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11-14-2007 03:09 PM #1
Nebulizer treatment for bronchitis?
I went to the doctor after coming down with bronchitis; she gave me a nebulizer treatment in the office and prescribed an albuterol inhaler, prednisone, and zithromax. She said that I have a combination of bronchitis and asthma, but I don't have asthma normally. I do have bad allergies, and it seems that I get quite a bit of bronchitis for someone that does not smoke and is not around kids. Is there such a thing as asthma that only manifests itself as the result of illness? I have been told this by another physician too, but I'm confused how they could possibly distinguish bronchitis from asthma just by listening to my breathing. I have an audible wheeze upon exhalation, and my breathing improves after using the inhaler.
11-22-2007 01:08 PM #2
Yes. There is a direct correlation with certain types of asthma and pulminary illnesses.With brochitis when you listen to the lower lobes of the lungs, you would hear a rattle. As you know, with asthma it is a wheezing sound or a whistle.When you get bronchitis it can cause bronchialitis-induced asthma.The albuterol inhaler will be your biggest relief.. just make sure that you spray it once into the air before you take a puff, as bacteria can build up in the valve.Also, when you use it make sure to breath deaply and wait 1 minute between puffs to allow your lungs to absord the madicine. If you don't have an Aerochamber, ask you physician for one. This is a plastic tube. Your mouth goes on one end and the enhaler goes in the other. When you release the medicine from the inhaler intot eh chamber you should take 6 slow deep breaths wait 4 breaths and repeat. The Areochamber helps you to receive the most medicine per puff.. Much of the inhalent, without use of a chamber, is absorbed into your tongue and throat.
11-23-2007 06:39 AM #3
You must have really been sick.I get bronchitis every yr.I only got one treatment in the office.That's when I felt really bad.Anyway yes,I have been told I have bronchitis,& asthma.What you said she gave you to take is exactly what I have had before.Hope you get better soon.
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