Pneumonia is something to be taken seriously. I have a friend who for years was told his pneumonia was viral and was never treated and ended up with scar/fibrotic tissue in his lungs and difficulty breathing.
I agree, avoid steroids like the pest, they will suppress an immune system already under pressure.
A walkin clinic would be my choice as I have in the past for other problems. I never mentioned the Lyme problem, just that I had problems with certain meds which I didn't like.
In terms of treating recurrent respiratory infections, you may want to look into systemic enzymes.
They help solving this kind of infections when given with antibiotics, they have a powerful anti-inflammatory action and a definitely better alternative to steroids, since they can also help with immune stimulation.
They will make antibiotics more effective and I bet they might get rid of your problem for good.
I am aware of studies with wobenzym on children and bromelain (avoid serrapeptase, it can cause lung inflammation even in healthy people!)
It's worth looking up these studies to have an idea of duration of treatment and dosage which are important.
They may also help reducing bacterial biofilm which could be an issue in recurrent infections.
Here's some of the link to studies:
wobenzym on kids http://www.systemicenzymesupport.org/conditions/respiratory_tract_infections.htm
systemic enzymes in infections http://www.webmedcentral.com/article_view/2495
I have had various people in my extended family taking them (lumbrokinase mainly) and that helped with recurring tonsillitis and bronchitis, even in my elderly in-law when according to the doctors the problem was chronic and not treatable.
I also learnt from another lyme board of 1st line, an effective natural antibiotic. It can get rid of respiratory infections in matter of a few days and in fact recently it did that for my inlaw (took just two doses). It's worth a try in any case if your problem is really persistent. It may also help with lyme.
Post Edited (rns) : 12/14/2012 10:23:18 AM (GMT-7)