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#1 of 3 Old 02-21-2008, 03:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Anyone been both coughing up and blowing colored mucus for a week and still gotten over it naturally? My DH keeps urging me to get some abx but I don't have a fever and keep plugging along hoping I'll be better the next day. I saw a naturopath Monday who said my lungs were clear and to keep the natural methods up -but she said if I'm still coughing up the chunky stuff by Friday that I should think about abx. That's tomorrow, and I've gotten this far without them... anybody gone this long with similar symptoms and made it through (and after how long!?)?
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If it's a virus caused bronchitis ABX will do nothing. Bronchitis is and inflamation of the broncheal tubes. When they are inflamed then they are hard to clear because they are narrowed. You need to get the junk out but can't - they might give you abx to prevent a bacterial infection from setting into the stuff in your lungs but to get it out before that would be better.
If you do go to the doctor ask if they would let you try a ventolin(albuteral) inhaler this drug opens the airways and allows you to caugh the gunk up easier. This is the same type of inhaler that asthmaics use as a rescue inhaler and the same drug they use for in hospital breathing treatments. I would give this a try for a few days before abx. I'm prone to brochitis and get at least a time or two a year and the inhalor is all I use - plus lots of SA and other natural treatments
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I just started using a neti pot and it's working great. It uses water to clear out your sinuses, so even though it won't cure your cold or bronchitis, it will keep the gunk from festering in your sinuses and possibly getting infected. If you do a search for neti pot on youtube you can see a demonstration.
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