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Suggest treatment for cough, cold and wheezing in a child

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Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

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Posted on Wed, 23 Nov 2016 in Lung and Chest disorders
Question: My name is Becky XXXXXXX I am a 67 year old female. Started last Mon w scratchy throat some wheezing & cough. Tues am felt awful. Called doc an got Zpak & Tressa pearls. Already have a
Rescue inhaler & cortisone inhaler. I went down fast. Little sleep tuesday or Wednesday Wheezing keeping me up. Contacted my doc Thursday & she called in Prednisone Took 2 then & w in am. If not better go in. Well I finally slept and when I work up I thought I was much better....... For about an hour. Called back and my doc is gone. She would refer me in or we could let prednisone work. If not better min am come in. Friday night I got really bad. Coughing , not able to breath and tight bad around chest. I went to bedroom and used albuteral several times. I finally starting getting my breath. It really scared me. As afterthought might should have gone to er. I amvery tired & weak but Berger. Still back cough at times and constant wheezing. One reason I am so concern and will talk
En dieTale to my doc us week but I still have tomorrow to go. 13 years ago something happened and I got fry sick with this. Coughed until I vomited. Pulmonic the ran test. Finally did and Aeterial Blood Gas draw. It was 55. I was called back to hospital and they by pasonogram to see if I was having 'showers of pulmonary embolisms. Said no. Ran,test on me, presented class to conferences. Getting ready to do open lung biopsy. Then did cardiac pharmatcial stress test. Found small flap between chambers. Thought blood was not going thru heart as it should. I was sent to Barnes in St XXXXXXX Flap closed w Titian deal run thru leg artery. They waited six months to redo cardiac stress. Great news - no leakage. Then did ABG again. Now up to 61. About this time I feel and bradly broke my leg. I was down for almost 6 months. Lungs began to clear. Once in a hike a flair but nothing like urns day night. My question was I in a life threatening situation. Should I have immediately gone to hospital. What kind of windo do I have. My doc, who is wonderful, will be back next week. I can't seem to do much. Thank you for listening. Becky XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 9 hours later
Brief Answer:
Yes, you should definitely consult pulmonologist as soon as possible.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
In my opinion, you should definitely consult pulmonologist as soon as possible.
You are mostly having bronchitis.
And you need PFT (Pulmonary Function Test).
PFT will not only diagnose bronchitis but it will also tell you about severity of the disease and treatment is based on severity only.
You will mostly improve with long acting inhaled bronchodilators (formoterol or salmeterol) and inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) (budesonide or fluticasone).
If clinical suspicion is there then we should also rule out pulmonary embolism in your case.
So better to consult pulmonologist and discuss all these.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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