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Fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough, constant rattle in lungs, asthma and COPD, taking mucinex and sudafed, using albuterol nebulizer

I have been sick for over a month. It started with fever, sore throat , runny nose. By the third day I developed a cough. The nasal discharge has all been clear and it stopped by about 7-10 days in. I just can t get rid of this cough. The mucus is thick and white and there is a LOT of it. I have a constant rattle in my lungs. I have asthma and COPD from the result of a propane explosion/house fire I was in 6 years ago which burned my lungs. I am on albuterol nebulizer and inhaler . I have tried mucinex and sudefed. The coughing is so bad I am unable to do my regular daily routine because I cough with any exertion. What can I do?
Asked On : Mon, 7 May 2012
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You have not mentioned if you are a smoker. If so, pl stop smoking as the first and most imp step. Pl start taking inhalers like Seroflo/Formetrol. Take another inhaler called Tiova once a day and tab Doxyphyllin 400 mgm twice a day. A course of antibiotic like Augmentin or Levoflox for 5 days should be taken. If symtoms are very bad take Prednisolone 20 mgm once a day for 5 days. Pantocid for gastritis should be taken as gastritis can aggravate the symptoms. Chest physiotherapy and deep breathing exercises are good for COPD patient.
Answered: Tue, 22 May 2012
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