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Sticky Mucus

Hello,

I have had a viral infection of the lungs since November. I produce a consistent sticky mucus, which is very difficult to cough up and out. The doctor has checked my chest and oxygen levels and there is nothing serious in there. Any advice would help, by the way I have had asthma since a baby and use Symbicort and Salbutamol spray and take montelukast at night,

Thank you, Michael

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Perhaps ask the GP to send off a sample.

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Thanks I might do that, though I think it is viral as it is completely clear no yellow at all,

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Hi. This is what I suffered with for years after a chest infection. It really does get you down. I eventually went for a CT scan and that’s when I was diagnosed with Bronchiectasis. Do you have any other symptoms? I would go back to your doctor or another and ask for a second opinion. Hope this helps, take care.

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Thanks Bertie 50, I'll bear it in mind if it lingers too long e.g. over the summer.

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Same with me.

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Hi, I have not been on here for a long time and have been catching up on posts. I was given Carbocistine tablets, which thins the sticky mucus. They are a god send and make it a lot easier to clear my chest. Hope this info helps

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Hello Michael, I suffer with Bronchiectusis and I constantly cough up a lot of sticky mucas, and since taking Carbasisteen tablets I find it easier to cough up than before. It might be a good idea to mention it to your G.P. Please let us know how you get on Michael? Take care ✋️🙂

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I take Salbutamol, Ipratropium and 6% saline nebulised daily, this is designed so that the Salbutamol can help prevent any bronchospasm and open the airways, Ipratropium is also a bronchodilator but is a longer acting and needs to be taken consistently to work correctly, the 6% saline is taken deep into the lungs to thin the thick sputum to allow it to be huffed and then coughed up. Combined with postural drainage, self clapping huffing and coughing up this is effective for me. I also use a green acapella which sets up a vibration in the chest to shake the sputum loose.

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