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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

HA MRSA Lung Infection

09/02/2010

Question:

I am 8 months out from recovering from a very bad HA MRSA lung infection, picked up while having a GI scope done in the hospital. I am off of all antibiotics & have been for sometime. I thought I was breathing fine after being released from the hopsital, but my FEV1 told a different story..much to my surprise. Since the testing, my lung doc has me doing 3 diff inhalers. Ventolin, Spirivia & Advair. I would like very much to get weined off of them to see if I can manage with out all the inhalers. I am a 48yo FM, non smoker, who is physically active & does 4 miles on the tread mill nightly. Do you think that its a possible to get off the inhalers? Most recent chect CT still shows small abscesses, that make a difference in the treatment option?

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. It sounds like the infection has been treated, but it is possible that serious lung infections can occasionally cause scarring of the lung or airways.

On this site, we try to answer general questions about lung disease but cannot diagnose or recommend treatment. You appear to have some very specific questions about your inhaler therapy, which can only be answered properly by a physician who is familiar with your history, physical exam, pulmonary function tests and CT scans. You should ask your pulmonary specialist these questions about when you can stop inahler therapy. If your physician is unable to help you understand these issues, you can ask for a second opinion.

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Response by:

Karen L Wood, MD Karen L Wood, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University