Saline Concentration

Posted by thumperguy @thumperguy, Jul 6, 2021

I’m pretty sure I remember mention here about the practice of combining different concentrations of saline solution for nebulizing, e.g., 3% & 7%. I’m eager to know how that worked. Don

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Who can say? I only do it if my throat is irritated by something like allergies…
So far, so good, except I managed to get into something almost 3 weeks ago that led to a flare. Managed to calm it without antibiotics, but still waiting to see the pulmo for an eval.
Not bad – over 18 months with saline and no antibiotics!
Sue

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@sueinmn

Who can say? I only do it if my throat is irritated by something like allergies…
So far, so good, except I managed to get into something almost 3 weeks ago that led to a flare. Managed to calm it without antibiotics, but still waiting to see the pulmo for an eval.
Not bad – over 18 months with saline and no antibiotics!
Sue

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@sueinmn, would love to know how you calmed flare without antibiotics? Thanks. Glenda

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NEBS! I usually use levalbuterol and 7% saline. The doc (a sub) prescribed duoneb (irpatropium bromide plus albuterol) and budosenide (a steroid neb) 3X per day each for 3 days plus lay off the saline for those days. Then to each once a day and levalbuterol in between if needed. She offered antibiotics, but everything that works also makes me sick.

As of today, I am on duoneb & saline once a day, levalbuterol if needed.
I would say this has worked 90% – in spite of our hot humid weather. Today I had only one coughing session, aside from after my saline. The pain in my lungs is almost gone & my energy is slowly coming back. Oh, and caught it before pneumonia actually set in…

By the way, this has been my first flare since I stopped the Big-3 in December 2019 (still MAC-positive) and switched to 7% saline plus levalbuterol. I also use 600mg NAC (oral) and 1200mg Ultra-Omega each day. This is probably the first time I have ever felt & said that a supplement is having a positive effect on my lungs.

We'll see what the pulmonologist has to say in a few weeks (waiting for an appointment.) I'm pretty sure there will be some sputum cultures in my near future.
Sue

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GROSS ALERT! People often wonder how deeply nebs penetrate our lungs read my new discussion "How well do nebs work?" https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/just-how-well-do-nebs-work-anyway/
Sue

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@sueinmn

GROSS ALERT! People often wonder how deeply nebs penetrate our lungs read my new discussion "How well do nebs work?" https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/just-how-well-do-nebs-work-anyway/
Sue

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I would like to read that discussion on nebs.

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@montsy

I would like to read that discussion on nebs.

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Montsy, here's the link to @sueinmn's new discussion:
– MAC: Just how well do nebs work, anyway? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/just-how-well-do-nebs-work-anyway/

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@colleenyoung

Montsy, here's the link to @sueinmn's new discussion:
– MAC: Just how well do nebs work, anyway? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/just-how-well-do-nebs-work-anyway/

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Very helpful…thanks for sending!

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