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Cough with phlegm, brown lumps. Have asthma and chronic bronchitis. Bacterial or viral infection?

I am 49 years old from very you I had Asthma and chronic Bhrocitus but I have seem to have grown out of that but know every year I get sick usually in November or February but this time I have a very phlegmy cough and last night I finally spit out some of that nasty phlegm and to my surprise it looked brown lumping with specs of white mixed in what do I have is a bacterial infection or is it a viral infection thank you Lorna
Asked On : Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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Hello Lorna,
Your symptoms do suggest a seasonal change or rather worsening of symptoms in the autumn/winter of rhinosinusitis/asthma.
Weed pollen allergy can cause this seasonal variation in symptoms occasionally requiring multiple courses of antibiotics.
Your current symptoms however do suggest a bacterial superinfection and a course of antibiotics such as azithromcin 250mg twice daily for 5 days and plenty of normal saline nasal washouts will help.
Best Wishes.
Answered: Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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