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Hi all is anyone else like me ive ad 3 lots of antibotics since feb 10day course moxifloxan 400 mg then 3 day course azithromycin 250mg now 7day course of doxycycline 100mg sent sputum sample results said no bug but still spitting horible stuff up any answers please

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    Hi Tony

    Unfortunately I think that's part of bronchiatesis. I do postural drainage twice a day which helps clear my chest this is a great relief. A physiotherapist taught me at the hospital the correct way to do this Have you seen a therapist?

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      Hi marion ive not seen therapist been waiting since feb just gets u down being like this takes lot out of you
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    Hi Tony, Sorry to hear you are unwell. I had similar experience lately in that I had 5 or 6  two week courses of antibiotics in an attempt to clear chest infection. Each time I was given co amoxyclav and each time the infection returned very quickly. After the last course, I was still feeling far from well. Sputum samples that I sent for analysis were showing no infection present. But, I knew I had not recovered  and kept submitting sputum. Sure enough Doctor rang to inform me that buig had been identified. Antibiotic changed at my request. Ciprofloxacin prescribed. Al last infection cleared and I felt well again. At this point I feel well but sputum is still discoloured, more so in the morning. I use my Aerobika every day and find this helps. My main point here is to let you know that "how you feel" is a really good indicator of whether infection is present or not! Good luck and get well soon.

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      Hi telecape,  I always thought that if the sputum is dark green there was infection present, but I read somewhere that the colour does not neccessarily mean that.  Not sure aboutn this at all
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      Hi Marian, I must say that my whole life I was sure that dark green sputum meant that an infection was present. This was always the case in my younger days. Now I am 65. Previously, until about 5 years ago, after an infection treated with antibiotics, my sputum always returned to a clear colour. However, recently this does not happen. Even after successful treatment with Antibiotic, my spit is more of a greenish creamish colour. I was informed by my specialist at my last visit that green sputum does not necessarily indicate infection. I must say I was hard to convince! Currently, I have no infection and I feel well but my spit is definately dark green in the morning......gets a lighter shade of green after several good deep coughs. Similarily, using my Aerobika (twice a day now) the first few coughs are darker green but get lighter as I clear more sputum away. I am still learning this new reality...but it is interesting and reassuring to hear other patient's perspectives. Have come to the conclusion that when spit is green or greenish and I feel poorly, an infection is present but when it is green or greenish or creamish and I feel well, then there is no infection. Don't know if this helps but good luck!!

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      Well, that's news to me.

      I always thought that the dark mucus meant an infection. But, now that I think of it, there are times that my mucus is a dark color, but I feel fine. Wonder if it has to do with, breathing in certain irritances that then irritates the lungs, changing the color and not really an infection?

      Thanks for the info. I'm always learning new tips and info from this forum.

      Beth

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    Hi Tony, you have congetion in your lungs and it is getting infected, you need to do somthing at least twice a day to get it up . this was happening to me antibiotics and steroids every six weeks for a year, then i was digegnosed with BX, but i went to see the phisio quiet quckly, I was given an Acopella device and I bought myself off of the internet a Flutter device, both do same job of virbrating down the lungs to remove the stuck congestion.the Flutter is smaller and eseier to clean they cost about £60,I got the Acopella device free in The UK. if you do some resurch on Bronchectisis and ask for breathing exsercisses, you may find there is some good ones that help , and do look at the two devices I have mentiond and you will get a lot of information. 

       Take Care,Pam

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    Tony,

    It still sounds like you still have an infection. People with Bx sometimes go thru several rounds of antibiotics and takes weeks to clear the infection.

    Keeping the lungs clear can be a chore, but is needed to get the mucus up. Check on the internet about ways to clear your lungs. Breathing exercises, posturing (I find it easier to cough up when my upper chest is lower than my waist, on knees and elbows.). I use a nebulizer and have a percussion vest that helps loosen the mucus. I use a flutter valve as well. The more clear that you can keep your lungs the less chance of infection.

    Also, there is prove and disprove (the medical world keeps going back and forth) that taking in dairy products caused an increase in mucus production. So you may want to take a look at what you eat. You may have an unknown allergy to certain foods.

    Hope you get better soon, Beth

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      Thank you for advice before i found out i ad bx i ad loads of antibotics took 2 yrs to find out plus i ave other illness as well which not helping cheers elizabeth
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