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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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Thanks Sue. I imagine the asthma is a big complication added with the BE and NTM. So far I haven’t had a respiratory illness in a few years, but I have had a couple of oddball infections, but not given azithromycin. I find myself going to urgent care when I do have something instead of my primary doctor because it’s rare to get in to see my primary the same day.

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Hi Sue, can you clarify "why" we don't take azithromycin" by itself. My understanding is that alone it is the most important drug to have for mycobacterium, but it is also the most important antibiotic to have available for "crisis infections" that could come down the road. They give the other 2 antibiotics (rifampin and erythromycin) to keep our bodies from building up a resistance to the azithromycin so that it can be useful for the longest possible time. Is this right?