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19 hours ago · Easing the Burdens of Caregivers: Meet @IndianaScott in About Connect

@IndianaScott Hello Scott! My mother had emphazyma due to Alpha-1 (she passed away at age 58). My father retired early and was her sole caregiver. It was hard on him in many ways as I am sure you know. My hat is off to caregivers, I am sure it can feel like a thankless job. I heard a gentleman at a lung transplant support group once say that after his wife's transplant, people would call the house and ask how she was doing. He said "Not a one asked me how I was doing." Scott, how are you doing? How is that wine venture coming along?

20 hours ago · What causes the bacteria to grow in some people and not other? in MAC & Bronchiectasis

@lindam272 , Hi Linda! Boy, haven't we all been there with the coughing in inconvenient places. I used to cough non-stop, sunup to sundown. I had to avoid restaurants, movie theatres, plays, etc.

20 hours ago · What causes the bacteria to grow in some people and not other? in MAC & Bronchiectasis

@jensfcv, Hello Jen, and welcome to our group. I too struggled with excess phlegm for 20+ years. I used to take antihistamines daily to dry up the muck. It helped, but turns out that is the wrong thing to do. Antihistamines can cause the phlegm to solidify and form 'mucous plugs' that in turn cause infection in the lungs. Not only that, but they made me dingy as well. Seventeen years ago, I read books by Dr. Andrew Weil and learned that diet has a lot to do with our health. He stated that the leading cause of many diseases are due to unknown food allergies. He said the most common culprits are DAIRY, EGGS, GLUTEN, and SUGAR. (food dyes are another one) Many of our members on the site agree that those foods do cause them phlegm. He suggested keeping a food diary and doing an elimination diet to see if you notice any changes. I did just that 17 years ago. I noticed a difference by the end of one week. My biggest culprits were gluten and sugar, and food dye. To help ease the symptoms of phlegm, I use 'Breathe Easy' tea by Traditional Medicines. Can be purchased in the natural food isle at Krogers. Plus, doing a twice daily saline breathing treatment with a nebulizer helps clear out the gunk. You can ask your doctor if 7% sodium chloride in a nebulizer would be good for you. Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. Just curious, how did you learn about Mayo Connect?

4 days ago · No symptoms- do I have to be treated? in MAC & Bronchiectasis

@tdrell, Sheesh, girl! You have really been through it! I know te masks can be uncomfortable, but theere is one you can buy at a paint store called P95. It has a filtered breathing gizmo in the front. You can breathe nicely and it does not get sweaty. It blocks out over 95% of particulate matter including bacterias. A pk of two runs about $6.99.

4 days ago · No symptoms- do I have to be treated? in MAC & Bronchiectasis

@tdrell, sinus irregation works for me. I hope it does for you also.

Mon, Feb 12 10:25am · No symptoms- do I have to be treated? in MAC & Bronchiectasis

@tdrell, interesting about the nitrous oxide statement. I was curious a while back myself, so I looked it up on the NIH website. It stated there that it does work to kill off mac; but that it wasn’t cost effective in the delivery , and that they are still working on that.

Mon, Feb 12 10:20am · No symptoms- do I have to be treated? in MAC & Bronchiectasis

@tdrell, Hi Terri. That was excellent advice for Renee. As for you, have you ever been put on the medivation ‘Singulair’ for the rhinitis? I was put on it many years ago and it made a world of difference for me. I still take it