Medical Questions > Conditions and Diseases > Lungs and Respiratory Disorders Forum

bronchitis while on immunosuppressant drugs

User Profile
I was diagnosed with bronchitis a little over a week ago. I just finished finish my script of antibiotics and am still using albuterol inhaler. As of today I am still coughing on regular basis and for the last couple of days my upper chest is rattling and wheezing all the time. Sounds normal I'm sure but I had a kidney transplant about 14 months ago and I am on immunosuppressant drugs. Should I ask my primary doctor to be more aggressive at this point or do you think this is just going to take a little longer to get over? I have been in great health since the transplant and this is the first big sickness I have endured, just being cautious. Thanks in advance

Did you find this post helpful?

User Profile
replied February 28th, 2014
Lungs and Respiratory Disorders Answer A46149
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

From the history provided, it seems that you have recovered from a severe bout of bronchitis and could be having symptoms due to residual inflammation.

Such inflammation of the airway presents as dry, cough in paroxysms which can persist for 3-8 weeks after one recovers from any viral infection.

In most cases, proper hydration, Heated, humidified, air can improve symptoms of cough and bronchial irritation.

Did you find this post helpful?
Must Read
Asthma affects more than 22 million Americans. But what happens during a respiratory asthma attack? Learn the basics about asthma now....
Some people are more likely than other to be diagnosed with asthma. Learn if you are at risk of asthma in this section on risk factors and causes of asthma....
How can you identify the signs and symptoms of asthma or respiratory problems? We list the common asthma symptoms here and discuss asthma problems....
DISCLAIMER: "Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals. For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our medical experts page. You may also visit our Lungs and Respiratory Disorders , for moderated patient to patient support and information.

The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician. Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.