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Asthmatic child diagnosed with pneumonia, on medicines, has blood in phlegm. Remedy?

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nine yr old went to e r diagnosed wth pneumonia.. asthma patient takes qvar an ventolin.. keeps coughing.. inhalers not workn albuterol not workn..phlem is bloody lookn also takn azythromicin an amoxicilln.. what should i do now.
Posted Fri, 7 Jun 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 20 minutes later
Hi,welcome to HCM!

When the child is not improving on conventional treatment,you have to do the following.

1 get urgent appointment with the pediatrician as busy ER may miss somethings.
2 the child needs X-ray chest as you say the sputum is bloody - it shows the possibility of pneumonia and not simple asthma!
3 if you can not get pediatric appointment, pl go to ER again and mention bloody sputum.

Good luck
God bless
Dr Uma
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