From the research I have done, the suggested treatment calls for the use of an anti-fungal (Sporanox) and a steroid. Which steroid do you recommend and how long should it be taken? My coughing is extremely bad when I laydown to sleep. Every couple of hours I wake up coughing so bad because of an extreme amount of phlegm build-up. After 10-15 minutes of violently coughing up the phlegm I lay back down and try to sleep but have troulbe breathing. This has been going on for about 6 weeks. I went to the dr. 2 weeks ago and was prescribed antibiotics and steroids. The steroids helped very much but my prescription has ran out and all the symptoms have returned. Which steroids do you recommend and how long should they be taken?
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Have you been tested for aspergillus? It can show up in your blood tests and your sputum. Sporanox is an extremely good drug which successfully works for some. It didn't for me and I have been on voriconazole for a few years. It has helped me as I thought I was on my last legs before I started it. Do you have bronchiectasis? I do and have copious amounts of sputum like you. I think you should see a chest consultant about your concerns as your gp isn't the person to treat aspergillus. Hope this helps.
I have been on prednisilone for 42 years, with a break of about a year in all that time. I am on it for life now. But just a maintanence dose of 5mgs daily. Sometimes when I have an exacerbation I am on 40mgs.
I didn't mean bronchitis, I meant bronchiectasis which causes lots of phlegm and a terrible cough.
As others have said this is a job for your doctors. If symptoms persist then go to your GP and they will be able to make an informed judgement about referral. If you feel that you have not been accurately diagnosed (because the current treatment is not providing a permanent cure) then tell your GP you would like to be further investigated.
Steroids are a standard treatment for some forms of aspergillosis (ABPA).
Not having health insurance makes it very difficult. My last doctors visits cost me the little money I have but only helped my condition temperarily. The only help I can get is from message boards like these. I'm very skeptical about the information given by the pharmaceutical industry and give more credibility to personal experience. Sharing your experience with these medications helps me a lot. Thanks again, best of luck...