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 Does Excessive Mucus ever Quit by itself?
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Sandy9s
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Posted - Mar 10 2019 :  5:02:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just wondering if excessive phlegm or mucus ever quits on its own? It's in my head, nose, singing vocal passages, and bronchials. I do neti-pots; I gargle salt water; I've finished a 21-day prednisone regimen; I take 3 - 250 mg. azithromycin pills per week; I drink many, many glasses of water per day; I take a mucinex a couple of times per day; I will drink Robitussin cough medicine occasionally; I do my Smart Vest x 3 times/day @ 10 minutes each........everything to try to get rid of this darned mucus.

What have I missed?

Dave-OH
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Posted - Mar 10 2019 :  8:34:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ask your doctor to do a genetic test for CF. 2,000 different genes, and mild CF does cause those symptoms. There is a new medication for it, and it works on the mildest as well as the poster child versions.

Also, ask your doctor about hypertonic saline. Works by having the lungs excrete water between the mucus and the lung wall, and also hydrating the surface.

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Sandy9s
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Posted - Mar 10 2019 :  9:32:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Dave. I will do that at my next appt........in a couple of months unless I need him quicker.

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sslei
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Posted - Mar 11 2019 :  11:39:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have not had any mucus to speak of for a couple of months now , most of mine seemed to come from post nasal drip and believe you me, I had to pull some finger sized strands from my throat. I had forgotten that a person at a health place had told me to try Quercitin and Bromelaide the spelling may be wrong , and I started taking it again and not having any problems now. Does not mean I won't in the future.
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Mar 11 2019 :  12:35:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Call your doctor and told them someone suggested you try hypertonic saline. Ask for a Rx for 3% to try. Do you have a nebulizer and compressor? You need to use altubterol 15 or so minutes before.

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Dave-OH
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Posted - Mar 11 2019 :  12:55:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I do not think I have properly explain how hypertonic saline works. Normal saline if .9% salt. Hypertonic is between 3 and 7% salt

Mucus is sticking to the walls of the lungs. There is not enough hydrating layer between the mucus and the lungs. When you introduce a high salt content water to the lungs, the body wants to reduce the salt level to normal saline. To do that the blood vessels in the lungs put water into the lung walls. That loosens the mucus from the walls while it reduces the saline to "normal". That makes it easier to move the mucus.

The other key is reducing inflammation, and the azithromycin does that.

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Sandy9s
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Posted - Mar 11 2019 :  3:56:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a nebulizer and compresser -- I use DuoNebs about 3 times/day.

But I usually use my Omron Portable little Nebulizer.

Thanks, Dave.

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paulmjo
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Posted - Mar 14 2019 :  09:46:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I tried hypertonic saline in nebulizer, maybe just a fluke, but after treatment became very short of breath, felt like lungs were irritated, may try again to see what happens. Anyone had negative effects?
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Posted - Mar 15 2019 :  08:57:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You need to use albuterol first and wait a few minutes between if you have a reaction. Also did you try 3% ot 7%?

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