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Is this bronchitis?

My mother who is 74 years old has had a persistant cough for the last six months. She has had an x-ray which came back clear. She had a course of anti biotics which didn't work and an anti-histamine spray. Her doctor has said it is caused by the medication she takes for high blood pressure so she had a change of meds. The cough subsided for a while. Last night she had another coughing fit with wheezing. We called the emergency doctor out who diagnosed bronchitis.He prescribed steroids, and two types of anti biotics. Does this sound right? I am amazed that this has been missed for 6 months. She hasn't had the cough every day for the last 6 months but on and off. It can be triggered by going out in cold weather, eating or drinking something cold and most recently, if she eats greasy food. Her cough produces phlegm which is clear. Her cough goes away once she has been able to clear the phlegm. I am concerned that she has been given the wrong diagnosis again and having to take strong medication for nothing
Asked On : Mon, 19 Apr 2010
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Your mother seems to be suffering from asthma and or COPD. Get a PFT done. She should be put on inhaler steroids. She will require two types of steroids like seroflo and combimist. She should also take tablet of montair lc and two tablets of doxyphyllin 400 mgm twici a day. Give her a tablet of pantaprazole as well. With this line of treatment, she shuold improve gradually.
Answered: Mon, 20 Aug 2012
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  Anonymous's Response
I would be keen to understand if any treatment helped your mother? My mother also has similar symptoms from last 4-5 months and cough is not going. Pls let me know.
Answered: Tue, 8 Feb 2011
  Anonymous's Response

that cough is different and this cough is different , it was just occasional cough this is cough with wheeze meaning an reactive airway disease, this is an acute condition and did good in taking the help of ER.

Answered: Wed, 21 Apr 2010
ENT Specialist Dr. Dinesh Valse's  Response

what your mother has got is acute bronchitis and received perfect treatment.This usually At this age it will take some time to resolve and ask her to drink warm water and do steam inhalation. cold aggravates this condition. sometime x ray may become normal in iniatial stages
Answered: Wed, 9 Feb 2011
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  Anonymous's Response
Can you pls let me know of the emergency Doctor you called ?
my mother also has similar problems but its more than 3 mnths and her condition is not improving .
Answered: Mon, 7 Mar 2011
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