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Female, age 70, has the third severe bronchitis like symptom in a year, each lasting more than 3 weeks. Albuterol inhaler causes more cough. Cause?

Female, age 70, has the third severe bronchitis like symptom in a year, each lasting more than 3 weeks.  Albuterol inhaler causes more cough.  Cause?

COPD?: She may have copd. Cxr and pfts are very useful. Most patients need anti inflammatory medications such as inhaled steroids. Spiriva is often quite useful also. Albuterol dilates the airways but does not treat the underlying inflammation. Have her checked by a lung doc. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways, caused ...Read more


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5 y/o being treated for croup, cough is getting worse- but more bronchitis than croup. Is this to be expected? Croup 3X this year.

5 y/o being treated for croup, cough is getting worse- but more bronchitis than croup. Is this to be expected?  Croup 3X this year.

Mgt/ workup: Croup may recur and is caused by a number of viruses. I would suggest seeing your pediatric lung specialist.In addition, airway structural changes, foreign body aspiration and persistent inflammation of the airway may be related to the symptoms. A virtual appointment is also available. Making a recording of the sound and noting when it is worse, will help in the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can some 1 be pregnant for more than 2 years?

Can some 1 be pregnant for more than 2 years?

Jokes on us: You do not need a physician to tell you that pregnancy lasts nine months. It has lasted nine months since the beginning of man. ...Read more

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I'm a lately bipolar diagnosed, have much more lasting deppressive-like episodes than hypomanic. Meds is making me feel worse than without, advice?

I'm a lately bipolar diagnosed, have much more lasting deppressive-like episodes than hypomanic. Meds is making me feel worse than without, advice?

Please let your dr: Know your side effects & in what way your symptoms are worsening. Cymbalta (duloxetine) is a great med but can sometimes complicate bipolar picture. ...Read more

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Persistent cold and fever for 3yr old female child. Cold more than 2 months and fever more than 15 days with ear ache?

Persistent cold and fever for 3yr old female child. Cold more than 2 months and fever more than 15 days with ear ache?

Go see your doctor: Colds can last a long time during winter time, but a fever should not last that long. If your child is having daily fevers then your doctor needs to find the source of that infection! ...Read more

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I have chronic productive cough & mild fever for more than 6 months more at night. No hemoptysis or chest pain cxr http://bit.Ly/1absnn1 is it cancer?

I have chronic productive cough & mild fever for more than 6 months more at night. No hemoptysis or chest pain cxr http://bit.Ly/1absnn1 is it cancer?

Cancer unlikely: Other conditions have to be considered such as infections that can reactivate as immunity goes down such as tb. I don't how to see the cxr to evaluate it. Go to pmd to get all the work up and referral to a lung specialist if necessary thereafter. ...Read more

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Wheezing. Short of breath 3 weeks. Better with meds for 2 days then wheezing again. Using neb every 4 hrs. Could it be something other than asthma?

Wheezing. Short of breath 3 weeks.  Better with meds for 2 days then wheezing again.  Using neb every 4 hrs.  Could it be something other than asthma?

Uncontrolled asthma: You are getting into serious trouble and need to see your doctor asap because you end up in the hospital. If you use solely a nebulized bronchodilator for your asthma regularly your asthma may actually get worse. ...Read more

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What is the reason for prolonged periods lasting more than 2 weeks ?

What is the reason for prolonged periods lasting more than 2 weeks ?

Choice is up to you: Abnormal periods need evaluation; sonogram, lab tests. Non-surgical options include: birth control pills. Lysteda (non-hormonal rx taken during period), Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. Minimally invasive options: endometrial ablation (in-office), hysteroscopy polyp removal or fibroid resection; and only if these treatments fail then consider hysterectomy - vaginal or laparoscopic if possible. ...Read more

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4 half baby persistent cough since first immunisation occasionally wheezing but getting more persistent cough like mucus filled 2 courses antibiotics?

4 half baby persistent cough since first immunisation occasionally wheezing but getting more persistent cough like mucus filled 2 courses antibiotics?

Cough & wheezing: Cough and wheezing in babies are usually caused by respiratory viruses that don't need antibiotics. A nebulizer treatment can be tried. Some bad viruses like RSV cause cough that persist for a while during recovery. Maybe you need a second opinion on how to treat your baby's condition. ...Read more

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Chronic laryngitis lasting more than 1 week with difficulty breathing could this be phneumonia?

Chronic laryngitis  lasting more than 1 week with difficulty breathing could this be phneumonia?

NOT LIKELY BUT: Acute laryngitis is usually caused by viruses and gets better with or without treatment in 5 to 10 days, it can be associated with cough you are having difficulty in breathing, it can be bronchitis, but you should have cough but you did not mention, it can be viral or bacterial pnuomonia, it is a possobility you should check with your doctor, as we dont have enough information to tell you. ...Read more

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Can meningitis symptoms last for more than 20 days?

Can meningitis symptoms last for more than 20 days?

Yes: Bacterial meningitis would be fatal before being present 20 days and viral meningitis doesn't generally last that long. There are many causes of chronic meningitis that can cause prolonged symptoms such as fungal meningitis due to cryptococcus or coccidiodomycosis, TB meningitis, sarcoidosis, cancer etc. ...Read more

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Can early HIV symptoms persist for more than 5months?

Can early HIV symptoms persist for more than 5months?

HIV infection: Please clarify. What are 'early symptoms' of hiv? Most people with new HIV infection do not have any symptoms. ...Read more

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4 months old w/symptoms similar of those of a cold or bronchiolitis. Air travel scheduled 2 months ago. Neb treatment for cough spasms. Travel ok?

4 months old w/symptoms similar of those of a cold or bronchiolitis. Air travel scheduled 2 months ago. Neb treatment for cough spasms. Travel ok?

Ask your infant's: doctor. They can answer this more appropriately based on their exam of him/her and the specific treatment. It also depends on how long the flight is. You may not be able to give him a neb treatment on the plane. Please give a call to the pediatrician before you go. ...Read more

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2 y/o has flu and reactive airway disease. Currently taking Tamaflu/prednisone/albuterol treatments. Cough is worse after treatments-barking. Normal??

2 y/o has flu and reactive airway disease. Currently taking Tamaflu/prednisone/albuterol treatments. Cough is worse after treatments-barking. Normal??

Yes it can be: The barky cough may represent a croup cough with wheezing in your son's spectrum of illness. The prednisone should help it out! Hydrate, take lots of steamy baths.showers and plug away with the nebulizer treatment. Consider Saline nasal spary for his nose. ...Read more

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If diplopia lasts 10-14 days with 3-4 yrs between attacks is stroke/ms more likely than mg.Slight dv daily ? Muscle now weak from earlier problems.

If diplopia lasts 10-14 days  with 3-4 yrs  between attacks is stroke/ms  more likely than mg.Slight dv daily ? Muscle now weak from earlier problems.

Possibilties: Yes, you can experience diplopia from multiple sclerosis, brainstem strokes, and myasthenia gravis, and all can be sorted out by an expert neurologist. A number of diagnostic tests can readily sort out these disorders, and confirm causation. ...Read more

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49 yof, extreme lethgary, freq, lung infections, now periods lasting more than 2 wks. What could be the cause?

49 yof, extreme lethgary, freq, lung infections, now periods lasting more than 2 wks. What could be the cause?

The list: Of possibilities is long but specific answers may only come from a detailed consultation with your internist and/or pulmonologist. Infection, immunocompromise, restrictive/obstructive lung disease, allergic response, asthmatic bronchitis, collapsed lung tissue. A detailed history, lab parameters and radiographic tests may be necessary. ...Read more

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What if my inlaw has increased TSH LEVEL MORE THAN 30, and anti TPO antibody more than 1000, with age 30 and averagebuilt lady, without any complaints?

What if my inlaw has increased TSH LEVEL MORE THAN 30, and anti TPO antibody more than 1000, with age 30 and averagebuilt lady, without any complaints?

Ask doctor: If they have no complaints, I would repeat the tests to make sure that the lab did not make an error or get the samples mixed up with another person's. If tests were accurate, ask your doctor to look for signs of hypothyroidism(Hashimoto's) such as enlarged thyroid, fatigue, constipation , cold intolerance etc. On the other hand, this may turn out to be an unique case which defies common wisdom . ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...Read more