Allergist and immunologist Dr. Warner Carr performs an evaluation on Yaz, 26, who comes down with bronchitis-related symptoms two to four times per year.
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Testing for Ongoing Respiratory Symptoms Yazz: I always have bronchitis I'm getting sick about two to three times sometimes even four times a year. I can feel it coming on. It starts with the nose being a little more runny than usual, a sore throat, dry cough, itch in the throat, my whole body is aching sometimes I even run up fever. I can't even swallow food or eat anything because I'm having a constant pain in my throat. Doctors usually put me on antibiotics and those are really not good for your health. I now refuse to take antibiotics so I just let the bronchitis run its course. Warner Carr: Yazz is a 26-year old who has been having chronic sinus infections, chronic nasal congestion and it seems like these symptoms are settling down into her chest and she has been diagnosed with recurrent bronchitis. Our objective today is to look at her carefully and see if we can figure out what's going on and then see if we can give her some relief of these symptoms. We’re going to do some allergy test, we need to look at your lungs and the flow and capacity of your lung function. We also need to look and see if there's any evidence of inflammation in your lungs. With the allergy skin test, we use a small lope plastic device and we just barely scratch the surface of the skin. All of the skin tests are negative. So we’re going to move ahead and start with the lung function testing. What we’re going to do now is pulmonary function testing. When I tell you to take a deep breathe in and then you blast everything out as hard and as fast as you can. We've done all our tests and we’ll come up with a strategy and see if we can give you some relief. Not every person that coughs has bronchitis and not every person that wheezes has asthma. These tests will help me to find whether or not she has asthma or some other cause.