I am after some advice from you wise people as getting slightly confused with my Mums condition/treatment..
She has recently turned 93, had Covid in Jan this year, recovered. Then had a bad spell May /June and finally a sputum sample was taken and showed various bacteria ( 4 types I think) . This was eventually treated with a targeted antibiotic Ciprofloxacin which made her feel awful but she managed to finish a 1 week course . At the same time we paid privately to see a Bronchiectasis consultant as she was so bad and GP would.not refer himself.
Consultant tried her on Erdosteine instead of Carbosteine and gave her Fostair inhaler instead of ventolin(?)
She had a really good run over the summer ( not literally) and was able to dead head flowers, drink gin in the sun and had some energy.
In early Oct she had her flu jab and felt a a little bit rough and then not long after started to decline. Numerous sputum samples showed candida. 1st GP felt this was from Fostair and said it was probably just candida colonisation. But since then her cough worsened and she was coughing up yellow/green phlegm rather than the usual white. Loss of appetite, hot and cold and so tired. Tested for Covid and was clear. She has been treated with 3 different penicillin based antibiotics and had a chest xray which has ruled out pneumonia. On Friday she was given 1 week of Doxycycline (spelling?) and may be a little better. GP took another sputum sample last week and I have had a message to say it shows yeast infection ( candida still) and they will leave treatment at pharmacy. I don't know what they are issuing as need to collect it today.
If you are still with me and thank you to those that are...can candida in lungs cause these problems? Is this a chest infection just caused by candida. Is Fostair or repeated antibiotics causing the candida to become present? Are we now on a viscious circle of the preventative treatment causing issues.
Mum has finally been referred to a respiratory team ( where the Bronchiectasis consultant is based) but I have been told an 18 week wait at least.
Has anyone else had the same problem and can explain to me what candida does, can it just be present in the lungs and not cause problems. Also should I ask GP for 2nd week of Doxycycline and in your experience is this the best antibiotic for Bronchiectasis patients to be started on. I feel she has had 3 different lots of antibiotics to no effect and her condition had really got worse.
Any thoughts appreciated xx