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What is the role of an ID doctor?

MAC & Bronchiectasis | Last Active: Sep 14 7:49pm | Replies (12)

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Yes, I do have a primary doctor, but I think I would have to clue her in how to treat me. I’ve only seen her for my annual checkups and this past spring was the first one since being diagnosed with MAC. Of course she was unfamiliar with MAC and bronchiectasis. From what I’ve learned from webinars and these forums is that I should not be treated with azithromycin ( if she feels I need antibiotics) or steroids. Am I correct?

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So, I travel a lot, and if I get an exacerbation and need to go to my primary or Urgent Care, I am feeling so rotten that steroids are the only way to calm things down, so I take the short-term risk. Usually it is viral – cold or bronchitis, or a bad asthma attack, so I decline antibiotics. My ID doc recommended this approach almost 4 years ago and it has worked so far – only got antibiotics when it was strep, and it wasn't azithromycin.
Sue