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I am a 69 year old female with bronchiectasis. I was not surprised when I was diagnosed since I had an episode with a dirty cpap machine ten years ago that spewed lots of gooey water from humidifier into my lungs. I went to the doctor right away and got an antibiotic, but it wasn't enough obviously. I was diagnosed with asthma first, about 5 years after the episode, but I was diagnosed about 5 years later with B. I have been on the corticosteroids for about 10 years and it has had a toll on my general health. I won't go into them, but I am hopeful and thankful for my life and God's blessings.
Anyway, I spend much of my time looking for better ways of controlling this disease. I haven't found anything to use other than nebulizing sodium chloride and the flutter valve. The days of coughing "like a lady" are over. I am thankful for being able to cough.
I spend a great deal of time researching new devices, services, etc. I go to acupuncture one or twice a week. I think it is helpful, but not totally sure where I would be if I didn't.
The research that I did this week was encouraging. I came across a service called Salt Spas. I haven't tried it yet, but it is on my "to do" list. Salt is definitely a way of cleansing the lungs. My suggestion is to research it because there is proof that goes back many years that salt miners had no lung issues due to their working in these salt caves. The name of the service is Halotherapy.
The other news item is that Bayer is in its 3rd clinical trial for Cipro inhaler for bronchiectasis. I didn't get to read the whole article, but there was a convention in LA this week whereby they were bringing the results of the trials to the convention for chest physicians. I know nothing more than that, but to me, an antibiotic straight to the lungs is what we need. Getting rid of the infectious mucus is pretty important. I am hopeful.
Go to the American Lung Association June 9, 2016 issue on Salt Caves.
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