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So I’ve got bronchitis. So has my whole family, actually, and so has most of the state as far as I can tell. Kicked in about two weeks ago with a day of fever and a couple nights of seriously epic coughing.
I went to the doctor (so no bitching about “WHY THE FUCK DON’T YOU JUST GO TO THE DOCTOR?”), and she said that she had the exact same bronchitis. She listened to me and didn’t hear any pneumonia, there was no shortness of breath, so she gave me a Zithromax prescription and said that it was up to me whether to use it, because it would get better on its own in a week to ten days. I really don’t like using antibiotics if I can possibly avoid it, so I didn’t use it. I did ask for some bodacious cough syrup and she gave me a Cheratussin prescription, which is basically codeine-laced Robitussin AFAIK. Worked like a charm.
So now here it is about two weeks later. And I’m still coughing. I’m not coughing much – maybe once every two hours. They’re quite… productive. The first cough of the morning is a yellowish-green loogey, and after that the sputum is nothing to write home about. Basically, I’m totally not bothered by it, and it is obviously getting VERY VERY SLOWLY better. I’m just wondering exactly how long I have to wait here.
I’m going to call the doctor later, but I also was wondering about your individual experiences. How long does the goddamn stuff take to clear out of the lungs altogether, on its own? Our realtor said it took her like six weeks (!!!). Should I just capitulate and nuke it with the antibiotics? Or, if it’s not really bothering me at all (which it isn’t – not coughing in bed at all anymore), should I just wait for my body to scour it out on its own?
(I just started exercising again too, after a long hiatus, so maybe that’ll boost the ol’ immune system by the necessary amount.)