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Severe cough with breathing difficulty, stringy white mucus. Treatment ?

Had a severe cough , with difficulty breathing . Coughing up stringy white mucus . This has been going on off and on for about three months. I feel like I am getting better and then it is like something triggers it again. I have allergies also. Some time the mucus is a brownish color after taking a breathing treatment. What else can I do to help?
Asked On : Fri, 5 Oct 2012
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
With the history of allergy and description of your symptoms, it looks like asthma. However you should get a routine blood test, a x ray chest and a PFT which will help in ruling out any other pathology and establishing the diagnosis of asthma. For asthma, you will need to take inhaler medicines-both relievers and controllers and some other anti inflammatory medicines for which you should consult a pulmonologist so that you can be started on right line of treatment.
Answered: Fri, 5 Oct 2012
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Pulmonologist Dr. Arnab Maji's  Response
Thanks for your query.
From your history it seems to me you are suffering from obstructive airway disease either asthma or COPD. If you are a smoker then immediately quit smoking. Consult a pulmonologist and get yourself examined. Along with this you should have a chest x-ray (PA view) and spirometry with bronchodilator reversibility testing. Also you should have a sputum examination for acid-fast bacilli for 2 consecutive days.
If it is proved to be asthma or COPD then you should have started inhalers and other medications as needed after consulting a pulmonologist.
Thank you.
Answered: Sun, 7 Oct 2012
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