Oral Thrush

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Despite reading and learning on here, and following the advice given, I have developed a nasty case of oral thrush.

To be honest, since my FEV1 score has turned out to be not as bad as was at first indicated (it's actually 70% - or it was the last time it was tested) I am going to try reducing/stopping the inhalers. I'm not going back to see the doctor, so I'll just give it a trial without medical supervision.

At present, under doctors orders, I am taking two puffs of the Symbicort 200/6 (one in the morning and one at night) and inhaling one capsule of Spiriva at lunch-time. This was the dosage recommended by the doctor when he thought my FEV1 score was 37% because of the chest infection.

What I'm concerned about is if I should deteriorate, there's not much left for me, apart from oxygen, which I want to put off for the next 25yrs at least.

Day 47 of No Smoking today. I'm not doing it as regularly, but I still find occasionally that I reach for the (non-existent) cigarettes when the adverts come on.

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    Hi Metermaid,

    To reduce your inhalers without your doctor's knowledge or consent seems to be so drastic a step and one that is bound to wind up your doctor...

    I know you must be wondering if you need it now, with your fev1 being so high - the hospital told me that no-one is 100% so yours much be near excellent. Even so, I'd still think your doctor would be your first step?

    I'm led to believe that the thrush and chapped lips are caused by not taking liquid after using the inhalor. I get really bad, chapped lips and was told this was the reason. Even knowing it I still forget till I get the chapped lips again!

    Good luck!

    Stitch

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    Hi Rita

    I agree entirely with Stitch.

    Consulting with your doctor seems the best thing you can do for you. To be safe and avoid any exacerbation which could in turn cause you further lung damage.

    I usually rinse and gargle after taking my medicine - and brush teeth after using the spiriva as is recommended.

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    [quote:ecfdf5d4dd=\"Visitor \"]Hi Rita

    I agree entirely with Stitch.

    Consulting with your doctor seems the best thing you can do for you. To be safe and avoid any exacerbation which could in turn cause you further lung damage.

    I usually rinse and gargle after taking my medicine - and brush teeth after using the spiriva as is recommended.[/quote:ecfdf5d4dd]

    Hi V,

    I followed your instructions re gargling, brushing and eating after inhalers. Particularly after Spiriva. Throat doing fine now thanks.

    Regards,

    Robert.

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    [quote:ca9da664b2=\"waterman\"]

    Hi V,

    I followed your instructions re gargling, brushing and eating after inhalers. Particularly after Spiriva. Throat doing fine now thanks.

    Regards,

    Robert.[/quote:ca9da664b2]

    Hi Robert

    That is great :D so glad it has helped.

    As well as the gargling and rinsing etc, I've heard Live natural yoghurt is very soothing for those who have thrush in the mouth from the medicines.

    My doc always asks me if I get it but fortunately I don't seem to with doing the rinsing and gargling and teeth brushing etc.

    Wishing you everything good Robert.

    V

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