bad coughing on returning back to UK , after holiday abroad.

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Hi, I wonder if anyone else has had this same problem please, we go to Lanzarote for three months at a time in the winter to get away from cold damp UK. but when i return to UK i start a lot of mucus and coughing very bad. I had a blood test and it shown it was not a chest infection, i contacted the consultant at the hospital who said it could be inflammation and to just take steroids, that worked last time and im trying them again this time as im exactly the same, in hopes that they work again, It is as if my lungs can not cope with the bad air in the midlands after the nice sea air in Lanzarote, Has any one come across anything like this at all, I would be great full of any thoughts. I do a bit of gardening when i'm in the UK we have carpets unlike the tiled floors in Lanza, I was considering an air purifier as well , I dont know if they would help. Thank you Pam.

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    Hi pam.

    I seem to cough more when I land back in the UK im wondering if it's all the germs on the aeroplane! When you think of how many people are on a flight it's likely you can pick up some germs. Also I have now mainly got wooden flooring all through my house to alleviate allergies. I cough all day every day but I am infection free at the moment. I inclined to think the air is drier and better abroad in a warm country whereas here we have different weather every day.

    My advice is get yrself an aerobika which helps clear the mucus. Use it on a daily basis morning and evening.

    Alternatively move abroad which is my aim in a few years time.

    Good luck


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      Hi Rachel

      Luckily for me I now live abroad, been here 30 years, but this heat wave has been an absolute killer (40°)

      unusual for where I live. So don't think that the hotter the better, with breathing difficulties not true, constant is the best and certainly not damp. I cope quite well with the winters here, they can be very cold but a dry cold unlike the UK. I use a snood (designed for people with Reynauds disease) so that I don't breathe in cold air, easiest version as I am on oxygen, just slip it over the head.

      Cordialement Sue

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    Your symptoms sound like it could be an allergy of some sort, but I myself had the symptoms you described and after having numerous x rays and a ct scan found I had bronchiectasis.

    I also suffer with allergies, asthma and rhinitis which can be a nightmare.

    Fexofenadine is a good antihistamine on prescription, the otc ones make me drowsy.

    Dymista nasal spray also on prescription is a good one to have.

    It sounds like the answer would be to move to Lanzarote, I too am from the midlands and that would be my ideal thing to do. If Only!!

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    I take heavy duty turmeric tablets as they are a powerful anti-inflammatory and I find they seem to work

    (I still get the once-a-year bronchitis infection but generally no more than that). Avoiding sugary things is probably an idea too as sugar is known to be an inflammatory. Other than that I just try to keep reasonably physically fit. Moving abroad is always an exciting option too though!

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    I have an air purifier as pollen is one of my great enemies I set it up by the frond door

    I would absolutely hate to live back in the UK after the pure clean mountain

    air I get living here, mini mountains of the Morvan Natural Park in France and I

    struggle enough here.

    Carpets hold so much dust and fluff, could you think of laying tiles instead ? I have tiles or parquet.

    Much as I loved all my rescue dogs (8) now that I only have the two non shedding dogs,

    with out the constant hair all over the place I am a bit better. Before any one thinks

    badly of me, they died of old age and cancer and the last little one an accident, he put

    his foot down a mouse hole, hit his chest so hard he ruptured the cord that held the

    valve to his heart. Vet within an hour but nothing could ever have been done to save him.

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      Thank you, but as it so happens I will now not be leaving a packet of dogs for my daughter to look after, was worried about that, her work will not allow her to travel with multiple dogs so the tiny one she will be taking is ideal, my friend will take the other one when the time comes.

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    I think anyone suffering from BX should move abroad to warmer weather. shame we cant get that on prescription lol!

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    Hi Pam

    I'm in Texas, originally from the Gulf Coast (Padre & Mustang islands - Laguna Madre), have lived in Arizona mountains & all over but have been in Austin last few decades. I have bronchiectasis. Last year i spent a week out on Mustang Island in May & again in November & i breathed much better there. Must note that where i stayed had tiled floors; at home is ancient carpet & a dog. If i could stand the religious insanity and air conditioning bills down there, i'd move back.

    This year i got accidental proof that a friend's air purifiers were so much better than mine. The Saharan dust clouds were so bad that I had worn an N95 mask to drive to her house for a weekly meal. I was there a couple of hours & put my mask on before i walked out to my car. Drove home & took off the mask after i was inside my house. i immediately smelled the Saharan dirt in my house.

    I now have 2 of these air purifiers which do not use filters. A large one is in the living room/dining room and a smaller one in my bedroom. Austin has year round pollen & mold issues, in addition to this year's repeat prolonged bouts of heavy African dirt clouds but suddenly my nose isn't stopped up at all. Whatever irritates the nose/sinuses also irritates our lungs even if we are not allergic to it. PM me if you want the brand name.

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    For me with brx I take strong Turmeric tablets daily as anti~inflammatory and use N~acetylcysteine capsules to thin the mucus and help expectoration.Works well for me.I suggest you try these products.

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    You might have allergies, you may want to go see an Allergy Specialist.

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