Three weeks ago, E caught a cold or virus that gave her a stuffy nose and a cough. Since it didn't go away after a week, the protocol is to start an antibiotic to treat her for an upper respiratory infection. She took Keflex for 2 weeks and the cough is still lingering around. It's not worse, but it's not gone. After talking to her CF Clinic nurse today, we decided to start another oral antibiotic - Cipro. She'll take this for two weeks and if the cough is still not gone, we'll go in for a bronchoscopy.
Why do we have to put her on all of these antibiotics if it's just a junky cough and some congestion?
Her sisters have the exact same thing and we're not treating them for anything.
Since we all passed around this respiratory virus, we all had coughs and congestion. The good news for us is that we are able to get rid of the congestion on our own eventually.
E doesn't really get to just "wait and see" if it goes away. The mucus in her lungs is so thick that it is the perfect place for bacteria to hide out and cause problems. That's why if a cough lingers around like this, it is usually a sign of a CF flare up in her lungs. Every time she has a CF flare up, there is the possibility of causing permanent damage/changes to her lungs.
So, if antibiotics and extra airway clearance (Chest PT) are what she needs, then that's what we'll do.
Let's hope this does the trick!