Ever Discouraged Not To Take Antibiotics?
I’m confused by my pulmonologist’s discouraging me from taking antibiotics for exacerbation because “based on the CT scan my Bronchiectasis is mild and there appears to be no infection. Even though I religious follow my airway clearance and nebulizer protocols, my sputum had turned from my usual clear raw egg whites consistency to thick, dark colored and very difficult to cough up, and my O2 sats had dropped to 90, so I was asking if I could start an antibiotic. This confuses me because doing a ZPak is the only thing that helps break it up when an infection is starting. Has anybody else received similar advice? It seems so counterproductive to allow the mucus to get thick and damage my lungs further rather than to treat exacerbation early. Most of what I’ve read indicates patients need to get rid of that stuff to minimize the damage.