Copd and chest tightness

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Can anyone explain why you get excessive phlegm with copd.  Whilst on rescue pack of antibiotics and steroids it is fine. Within a week of stopping the medication excessive phlegm is back causing severe chest tightness on movement.

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    hi nanny,could it be your rescue antibiotics are the wrong ones this time you could have a diff bug. Now I have to submit a sputum sample as my rescue pack doesn't always work . Take care   Julia
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    Hi Nanny

    We sound as if we are both in the same boat !  How true it is I don't know but one doctor told me that the production of excessive sputum is part & parcel of emphysema.

    Ho hum.

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      Thank you - respiratory nurse has called and now on ventolin and saline via nebuliser.  It seems copd mixed with asthma is not good.
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    Hi Nanny

    You may need a longer course of antibiotics or as Julia says you may need different type.

    I have very severe emphysems and almost never have sputum unless I have a chest infection.

    Regards Anne

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    May I suggest that you stop all dairy products from your diet as they make mucus. Especially cheese. I swapped to goats milk and soft goats cheese and it made a tremendous difference to me.
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