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hello has he had any tests like bronchoscopy or CT scan, pulmonary function tests?
no. He went to a local family practioner 3 times and he said they wanted to run tests but my dad didnt think they were necessary
no, this is something for which he needs to be tested
there could be many causes for this
one strong possibility is COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is very likely at his age
his symptoms are typical
he needs a Pulmonary function test for this to diagnose
and what is that test?
a CT scan of the lungs is also needed at his age for chronic cough
this is to rule out any other cause like tumors for example
the third test which may be sometimes indicated is a bronchoscopy
this is both to check inside his lungs and also use the bronchoscopic lavage for smear examination and culture sensitivity tests
so there is no way of doing anything over the counter to help medicine wise but that there could be something acutally wrong. It's just wierd because none of this started until he fell asleep next to the bonfire he had going
these three tests are important for him
some of OTC things that he can do are:
okay ill mention those three tests to him
Fluids: drink plenty of water. Humidifier: use a humidifier in the room. Vit. C supplement: 1000 mg Vit. C supplements daily (available OTC). N- Acetyl Cysteine: this is a supplement available at natural food stores which helps drainage.
these steps will help
but at the same time he must see his doctor again and get tested
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any further questions?
No sir. I will try and get all of these things taken care of. Thank you for all your help and advice.