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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/fever.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Fever">: Oh my gosh, I am wheezing like a madwoman. I got a cold a couple of days ago and it's turned into one noisy, tight case of brochitis. I really, really, really can't breathe whether sitting up or laying down. I don't remember having brochitis that was this congested before. I'm whistling, wheezing, coughing and straining for every breath, inhale and exhale. I'm running a light fever now, and I feel the big one coming on.<br><br>
Please, any suggestions for breaking up the congestion and making it easier for me to breathe? I'm taking Vit. C already - as much as I can - probably 6000mgs a day or so.<br><br>
I'm avoiding going to the doctor because #1 schleping two kids to the urgent care stinks. #2 I'm nursing and don't want anything that conflicts with that and #3 I've been reading that antibiotics are not so helpful with bronchitis anyhow. In other words, what could the doctor do for me but diagnose me?<br><br>
Help! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
UPDATE:<br><br>
I spent four hours at the Urgent Care. I guess I was having a asthma attack and/or as the doctor said "A way-bigger-then-your-garden-variety case of brochitis." Either way it appears to be mostly allergy based - not so much from this cold I've got.<br><br>
I've been having trouble with my allergies - to my pet RATS! So, the rats have to find a new home and hopefully it is just them and not my cat too.<br><br>
Thanks for the advice mamas, I guess I was worse off then I thought I was. The doc said I was in respiratory distress and shot me in the butt as well as putting me on a nebulizer. He prescribed steroids and an inhaler and they took like 6 different x-rays. Who knew?
 

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If you're really THAT bad off, you need a rescue med like albuterol- and now. Unlikely, but that's also how I felt when I had a blood clot in my lung- I called the dr. asking for "better" asthma meds and was told to get my butt into the ER.
 

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Vita C won't do a thing. That is a preventive method. Sodium Ascorbate would help though.<br><br>
If your chest gets real tight (asthma) drink some strong coffee. Just a small amount.<br><br>
When we have a cold, we take the SA, CLO, GSE, echinacea....right at the start and then it just never gets that bad.<br><br>
You may want to try it now.<br><br>
Here is where I order mine - Bronsonvitamins.com #50<br><br>
It comes within two or three days.<br><br>
I just came back to say, I know that is not instant help, sorry I have none. Wish I could give you some advice, like some homeopathic meds.<br><br>
Do you have Astragalus tea at home? That boosts the immune system.
 

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Coffee would help if it isn't that bad- the same idea as albuterol. Licorice tea would help a mild attack too.<br><br>
But this sounds very bad- and needs prompt attention. (Been there done that!) This is a serious matter, seeing as you "really really really can't breathe". Please call your doctor or go to the ER.
 

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Try holding your head over a hot pot of tea. Like mint or camomile. Or just lain hot water. Just to get the steam into you to break it up.<br><br>
We used to rub a chest with really warm oil and wrap it with flannel.<br><br>
For the fever - wear vinegar soaked socks and wool socks over them.
 

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Oh gosh...I don't think it's *that* bad yet. Perhaps I sounded more dramatic then I needed to? I mean, yes I'm audibly wheezing and such, but I'm not feeling like this is an emergency. Definitely not bad enough for an ER trip at this time. I'll try the steam and see if that works a bit. The vinegar socks sounds interesting too! Thanks for the concern everyone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
By the way - does wheezing make anyone else's teeth hurt? My bottom front teeth have always hurt when I have breathing problems. It's odd....
 

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if its not that bad yet, some hot tea may help. Tea contains theophylin (sp) which is also manufactured as an asthma drug. A hot shower may work better than a bowl of steam. Try some guafennesin (again sp!?) its in Mucinex that you can buy at ANY drug store. It will help immediately as well.... I have asthma and when I get a cold I have trouble as well.... these things all help me. If you have any benadryl, that might help too, I dont know why, but it loosens congestion.
 

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I take something along the lines of 12-20 grams (thats 12,000-20,000 mgs) of vitamin C (in the form of ascorbic acid crystals mixed with baking soda to make sodium ascorbate) when I'm sick. 6 grams isn't enough to make a difference if you're already wheezing and feeling yucky.<br><br>
If you can swallow, and aren't allergic to garlic, garlic is a great antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal agent. Eating a few whole raw cloves (chopped up and added to foods or swallow the chopped garlic like pills) can help if there's a bacterial,viral, or fungal component to your illness.<br><br>
If all the natural stuff doesnt' help, then you know you need medical attention.
 

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I have been overruled. My husband is sending me to do the doctor. I will keep trying the natural stuff too though! Thanks for the tips! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Glad you got seen and glad you got the meds you needed. Feel better!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I'm glad you got definitive care. If you can't breathe, you're not going to be doing much else either.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I'm very allergic to rats, too. We had to get rid of ours several years ago. Unfortunately, not long after we got rid of them, my cat allergy got very very bad and we had to get rid of her as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'm not a dog person, but so far that seems to be the only furry animal I'm not allergic to other than rabbits. I'm even allergic to hamsters.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I'm very allergic to rats, too. We had to get rid of ours several years ago. Unfortunately, not long after we got rid of them, my cat allergy got very very bad and we had to get rid of her as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'm not a dog person, but so far that seems to be the only furry animal I'm not allergic to other than rabbits. I'm even allergic to hamsters.</div>
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I'm hoping the cat doesn't have to go too. Or the dogs....or the bird....<br><br>
The rats actually give me hives when their claws scratch me....I'm hoping it's just them.
 
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