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Suggest treatment for asthmatic bronchitis with shortness of breath and cough

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Dr. Vasudha Jayant Athavale

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :1970

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Posted on Wed, 3 Aug 2016 in Asthma and Allergy
Question: Hi,
Firstly, hoping all is well.
I have been suffering from asthmatic bronchitis for about four weeks now. I am still a bit short of breath and have coughing fits when outside in cold air. I am certainly improving but still struggling a bit. I am supposed to take a two hour flight in four hours time. Is it safe to travel.. for myself and for others? Thanks
Answered by Dr. Vasudha Jayant Athavale 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
Travel with due precautions.

Detailed Answer:
Hi xxxxxxx,
Thanks for the query.
I have read your query & understand your concern.
* Firstly, as you are still in phase of recovery, you are still short of breaths / coughing on exposure to cold & your resistance might be low, I would suggest to postpone / cancel the travel at this time if possible.
*But, if it is a must ,you can think of going if-
- You don't get breathless on mild exertion,
- You do not have cough with expectoration,specially yellow in color.
While temperature in air flight is mostly maintained at lower can travel by air safely with due precaution because your X ray does not show any abnormality & atmospheric pressure , oxygen levels are well maintained in plane & oxygen mask is provided if needful.
* Opinion of your treating doctor should be considered as a final advise.. as he knows your health status well. Please consult him personally / at least on telephone please.He may advise for few more medications during the travel
* Precautions during travel include-
- You protect & cover yourself sufficiently while in travel to airport/ in the
flight itself( including scarf protecting throat & frontal area...& a mask to
avoid infection & cold air entering nostrils.
- Get provision of a wheel chair ..for landing the plane.
- You should avoid things you are allergic to including cold drinks/water. Hot
drinks would be preferred.
- You take your medicines in time .carry your medicines & inhalers in cabin
I hope, you find the answer to be informative & useful in taking decision.Any follow up query is welcome.
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