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Chronic bronchial asthma. 2 days coughing up green sputum, no voice, SOB, uncontrolled cough even with benzonatate. No wheeze, o2 94-96%?

Chronic bronchial asthma.  2 days coughing up green sputum, no voice, SOB, uncontrolled cough even with benzonatate. No wheeze, o2 94-96%?

Pneumonia: You have acute pneumonia or bacterial bronchitis and you need urgent medical attention. You also list no medical history of any conditions or medications. Without adequate information about your general health, we cannot provide you with any more advice. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Chemo drugs for lung cancer ?

Chemo drugs for lung cancer
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Yes: Depending on the stage, how advanced the disease is and what type of lung cancer it is, chemotherapy can play a major role in treatment of lung cancer. ...Read more

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Antibiotics for productive cough?

Cough and antibiotic: There can be a lot of reasons for a cough. Since you are not a smoker the most likely is that this is indeed an infection. Your doctor will try to evaluate if this is a viral illness or a bacterial problem. It sounds like you need to be seen. ...Read more

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Chemo not working in stage 4 lung cancer?

Talk woncologist gis: Oncologist will have options most likely. Surgery is not helpful at this stage in general. ...Read more

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Dx stage 2B NSCLC 6 months ago, lobectomy. Too late to do adjuvant chemo?

Dx stage 2B NSCLC 6 months ago, lobectomy. Too late to do adjuvant chemo?

Yes: If a 2b lesion has been completely resected with a lobectomy and there is no problem 6 months post surgery the best approach is for careful follow up. Adjuvant radiation for this stage of disease has shown no survival benefit and adjuvant chemo if initiated following surgery has only shown a 5% improvement in survival. ...Read more

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Started withpost nasal drip & cough. Thursday, exhausted, temp 100 dizzy cough . Sunday diagnosis bronchitis. Today diagnosis pneumonia. On antibiotics. How serious?

Started withpost nasal drip & cough. Thursday, exhausted, temp 100 dizzy cough . Sunday diagnosis bronchitis. Today diagnosis pneumonia. On antibiotics. How serious?

Difficult to say: Difficult to answer specifically, so you should talk with your doctor. In general the "seriousness" of pneumonia can be judged by several factors.The risk posed by pneumonia is increased with age > 65, a fast rep rate or low blood pressure, confusion or delirium, and certain abnormal blood tests indicating problems with kidney function. Coexisting serious illness also increases risk. ...Read more

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4 years cough congestion bronchitis pneumonia with wheez in lungs 5 days Zithromax & nebulizer 2 day steroid still sick wheezes worried plz help ?

4 years cough congestion bronchitis pneumonia with wheez in lungs 5 days Zithromax & nebulizer 2 day steroid still sick wheezes worried  plz help ?

The treatment: may be insufficient and she may need additonal medications like used for asthma. May need her antibiotic to be change to another kind depending the sputum culture result. Also a chest x-ray is in order. Call her pediatrician or seek a pediatrician's attention. ...Read more

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Relief from mouth sore following doxil (liposomal doxorubicin) chemo ?

Relief from mouth sore following doxil (liposomal doxorubicin) chemo ?

MAGIC MOUTHWASH: Mouth sores can be a sign that your white blood cells have dropped. Get labs drawn. For relief of symptoms while discomfort resolves several combinations exist. My favorite: nystatin/maalox/carafate - very soothing. Other include: benadryl/nystatin/maalox - can burn and viscous lidocaine/nystatin/maalox - will numb your entire mouth/tounge. ...Read more

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Gallbladder cancer with severe lung metastasis 4th stage, does chemotherapy work?

Gallbladder cancer with severe lung metastasis 4th stage, does chemotherapy work?

GB cancer is: Uncommon, so few studies done prospectively. Looking at results in people treated empirically, perhaps one person in 10 will respond. That needs to be balanced against side effects that tend to occur in most. Frank discussion about symptom rrelief focus rather than "shrink tumor" at all cost. ...Read more

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Lung Cancer Concern - 33 pk yr smoker. Short of breath, wheezing, sweats, non-stop coughing & phlegm especially in morning. Low dose CT? 47 Y/O.

Lung Cancer Concern - 33 pk yr smoker. Short of breath,  wheezing, sweats, non-stop coughing & phlegm especially in morning.  Low dose CT? 47 Y/O.

This is very serious: You need to do whatever it takes to stop smoking now. Otherwise this is your whole future. I doubt you have lung cancer, or that screening saves many lives, but nowadays who gets screened with low-dose CT is politics and you should accept if offered. You may have an acute infection, even pertussis. An antitrypsin level may be in order though with any result smoking cessation is imperative. ...Read more

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My baby has cold flu bronchitis pertussis, treatment?

My baby has cold flu bronchitis pertussis, treatment?

M.D. visit: Your physician can order a test to determine if your baby has pertussis and/or the flu. There are also a number of viruses which can cause cold symptoms. Checking the baby's temperature and discussing the possible treatment regimen is the next step. ...Read more

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Aunt- stage 4 lung cancer, no treatment weak heart, swollen neck lymph, coughing up blood, oxygen, hospice, life expectancy?

Aunt- stage 4 lung cancer, no treatment weak heart, swollen neck lymph, coughing up blood, oxygen, hospice, life expectancy?

Preterminal: Unfortunately the patient appears to be preterminal with life expectancy predicted to be in days or weeks. Hospice care will ensure that pain and suffering will be avoided and will not prolong death. I assume that the patient and family understands and agrees with this plan of care. ...Read more

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My father had hodgkins chemo killed original cancer but whilst having chemo non hodgkin's grew chemo didnt work now spread brain lung how much time?

My father had hodgkins chemo killed original cancer but whilst having chemo non hodgkin's grew chemo didnt work now spread brain lung how much time?

Be prepared: Advancing lymphoma that is not responsive to treatment usually means a relatively short life span remains, so it is best to prepare and enjoy the present with your loved one. Occasionally, clinical trials of newer drugs may be available for people who have failed conventional treatments, but these are "last ditch" attempts and may not increase survival much, but do help us to learn for future pts. ...Read more

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Stage 4 nsclc adenocarcinoma metatasized 10 months now coughing and spitting up blood, requiring immediate blood transfusion. Why?

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Stage 4 nsclc adenocarcinoma metatasized 10 months now coughing and spitting up blood, requiring immediate blood transfusion. Why?

Natural course of dz: I am very concerned with the symptoms. That indicates perhaps now the disease has progressed more-especially with presence of significant anemia. There is a possibility that now the cancer has gone to the bone marrow and supress normal blood production. The cancer in the lung may have gotten bigger that's explaining presence of cough/spitting blood. Need treatment ( chemo and radiation th) d/w md. ...Read more

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How effective iressa (gefitinib) for lung cancer after chemo?

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How effective iressa (gefitinib) for  lung cancer after chemo?

Only if ..: Gefitinib will only work if there is a egfr mutation detected on the cancer. It will not be effective if there is no egfr mutation detected. ...Read more

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Started w/ cold symptoms w/ very dry cough. In last 2 days, deteriorated to deep/painful cough + nasal/ear congestion. Antibiotics? Bronchitis? Flu?

Viral URI: This sounds like a viral upper respiratory infection, which is common at this time of year. Decongestants (eg, pseudoephedrine) and Ibuprofen are common home remedies. Antibiotics not usually helpful (and may be harmful) . A tincture of time is usually therapeutic. See your doctor if cough becomes productive or bloody, if fever returns above 101, if ear congestion turns to pain. ...Read more

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Cough, chest congestion & wheezing w/ deep breaths for ~3 wks. Cough can be aggressive @ times & barely productive. When productive, phlegm is thick.

Cough, chest congestion & wheezing w/ deep breaths for ~3 wks. Cough can be aggressive @ times & barely productive. When productive, phlegm is thick.

Seek help asap: You will need to see a doc ASAP. Antibiotics, bronchodilators , possible admission are in order. Probably all viral but if fevers and xray show anything they might start antibiotics. Meanwhile, keep yourself well hydrated. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more