Quote from swimfast989:I should probably start from the beginning on this...I'm asthmatic and I've had a one year history of frequently recurring bronchitis. I've had everything done - a sweat test, lung CT, sinus CT, etc. - all coming back with nothing. I had a 24 hr pH probe that came back with reflux. The doctor said this was causing it. When I went to a gastroenterologist, he examined me and said that it was very unlikely the reflux was causing the bronchitis. He said I had Dennie-Morgan lines, allergic shiners, and a nasal crease, and that my nose was swollen, all which suggested allergies. Has anyone had anything like this...allergies causing bronchitis? I'm on Nasonex, Singulair, Fluocinon, Albuterol, Advair, and Nexium. So wouldn't the Singulair take care of this?
OH, honey, yes, allergies can trigger bronchitis. What happens is an allergic reaction triggers inflammation/constriction and the mucus can't move and gets infected. It sounds like your allergies are not well controlled despite Singulair and Nasonex. What level of Advair are you on? If you're only on 100, you might want to bump up to 250 or 500 to try to keep the inflammation in your lungs down. I have all those symptoms your GT identified...shiners, nasal crease, etc. If your nose is swollen, the nasonex isn't doing its job. Are you on allergy shots? Xolair? Reflux is a common "comorbid" condition with asthma but doesn't cause asthma or bronchitis itself. Frequent bronchitis and facial swelling suggest poorly controlled allergies. I ought to know...I've lived with them for years despite immunotherapy and 7 drugs a day. Hoping Xolair is doing the trick.
Good luck to you!