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@nannette , I am new to all of this. Can you tell me about the 7% saline solution? Thank you
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@glendamoseley You have to get a prescription from your pulmonologist and when I first started out with all of this three years ago, this wonderful forum is where I learned about it and I had to actually ask my pulmonologist about it because he didn't prescribe it very often. I think it's great to keep your lungs clean and the MAC also doesn't like the 7% solution. There is a link to an article somewhere in these vast number of pages of this forum about a study that was done that watched how mycobacterium behaved in different levels of saline solution. In a 3-5% saline, the MAC hung out but when 7% was introduced the MAC didn't like it. There are others on this site that know more about it than myself….@windwalker is great at explaining things along with so many others. Hope this helps a little. The prescription that I get comes in a box with probably 60 little plastic vials that are sterile and you just open one up and put it in the nebulizer cup and depending on the nebulizer it can take anywhere from 15-20 minutes maybe to nebulize it. Nan
@glendamoseley This is how the inhaled saline can be beneficial. The saline is 7% sodium chloride. It is inhaled as a mist by using a nebulizer. The benefits are that it adds moisture to the phlegm making it thinner and easier to cough up. Phlegm is often very sticky and clings to the insides of your lungs and bronchial tube. Thick phlegm is attractive to mac and pseudomonas. They look for goo to colonize in. It also causes a mild irritation which sometimes will induce coughing. You want that. You want to cough up as much gunk as you can. Did your mom ever tell you to gargle with warm salt water for a sore throat? Well, it is kind of the same concept. You are putting a salt mist into the lungs. The salt kills bacteria or at leadt makes it inhospitable to bacteria. It is good lung hygiene to nebulize saline twice a day. I will pull the saline chart next for you to look at. Back in a minute…..
Still trying to import that chart.
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