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- This would probably be up to your doctor, but doing neb treatments isn't going to keep a cold from progressing. If you've got albuterol or Xopenex for your neb, all it's going to do is open your airways and possibly thin some mucus out, nothing more.

- My opinion on the prednisone+coughing up more mucus thing is that the prednisone has reduced inflammation deeper in your lungs and thus allowed trapped mucus to come out. The stuff that's coming out? Mucus...probably infected mucus. Colds cause it, as well as asthma inflammation.

- If the mucus stays green for two or three more days, then you should probably be on antibiotics.

- Nebulizing every 4-6 hours is fine with a cold/infection. When the infection is over, only go as needed.

- Guiafenesin (not sure of the spelling, but it's found in many cough meds) is contraindicated in active asthma. I've found that taking guiafnesin at all makes me a lot worse. Pseudoephedrine makes me faint when I'm regularly doing albuterol or xopenex. So, off of personal experience...don't use them.

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