I follow?

1. I took an allergy test....just allergic to Dust Mites
2. Niox Exhaled NO Measurement Report (breathing test) was OK
3. CT Scan for Sinusitis was negative...do have a deviated septum
4. Physical (annual) was ok except for Blood Pressure was high 140/90
5. EKG & Echocardiogram were fine
6. I took two different anti biotics (5 day and 10 day) Could this be a reaction to taking these?

All I can say is:

1. Post Nasal Drip has not gone away and has me really down and getting stressed out from lack of sleep and fatigue etc.
I also seem to be very sensitive to chemical smells & perfume, candles etc. It likes they are over-powering for some reason now.


I have even tried the Neti Pot...could not master it...kept swallowing the water!

1.Is this something that is a lingering affect from Bronchitis or is it something unrelated?
2. What can I do?

Sorry for being so long winded! However, I am at my wits end and just lost for what I should do!

Thanks,

Dave

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  • Any thoughts?
    Dave F 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • aspirin is an anti inflammatory agent;it may be that your hypersensitised lungs are simply inflamed.in the normal course of events they would settle down in their own time.(as you probably have experienced) i have found that aspirin in ordinary pain killing doses brings immediate ,radical improvement,and complete resolution of symptoms within a fortnight.good luck,and please let me know how you get on.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Still suffering these same symptoms in October. The allergy like symptoms are getting no relief from Astalin, advair, singulair. Any thoughts? It's been six months and I feel helpless! My allergist keeps trying to change meds but nothing has worked. I am wondering if I should see another type of doctor.
    Dave F 7 Replies
    • October 12, 2007
    • 04:14 AM
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  • extended periods of hypersensitivity are usually associated with an ongoing exposure to an environmental allergen.it is probably a matter of detective work.,starting by removing or avoiding (initially)the usual suspects,some of which you mention.pay special attention to your bed and bedding.for instance,how old are your pillows?how old is your mattress?ask yourself how often would you change an animals bedding.bleach your drains.the antibiotics are unlikely to be a negative factor.if p.n.d.continues you probably need more.the problem is that the sinuses are so poorly vascularised,very little of the agent actually arrives where you want it,so you have to repeat.if time has lapsed since the problem was partially solved,it is probable that you are now harbouring a resistant population of bacteria in your sinuses---the descendents of the bacteria that survived,geddit?so it may be more difficult to remove them now.i do not think you need to see another doctor,just approach the problem rationally and with determination.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 13, 2007
    • 10:28 AM
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  • Thanks for the reply. I have removed carpeting and replaced my bedding with allergen friendly items (covered mattress & pillows). I am just starting to come down with bronchitis again (3rd time since May) and I am wondering where to turn to next....I have seen five doctors over the summer....gastro, pulmonary, allergist, ent & pcp.I am not sure which one I should turn to now. Thanks, Dave
    Dave F 7 Replies
    • October 15, 2007
    • 01:45 PM
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  • I Had Bronchitis One Time Also. I Went To A Chiropracter And Got An Adjustment. If You Have Never Been To One You Should Try Them Out. I Also Have Problems With My Sinus And It Really Helps For Them To Do An Adjustment On You. Most Of Them Will Give You A Complimentary Visit Free.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 27, 2007
    • 08:06 PM
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  • AS someone who has suffered from chronic sinusitis I will say that Western treatments are usually not very helpful. I have found NAET and acupuncture to be extremely helpful. I will not take antibiotics for sinusitis if I can help it. I use wild oregano oil, and take a ton of that at first sign of symptoms. Also I use Dr. NeilMed's sinus rinse every day... Please don't give up on the neti pot...it takes some practice to be sure. make sure you use noniodized salt, NOT sea salt, and use only a small amount to warm water. You need to get the angle right on the neti pot, and I find it helpful to keep your mouth wide open. This is just so helpful for clearing out your sinuses so keep practising and hopefully you will get it! Keep in mind that chronic sinus problems are often fungal in nature...a good candida cleanse may be helpful (chemical/fragrance sensitivity is a sign of candida overload). Threelac is very good for this, as is the oregano oil. Please consider finding an acupuncturist who is also a NAET Or Bioset practitioner - this may really make a difference. It has for me! Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • November 30, 2007
    • 09:20 PM
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  • Any thoughts?hello dave,i too had that similar problem. i had post nasal drip and gerd and experienced bronchitis 4 - 5 times a year. my MD has me on protonix and allegra D twice a day.. .if i feel "stuffy" i take a benadryl and i am good to go. it took about 8 months for all to help but it did! i dont know if you smoke but i did and it made it much worse.. been smokefree over two years and only had bronchitis once in those two years. hope you find relief. :D
    betyboo 2 Replies
    • December 1, 2007
    • 04:44 PM
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  • If all those meds are not helping - and you tried nose spray then get to the doc to check for something else. It sounds like you don't have severe allergies if you are only allergic to dust. What was the number rating on the test - 4 or higher is pretty severe... then follow the dust allergy advice everyone has for you. Wash all bedding once a week in hot water.Is your nose just running? I saw on TV that one guy had a chrnoic "cold" - turned out to be spinal fluid leaking from his nose. Is it just the nose or coughing too? See your primary!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 3, 2007
    • 05:52 PM
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  • Dave F...If you can't deal with the neti pot, you can get a oral (dental) water pic machine and there is an attachment especially for irrigating the sinuses....It is much easier to use. You do not have to turn your head as much to get the water solution to drain out the opposite sinus...It works great...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 30, 2008
    • 08:21 AM
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  • I have been slowly recovering from Bronchitis (diagnosed 4/6 and still have these issues in late June) and still have a few symptoms that won't go away....post nasal drip & shortness of breath.My Primary has me taking Singulair, Mucinex DM, Claritin & QvarMy allergist wants me to take Astilin and stop everything else but Mucinex for Rhinitis Which doctor should I follow? 1. I took an allergy test....just allergic to Dust Mites2. Niox Exhaled NO Measurement Report (breathing test) was OK3. CT Scan for Sinusitis was negative...do have a deviated septum4. Physical (annual) was ok except for Blood Pressure was high 140/90 5. EKG & Echocardiogram were fine6. I took two different anti biotics (5 day and 10 day) Could this be a reaction to taking these? All I can say is: 1. Post Nasal Drip has not gone away and has me really down and getting stressed out from lack of sleep and fatigue etc. I also seem to be very sensitive to chemical smells & perfume, candles etc. It likes they are over-powering for some reason now. I have even tried the Neti Pot...could not master it...kept swallowing the water! 1.Is this something that is a lingering affect from Bronchitis or is it something unrelated?2. What can I do? Sorry for being so long winded! However, I am at my wits end and just lost for what I should do! Thanks, DaveHope you are feeling better, but I have had similar symptons as you do. I found out that often I have small particles stuck in my back throat. When it happens, my back mucus gets much worse until I can expel the particles. I also notice that if I don't chew food well, small particles tend to get stuck in this spot and can't be swallowed easily. I have been taken Singulair for over a week, it has helped reduce mucus in my airway. I hope it doesn't create any side effect. What medication are you taking now?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 5, 2008
    • 07:29 PM
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  • Hope you are feeling better, but I have had similar symptons as you do. I found out that often I have small particles stuck in my back throat. When it happens, my back mucus gets much worse until I can expel the particles. I also notice that if I don't chew food well, small particles tend to get stuck in this spot and can't be swallowed easily. I have been taken Singulair for over a week, it has helped reduce mucus in my airway. I hope it doesn't create any side effect. What medication are you taking now?I know this post is quite old, but just wondering on the update here. If anythingimproved. It seems that after exposure to Crystaline Sillica I too have hada non-stop "tickle" in my throat for at least 2 months now. I was taking asteriod nasal spray which messed up my throat a bit so I stopped taking it.
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