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Shortness of Breath (SOB)
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Shortness of Breath (SOB)

Diagnosed & treated for acute bronchitis 14 days ago.  Medication is Biaxin XL, 2X.  Fever, chills and body aches have gone; however, fairly heavy sputum remains, varies from light in color to dark brown (same appearance as at onset of bronchitis).  While Atrovent inhaler cuts it, enabling me to cough it up, it just doesn't seem to want to go away.  Chest x-ray two weeks ago was unremarkable.  History of smoking, quit in Sep 1996.  Blastomycosis in May 1982, treated with oral Ketoconazole, complete recovery.
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The improvement in fever, chills and body aches is most encouraging.  You should have a thorough exam by your doctor.  This should include a sputum culture and a repeat chest x-ray.  Then you will know if there is some other problem causing the heavy sputum to continue.
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