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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What is the treatment for wheezing?

yes they say i have bad bronchitis and im wheezing alot mostly on exhale and cant lie down was on prednisone and antibiotic not much better also have ventolin inhaler, they think im just tired and need sleep they gave me tussin with codein which works great for the cough and ambien for sleep, well did that and slept for three hours and the wheezing woke me up , any suggestions
Mon, 22 May 2017
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Welcome to HCM.
BY your description seems you have infective exacerbation of bronchitis. You need to take a short course of oral steroids like prednosolone in tapering doses starting from 30 mg once daily and decreasing by 10 mg every three days. Since you have already been on antibiotics there is no need for antibiotics now.
But most important thing here is your inhaler which is not sufficient. Ventorlin is an inhaler which will provide only symptomatic relief. It will not help stopping the inflammation within. It is like talking paracetamol for fever. I suggest you take a steroid inhaler on a regular basis like a foracort inhaler 2 puffs twice a day amf ventorlin as required. This will curb the infection within and aid in faster recovery. You cannot be on oral steroids every time you wheeze. Please do the above mentioned and you will do exceptionally well.
Wishing you good health. Regards
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