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    Hello nancy

    I’m not sure about a humidifier but anything that clears the air is bound to be a help. I have a soemac. It was expensive but I’m sure it helps. Go on their website and read about it good luck.  I have had broncheactesis for 13 years now and wiling to try anything that helps. Good to hear from another bx suffer. There used to be quite a few of us. Where are you all?

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      Marion, How are you doing with your BRX? I hope well. I have not been on the site for a while. I recently found a dostor here at my treatment center who knows how to treat BRX. I have spent the past several months trying to find a doctor either at Denver Pulmonary or Johns Hopkins and ran into what would was to become a major monetary commitment . By good luck my Infectious Disease  MD sent me to a doctor here at my own treatment center. He is in Pumonary Transplant and actually treats BRX on a regular basis. Lucky me.

      My question for you or anyone else who may read this is: have you ever had to take an IV infusion for Pseudomonas?

      Hope you are well.

      Russ  

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      We're here, Marion, just maybe not as sick as last year. I'm on ABs, 2d round, but not for BX, lol. (Dental problems) Because the US flu shot is off-target this year, effective against only 10% of strains, I've just broken into my friendly N95 masks again. Used them Xmas weekend when I drove my sick neighbor to hospital, he wore one, too, & then I used my 7th Generation wipes to disinfect everything he touched. His entire household had the flu. Put one on on Friday to sit around in the state office to replace my stolen driver's license. There were sick people all over the place. They let me keep the mask on for the picture because we'd all seen a woman walk by me, 1.5 feet away & moving slowly to spread germs more effectively as she partially covered her mouth with an old cloth diaper, coughing all the while. Gov't computer facial recognition programs work around a huge mask but not around glasses! Live & learn.

      Nancy, are you in the ultra dry parts of Southern Cal? Being from the Texas coast where humidity varies between 80-100% humidity, I think of the Pacific around San Diego, La Jolla & and at least up to Del Mar as almost desert dry, but if you're 30 miles inland I guess there's a noticeable change. The biggest problems with humidifiers are these: keeping them clean so you're not growing mildew in the machine, not spilling the water, and the effect over time of the extra humidity on everything in that room. On the Texas coast with all that moisture, everything grows mold & it rusts.

      Do you not use a nebulizer? Ask your doc if using one 2-4 times a day might help.

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      Thanks for the info on the humidifier. I do live inland. I just wondered if it would give me the same relief as the ocean; but nothing like nature! I'm using a nebulizer now because I'm sick. Thanks for all your input, everyone!

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    Humidifier moistens the air. I found that I stop coughing when I go to the ocean. Oh, and I live in Southern California.
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    I live in a humid client (Thailand), not that dissimilar from Houston (lived there a couple of years in my early career). Compared to my home country of the UK have always found that I get far fewer colds and hardly ever a flu. I also don't notice people walking around that much with streaming colds or coughs. Some of the positive differences might be due to heat and lower population densities though. In the UK I lived mostly in London and earlier on in a big urban northern city where people live in much smaller and tightly packed accommodation relative to Houston (even though that was also a large city it's really spread out).

    An Indian pulmo I consulted in the UK 5 years ago in the early stages of analysis of my lungs commented that it was lucky for my lungs to be spending a lot of time in Thailand. He treated lots of Indians who had arrived in the UK from India and they all complained about how the environment was having a bad effect on their lungs.

    Nothing too conclusive there cos I can't separate out humidity specifically as the major factor. Intuitively I suspect humidity does provide an easier breathing environment. Certainly worth trying out and a humidifier is probably cheaper than a long enough holiday in a humid client to test it out!

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