This is slightly a gross question but none the less an important one, over the past month I have had a lung infection (through bronchiectasis) not my COPD despite being on azithromycin 3 times a week. I have had co-amoxiclav twice and still feel unwell and a little breathless and obiously I am concenred what damage this infection might be causing left without treatment. Today I ask my doctors to have my Sputum tested to see what bacteria is causing me the problem and prescirbe me with the correct medication, so for the question.
I can pinpoint my infection preciously to the bottom of my right lung, what is the best method to get the sputum up from this area ? I do not have a flutter device. Normally I would go for a run and try and cough my lungs up on my return, however I feel to0 unwell to do this. I am concerened that unless I get a good sample from where the infection is that it might not contain any bacteria from the infected area and continue to do damage to my lungs and I will be misdiagnosed
I live on my own (apart from my cat so can make as many stupid noises as I like) just want to get it right. Also when is the best time to do this night/morning? The lady in the doctors tells me thaey collect the samples at 9.00am so need to get it in before then.
Thanks for your time in advance