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I had a very bad cough, so bad for about three months I

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I had a very...

I had a very bad cough, so bad for about three months I thought I was going to cough my eyes it! I had three trips to the Ed and on the third a doc said I had wheezing and rales . He gave me , over the course of a day three treatments of teva-salbutamol with atrioventricular . The third treatment helped with the lung sounds and he sent me home with puffers salbutamol and Flovent , a Rx for prednisone and an antibiotic. This was some help but the cough still continue

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with the cough? Are you having any other symptoms?

I was producing grey mucus. Eventually the coughing subsided. Now. About two months later I have started the coughing again also with grey mucous when I can expell it. I'm taking my puffers again and some expectorant. I'm a retired RN and with the first episode the doc said it was a bronchial infection. Should I just continue with my puffers and expectorant?

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Several years ago I was afflicted with bronchitis several winters in a row and then I started to take 1000 mg of vit C and that seemed to fix the problem until this spring when I got this mess which lasted about three months

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Eye Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (non-eye specialty) replied 8 months ago
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Eye Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (non-eye specialty) replied 8 months ago

You were diagnosed as bronchial asthma and medicines for it were prescribed. Your present symptoms can also be same as attacks of asthma are not uncommon. So you may continue the same medicines but following investigations should be done, if not performed earlier;

1) Pulmonary function tests

2) High resolution CT of lungs.

3) Upper GI endoscopy

4) Allergy tests.

The common causes of chronic cough are postnasal drip (also called upper airway cough syndrome), asthma, and reflux laryngitis / gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). These causes are responsible for up to 90 percent of all cases of chronic cough. Less common causes include infections, medications, and chronic lung diseases. Another common cause of chronic cough is nonasthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis. Following causes are usually considered for the chronic cough;

1) Upper airway cough syndrome; they comprise of vasomotor rhinitis; acute nasopharyngitis; and sinusitis. The treatment is by steroid nasal spray or nasal antihistamine. Sinusitis may need antibiotic like trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole or cefuroxime.

2) Cough variant asthma; this will require bronchodilator medications used in asthma or steroid inhalers. This in your case has been ruled out.

3) Reflux laryngitis and Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); treatment is by avoidance of reflux-inducing foods (fatty foods, chocolate), eating five small meals a day without snacking, avoidance of meals for two to three hours before lying down (except for medications), elevation of the head of the bed and an H2 antagonist or a proton pump inhibitor.

4) Postnasal drip; would need antihistamines and inhaled ipratropium bromide.

5) Non specific cough; Dextromethorphan and/or codeine can be used.

Reflux laryngitis or laryngopharyngeal reflux or extraesophageal GERD, differs from traditional GERD in that it does not manifest as heartburn and tends to occur when the patient is upright as opposed to lying flat. This silent GERD can be present in as many as 80% of patients with chronic cough. The investigations to confirm it are;

1) Ambulatory 24-hour pharyngoesophageal pH monitoring
2) Barium esophagography
3) Laryngoscopy
4) Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I was put on two different puffers sambutamol and Flovent to use each day for the diagnosed bronchitis. Shall I just continue this with an expectorant?
Eye Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (non-eye specialty) replied 8 months ago

Yes, you can continue these with the expectorant.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Please just answer my question here.
Eye Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (non-eye specialty) replied 8 months ago

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Dr phophalia, I. M waiting for your answer.l
Eye Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (non-eye specialty) replied 8 months ago

I am sorry, you could not see the answer above.

Yes, you can continue these with the expectorant.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Doc phophalia could you also explain why the expectorant I cough up is grey as I've never smoked
Eye Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (non-eye specialty) replied 8 months ago

There can be two reasons;

1) A very mild infection can color the expectoration.

2) A concomitant acid reflux too can be responsible for the grey expectation.

Sending it for culture is usually recommended.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I don't think I remembered to mention this before but when I had the first episode of this bronchitis I coughed so hard continuously I felt my eyes were going to pop out from the pressure exerted and I had just had my cataracts done two months previously so now while coughing l put some pressure on my eyes to ease them. About the phelm, I do have acid reflux for which I take texts and I have no problems with it. I will be very happy when this episode ends and doesn't repeate itself. I have to say, being a retired RN I find it very wearing.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I meant tecta in the last note.
Eye Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (non-eye specialty) replied 8 months ago

I can understand this is wearing.

You may consider deep breathing exercises.

When you are alright, yoga would be helpful for preventing recurrence.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
While nursing I had never experienced anyone with grey phlegm . Is trying to relieve the pressure on my eyes while coughing helpful or a waste of time. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.
Eye Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (non-eye specialty) replied 8 months ago

It is helpful to relieve the pressure on eyes during coughing.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
While I still have the opportunity to 'talk'to you I must mention I have very dry eyes and am now on Restasis which doesn't seem to be very helpful. Is there a waiting period before the effects are noticed?
Eye Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (non-eye specialty) replied 8 months ago

Restasis usually shows the effect in 2-3 days.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I have to use an over the counter such as sustainer 3 or 4 times a day between the two doses of the restasis qam and qh. Is it worth while continuing it since it is very expensive or keep trying?
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Sorry, doc, it I'm a 'very senior ' senior so the call is out of my range but I thank you for your previous help and wish you, too, a good day.
Eye Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (non-eye specialty) replied 8 months ago

You may just use Systane eye drops.

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