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saline solution

I have C.O.P.D and have read that saline solutions help. Does anyone use it and if so how do you go about it. Anything to stop using steroids.

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Saline solution is not for everyone I.e those with occupational lung disease issues.

I was told by my lung doctor is no good if suffering from cotton lung disease or asbestosis.

Given fluff balls have coughed up I would tend to agree with lung doctor AS material lodged in lungs can become lose and obstruct your airways.

Most people should be assessed by lung doctor before using nebulisers.

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Thanks Jeff

Bit more to this than meets the eye.

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Saline and steroids are used for different purposes. Steroids help to reduce inflammation. Saline is used to aid lung clearance. You could ask your GP if s/he thinks 0.9% would be of benefit to you. The stronger sline (hypertonic) is usually hospital directed by a consultant and has to be assessed. Hypertonic is more frequently used in bronchiectasis.

Hope you get sorted.

Cx

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Thanks Cofdrop an apt name for this site.Iam going doc's on Wednesday and will ask them then.

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During a Hospital stay 2 years ago it was discovered that using saline in a nebulizer actually reduced my breathing capacity by 23% and having only 23% remaining lung capacity this was thought to be unwise to say the least!! So Saline does not work for everyone. Get Respiratory nurse to check you out first.

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Thanks hallentine47

c.o.p.d its like a minefield .Will do as you suggest

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