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    Old 06-25-2005, 08:56 PM   #1
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    Chronic Bronchitis???

    My son is 43 yr old and asthmatic. He quit smoking last October. This winter was a bad one for him. He had chronic bronchial infections and was treated with predisone and antibiotics. Numerous lung x rays were taken only one showed an inactive cluster of TB cells. Repeat x rays did not show this. My question is although there is no fever and sputum has tested negative for infection and cancer cells he coughs up copious amounts of gray phelm. This goes on every day despite being on two inhalers and all kinds of allergy medicine. He did see an allergy specialist who tested his oxygen uptake and it was poor. He goes back to him this week. I am concerned that there is something else going on like chronic bronchitis. While on prednisone he gained about 30 lbs and he was very moody. The prednisone did help him for a while but going back on it is not an option. He had too many bad side effects. Anyone else have this problem of gray phelm. This stuff is sticky and hardens on the sink. Never seen anything like it. Thanks for any input.
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    Old 06-26-2005, 08:10 AM   #2
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    Re: Chronic Bronchitis???

    Chronic Bronchitis is an obstructive disease mostly caused by smoking. This disease causes the mucus glands in the lungs to enlarge and secrete large amounts of mucus or sputum. The color, smell, and taste of this sputum vary depending on the condition. the grey color is most likely to be from the carbon, tar and other cigerette compositions.

    The prednisone is usually used for asthma, the antibiotics are used for the microbes that might live within the accumulated mucus secreted by the enlarged mucus glands.
    to make sure that he is not infected by TB, you should check if he has been vaccinated ( BCG vaccine) and to under go a PPD test, which is a an injection injected subcutaneously and left for 48 -72 hrs for the results to show.

     
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    Re: Chronic Bronchitis???

    He was tested and showed negative for TB. He quit smoking last October. He is not a lifetime smoker as he had a period of 10 years of non smoking. He is short winded but asthma may be the culprit for that but not the constant gray phlem.
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    Both males and females who have chronic bronchitis are likely to have pituitary problems and sex hormone problems. Males with chronic bronchits often receive testosterone.

     
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    My son is hypothyroid and is on thryoid replacement therapy.
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    Re: Chronic Bronchitis???

    Last winter was a hard one for me also..I live in Virginia. Jan I had pnemonia, March-upper respitory infection; April-bronchitis.
    This winter when I start getting sick, I'll ask the doc to put me on a low dosage of predisone. I hate not being able not to breath.
    What does the doc say about the gray matter? I know when I cough up green stuff it's time to get to see the doc.
    Hope your son feels better soon

     
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    He says it is just the remains of smoking. I don't buy it. My son quit smoking last October. His allergist says he will send him to a lung specialist if it persists till next February. I have know a lot of people who quit smoking and I don't know any that coughed up gray phlem for months after. He gave samples last year and it didn't show infection or cancer cells.
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