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Diagnosed Parkinsons Disease, severe coughing problem, Is there anything she can take for the phelm?

My 80 year old mother was diagnosed w/Parkinsons Disease about 8 years ago. She is having severe problems with coughing up clear phelm in the mornings constantly for about 2 hours. It gags her and she can't even eat breakfast until it stops. This happens every morning and she is worried she will choke on it. She lives alone but has medic alert! Is there anything she can take for the phelm? She stopped her PD meds due to side effects she was having with them. thank you!
Asked On : Sun, 14 Apr 2013
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Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist 's  Response
thanks for writing to HCM,
firstly i would like to advice you not to stop the Parkinson's disease medication without your doctors advice.
For her present problem, i'll advice her to inhale steam for 10 mins 3 times a day. firstly as soon as she get up in the morning before eating anything, one time in the day and one time before go to sleep. As soon as her sputum tends to loosen up, cough out as much as possible.
Also she should start doing some breathing exercises- like deep breathing exercises, huffing and coughing, chest expansion exercises.
A physiotherapist can help her in all these exercises as well as in chest clearance.

If all of this still doesn't help take the help of her exiting medical practitioner who is treating her for parkinsons. Kindly do not delay a prompt action.

i hope this helps
wish her good health
Answered: Mon, 15 Apr 2013
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