Cough is back

Posted by Terri Martin, Volunteer Mentor @windwalker, Sep 25 10:03am

Hello all. I now have a persistent cough with stuff coming up. As I reported back in June, I was taken off of antibiotics (I had been on them for 7 yrs). I had been doing well, but now the cough is back. I think I may have caught it from a six yr old neighbor. We usually walk our dogs together and try to socially distance, but being only 6, she would drift in close to me at times. She got very sick with a bad cough and very infected throat. Against my better judgement, I still walked with her. Anyway, my dr had prescribed me an antibiotic to keep on hand in case of an exacerbation. Not sure whether to start taking that or go back on my tobramycin in case it is mac or pseudo trying to come back. This cough could also be from my daughter's cat (she moved in with me at the end of June in may be allegic). What to do, what to do???

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Hi Terry @windwalker, Yikes! Don't you hate those what to do questions? Sorry to hear that your persistent cough came back. Dumb question from me but does the mucous that comes up with the cough seem similar (color, etc.) to what it was before you went on your tobramycin? Are you able to ask you doctor for advice on whether to use the antibiotic or go back to your tobramycin? I inherited my neighbors kitten when they found out their son was allergic to cats but he would break out in a rash where he hugged the cat. Hope the cough goes away quick!

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Argh! Terry – I was faced with a similar situation with increased clear mucus and some chest pressure.

Decided to treat as an allergy first, then proceed. Upped my inhaler and Breathe Easy tea and I'm doing better but still frequently short of breath. Seeing my primary Tuesday for another pre-op (more hand surgery) and will get her opinion.

If your mucus is stickier or colored, I would call doc. Otherwise treat as allergy first and see what happens? Cats are deadly for me, even being around someone who has one at home can give me an asthma attack.

Sue

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@windwalker Oh no, sorry to hear that, maby try your Dr antibiotic and do a sputum or 3 to check for mac and pseudo. Really I have no idea tho so do what you think. lol Take care Heather

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@windwalker Terri, oh dear, hate to hear that your cough is back. I've been coughing still for two and half years and I've been doing allergy shots for a year and that's has helped some (I also have cats and one is sitting in my lap at the moment and I'm mildly allergic so go figure). But it's weird because these past two days my cough has gotten worse in the late afternoon, evening….I also have ragweed allergies which is in bloom so I don't know if it's that (even with the allergy shots) or what it is. I just tested negative a few months ago for any bugs so I'm thinking this is allergens. I hope you don't have any bugs back. I would tend to try the antibiotic first and see if that helps since you have it on hand. But I'm certainly not an expert. I think that coughs are such an enigma. I don't think doctors really know what to do with them. I've had two pulmonologists that really didn't seen to care about my coughing. Thank goodness I have a bottle of cough syrup with codeine (but not codeine…it's something else because you're hard pressed to get codeine anymore) for when it ever gets bad at night. And then I changed it up with some over the counter cough syrups….keep us posted on how it's going. Nan

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@johnbishop

Hi Terry @windwalker, Yikes! Don't you hate those what to do questions? Sorry to hear that your persistent cough came back. Dumb question from me but does the mucous that comes up with the cough seem similar (color, etc.) to what it was before you went on your tobramycin? Are you able to ask you doctor for advice on whether to use the antibiotic or go back to your tobramycin? I inherited my neighbors kitten when they found out their son was allergic to cats but he would break out in a rash where he hugged the cat. Hope the cough goes away quick!

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Hi John. I have been monitoring the color of the sputem. So far, it is clear, which is a good sign. How are you doing?

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@sueinmn

Argh! Terry – I was faced with a similar situation with increased clear mucus and some chest pressure.

Decided to treat as an allergy first, then proceed. Upped my inhaler and Breathe Easy tea and I'm doing better but still frequently short of breath. Seeing my primary Tuesday for another pre-op (more hand surgery) and will get her opinion.

If your mucus is stickier or colored, I would call doc. Otherwise treat as allergy first and see what happens? Cats are deadly for me, even being around someone who has one at home can give me an asthma attack.

Sue

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Hi Sue. I suspect it is the cat also. I have been taking antihistamines which seem to be working, but I do not want that to be my permanent solution. I also put a hepa free standing air purifier in my bedroom and I think that has been helping. So, you are having the shortness of breath too? Me too, more than usual. I think mine is due to the high humidity here. I can't wait for that to go away.

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@nannette

@windwalker Terri, oh dear, hate to hear that your cough is back. I've been coughing still for two and half years and I've been doing allergy shots for a year and that's has helped some (I also have cats and one is sitting in my lap at the moment and I'm mildly allergic so go figure). But it's weird because these past two days my cough has gotten worse in the late afternoon, evening….I also have ragweed allergies which is in bloom so I don't know if it's that (even with the allergy shots) or what it is. I just tested negative a few months ago for any bugs so I'm thinking this is allergens. I hope you don't have any bugs back. I would tend to try the antibiotic first and see if that helps since you have it on hand. But I'm certainly not an expert. I think that coughs are such an enigma. I don't think doctors really know what to do with them. I've had two pulmonologists that really didn't seen to care about my coughing. Thank goodness I have a bottle of cough syrup with codeine (but not codeine…it's something else because you're hard pressed to get codeine anymore) for when it ever gets bad at night. And then I changed it up with some over the counter cough syrups….keep us posted on how it's going. Nan

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Will keep you posted! Are you coming to Bluffton any time soon?

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@heathert

@windwalker Oh no, sorry to hear that, maby try your Dr antibiotic and do a sputum or 3 to check for mac and pseudo. Really I have no idea tho so do what you think. lol Take care Heather

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Hi Heather! You know me, I will stay on top of this. What have you been up to?

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@windwalker

Hi John. I have been monitoring the color of the sputem. So far, it is clear, which is a good sign. How are you doing?

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Hi Terri! So good to see you posting again. I'm doing better than I deserve and enjoying it. A balmy 55 degrees here and I can feel winter on the doorstep…it's way too early.

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@windwalker

Will keep you posted! Are you coming to Bluffton any time soon?

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@windwalker Terri, I hope to! Will let you know! Nan

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Terri, I'm so very sorry you are having trouble. I know you will figure it out. I have had a tremendous increase in clear mucus over the last few months. My doctor said she could give me something but because bacteria love mucus, she would rather not dry it up. Today was particularly bad. Every evening, I chat with a friend on the phone before bedtime and I had such a hard time trying to talk tonight that we had to hang up.

Have you had allergies? If so, it sure sounds like
something triggered them. I have been allergy tested and, lucky me, I am ok except for dust mites. I wonder if pseudomonas is triggering my mucus. I know you are quite knowledgeable about that bacteria. Do they cause increased mucus?

I hope you are soon better. Coughing is so bothersome.

Rita

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@windwalker

Hi Sue. I suspect it is the cat also. I have been taking antihistamines which seem to be working, but I do not want that to be my permanent solution. I also put a hepa free standing air purifier in my bedroom and I think that has been helping. So, you are having the shortness of breath too? Me too, more than usual. I think mine is due to the high humidity here. I can't wait for that to go away.

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HI Terri – Can you put a HEPA filter on your heating & ventilation system & keep it running full-time? We had one installed 2 years ago wit our new furnace & AC & I can't begin to tell you how much it has helped me. And my husband faithfully replaces the filters so I don't have to handle them.
Yes, I have more SOB now due to pollen – sadly a lot of my walking & gardening has been curtailed because even with a mask, being outdoors makes me itch. Actually hoping for frost very soon, as is my brother, so we can have a safe outdoor family gathering before winter. We have only seen our (not socially distant) siblings in drive-by mode since last winter.
FYI – when we saw an allergist for my daughter 30 years ago, her very first question was whether there was or ever had been a cat in our home.
Sue

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Hi Sue. I used to have a hepa filter that fit into the air intake opening. I have not been able to find them anymore in the box stores like Lowe's, or Home Depot. I will have to look into a whole house hepa system, or look online for the hepa filters. Cats are bad news for those of us with lung issues because their dander is sticky and sticks to everything in the house, and inside the lungs. I hope that you get the frost you are looking for and see your family. Take care!

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@rits

Terri, I'm so very sorry you are having trouble. I know you will figure it out. I have had a tremendous increase in clear mucus over the last few months. My doctor said she could give me something but because bacteria love mucus, she would rather not dry it up. Today was particularly bad. Every evening, I chat with a friend on the phone before bedtime and I had such a hard time trying to talk tonight that we had to hang up.

Have you had allergies? If so, it sure sounds like
something triggered them. I have been allergy tested and, lucky me, I am ok except for dust mites. I wonder if pseudomonas is triggering my mucus. I know you are quite knowledgeable about that bacteria. Do they cause increased mucus?

I hope you are soon better. Coughing is so bothersome.

Rita

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Thanks Rita, I am working on getting rid of this cough. Bacterias can cause an increase in mucous as well as allergens, that is why nebbing w/saline is so important. We have to be diligent about getting that mess up and out of our lungs. Rita, what are you doing these days to keep busy during covid?

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@johnbishop

Hi Terri! So good to see you posting again. I'm doing better than I deserve and enjoying it. A balmy 55 degrees here and I can feel winter on the doorstep…it's way too early.

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Hello John. I am so glad that you are feeling good! I am a little envious of your weather right now, this S.C. humidity is killing me right now. We have rain here today and yesterday; and with it came a little bit cooler temps. I am headed up to Virginia this week and believe it will be cooler there too.

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