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I went to the doctors today to get my ears checked and other things looked at. When he listened to my chest he said he was concerned and he repeated that it was making him nervous a little. He said I have acute bronchitus and an ear infection. I have chronic asthma, but I've had severe sneezing, running nose, itching water eyes, and feeling like I can't cough up anything for several weeks like 3. Does this mean I was just coming down with the illness with the sneezing, watery eyes, etc? And is catching bronchitus during the summer normal? Are colds normal during the summer?
Sorry, I just read your post about getting bronchitis in the summer. I think it is true that you get bronchitis more in the summer. Before coming to FL. I was always having bronchitis winter and summer but more in winter. Then a few yrs. ago I went to dr. in the summer and had bronchitis which in two dys. went into pneumonia. Again I had pneumonia in the summer of 2004. I was in Ohio and had apt. with a rheumatologist for follow up my rheumy in FL. insited I do. I am glad because I was sick and immediately she said I had pneumonia and sent me for chest x ray and put me on meds. Thankfully she didn't even say for me to see my Primary Care dr. as some specialist only treat certain things. After that it was one thing after another. Make a long story short my lungs are full of nodules and the drs. diagnose COPD and mild emphysema, The thing that is all consuming tho is the lung infection drs. found. I NEVER smoked and was around smoke seldom. I come from a family of NON smokers. I think tho having bronchitis so much didn't help me and also I swolled a penny as a toddler. Drs. wouldn't believe my mom when she said I had swollowed a penny. It was there two days and I coughed and coughed and cried. Drs. said I was spoiled. My mom said no way I was the best of her babies. Anyway after that I always got anything and it went to my lungs. Hang in there and when you feel the least bit sick go to the dr. Insist they treat you if you have an infection. I went one time and dr. didn't take me serious and I didn't argue I was so sick. It took going to three drs. to get antibiotic. I was deathly sick for 6 wks. So make sure you take it serious when you are sick and tell the drs. to do the same. Hope you are doing better. Bootsy
Of course it is possible to catch a cold or develop bronchitis during any season. However, it sounds to me like laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) which is the cough-variant (non-heartborn) form of acid reflux.

There are 2 reasons why I think this. First, you already have chronic asthma, and doctors have just begun to realize that acid reflux is often the cause of chronic asthma. In a nutshell, the esophageal spinchters are a little weak, and acid from the stomach is able to travel north into the pharyngeal/laryngeal area. Since the trachea and esophogous open up into the same area, you can further aspirate some of the acid back down the wrong tube (the trachea) into the lungs. The lungs have no defense against an acid of pH 2 (hydrochloric acid), it irritates the lungs, and you get inflammation and asthma.

I'm thinking that this "bronchitis" is the next step in LPR for you. The most common symptom of LPR is a chronic cough - but a nonproductive one. Other symptoms can be the feeling of something stuck in your throat/tickling your throat, outrageous allergies that can't be treated with allergy medicine, and asthma symptoms that can't be treated with asthma medication.

But there is pharma treatment for this. Prescription Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are used to treat the reflux at the source - in the stomach - by reducing the amount of acid your stomach produces.

This is the important part: while regular acid reflux is treated with 1 dose of a PPI per day, LPR reflux must be treated with 2 doses of a PPI per day.

Each dose must be at the maximum pill strength. For instance, while Nexium comes in a 20 mg and 40 mg size, an LPR patient needs 2 doses of the 40 mg size pill.

You can get a prescription for any of the following PPIs:
Prilosec (BRAND) not OTC.

I also recommend that you do a little research of your own on "laryngopharyngeal reflux" and "LPR". You might be surprised.

And the nice thing is, if I am right, the PPIs will also help reduce your asthma as well.
Thank You. I got over my bronchitus shortly after, but now I have I think another infection (probably a cold, ear hurts again) and an area of my gum is sore to brush towards front teeth), but probably unrelated.

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