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Old 03-24-2005, 01:55 PM   #1
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How do you clear the stuff out of your chest w/o using an inhaler?

I have had to use my albuterol more and more the last couple of days just to clear the congestion in my chest. Mostly it is in the morning, but I continues throughout the day.

It's not like an attack, but it becomes thicker until I can't stand it any more and it is hard to take a good breath.

I will say that I know it is worse when I'm anxious, I just don't understand how anxiety can produce mucus.

So I was wondering, should I just use the xopenex in my nebulizer a couple of times a day again until this clears up or is there some other way of reducing this stuff.

I was wondering if short term use of decongestants might help. Expectorants don't work for this stuff, they just make my lungs itch.

Any ideas?

Old 04-01-2005, 04:10 PM   #2
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Re: How do you clear the stuff out of your chest w/o using an inhaler?

Have suffered from this for years and I have found that good ol "vicks" or olbas oil in hot water works short term - trouble is with decongestants the more you take the worse it can get - not much help I know but worth a shot!

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Old 04-02-2005, 05:59 AM   #3
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Re: How do you clear the stuff out of your chest w/o using an inhaler?

Thanks - I'll have to save this info for future reference. As for this past problem, it turned out I still had an infection - my doc put me on a different antibiotic and it cleared up the congestion for the most part. Now I just have to hope this round does the trick.

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