I have had a flu for six months now. Finally my doctor diagnosed pneumonia and put me on antibiotics, Avamys and Symbicort. Unfortunately, either the Symbicort or the Avamyst has given me a fungal infection in the throat (and beyond ... it seems to go down quite far). This was not too unexpected as Advair gives me horrible thrush that lasts for months.
My question however is, if I stop taking the Symbicort and the Avamys will the thrush go away, or should I go see my doctor to get anti-fungal stuff (i.e. Nystatin)? I am still on antibiotics for the pneumonia (I have 7 more days to go), and I know that antibiotics can also cause thrush. I'm reasonably sure that it is the Symbicort though, simply because any inhaled steroid I take ends up giving me strep or thrush. I'm thinking if I could just quit it (and have the thrush disappear), I could avoid spending three hours going to see my doctor ... precious hours that could be spent studying for finals *stress* :)
I would see your doctor about the thrush and get the Nystatin or whatever treatment that works best for you. The antibiotics alone will predispose you thrush, the steroid in the Symbicort will also . Do you rinse your mouth after each use? I find that if I don't do this, I too get thrush. Simply rinsing my mouth after each use prevents the yeast from coming back.
Taking probiotics because you are on antibiotics isn't a bad idea either, or eating yogurt with active cultures.
Also, are you able to just leave a message with your doctor and have the medicine called in to the pharmacy? My doctor will do that as she knows that I know what thrush looks and feels like. It is also a given if I am on antibiotics too, so she will call Nystatin in for me.
Good luck, I don't think you should stop your inhaler without first talking to your doctor. The steroid in it reduces inflammation, stopping it could make your symptoms worse. I am not a doctor, I am just giving my two cents worth.
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