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how can doctors tell if you have viral or bacterial bronchitis

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Evaluation...: The symptoms of bacterial bronchitis are usually a bit more severe as in higher fever, more severe cough, more body aches, etc but there is overlap. W ... Read More
Dr. Paul Slawek
54 years experience Radiology
Cultures&Microscope: Sputun is examined under a microscope and bacteria can be seen. Cultures are allowed to grow few days and pathogens grow and can be identified. Blood ... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Severity of sxs : Both viral and bacterial bronchitis have similar symptoms but bacterial bronchitis usually has a higher fever, more congestion, etc but there is consi ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Severity....: Typically, a bacterial bronchitis will give you a higher fever, discolored sputum, malaise, etc. The symptoms with a viral infection tend to be less s ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Nyman
38 years experience Radiology
Yes: Bronchitis is not often detectable on a chest x-ray. This test is performed to rule out an associated pneumonia or other underlying lung issues which ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Clinically...: Typically, a bacterial infection has more severe symptoms than a viral infection. For example, there is usually a higher fever, more sputum production ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Riley Alexander
11 years experience Pathology
Blood isn't best: What is best to diagnose would be a sputum culture and respiratory viral panel if you wanted to isolate the causative agent. A good physical exam and ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Zeidman
33 years experience Neurosurgery
Lumbar Puncture: Though the history can be similar- the profile on the lumbar puncture usually will aallow differentiation.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Could be either...: Acute bronchitis can be due to a bacterial or viral infection of the airways and either can start from a pharyngitis infection. See your doctor to det ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
31 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
You generally don't: 1st, more than 95% of "bronchitis" is viral. Secondly the other 5% probably resolve spontaneously without any therapy. It really does not matter unles ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Bronchitis: Viral upper respiratory tract infections usually run their course in 7to10 days. If symptoms of bronchitis (coughing up discolored sputum with or with ... Read More
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