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Have difficulty breathing, phlegm, have COPD, CHF, carotid artery disease, relief vicks inhaler, senile

My mother is 82 with severe copd, chf & carotid artery disease with the right 100% blocked and the left 50% blocked. Last night she was having a more difficult time breathing than usual, complained of more phlegm and felt like she might choke. She has been using a Vicks inhaler which seems to help some, but I was wondering, short of taking her to the ER, if there is anything else I could do to help her breathe easier? We have been told that her time is limited and my concern is her comfort.
Asked On : Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Dear Friend
thanks for writing to us.
i understand your concern for your mother.
There are a number of therapies which can be tried in such a situation but mind it they are not a substitute of an examination by a clinician in ER and therapy given as guided by examination of patient. i would like you to consult your physician who is looking after her about these therapies before trying it at home. She can be given plain steam/ inhalational mucolytic like acetyl cysteine/ inhalational fast acting bronchodilators through nebulizer. i am not telling you the exact drug names as i sincerely wish you to consult her physician before trying them.
hope you understand my intent.
sukhvinder singh
Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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