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How do you know if you have pneumonia or bronchitis

A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
You cannot: That difference would require an exam and likely a chest x-ray.

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
Pathology 58 years experience
See below: What you are asking is whether the pneumonia can develop without earlier symptoms and the answer is yes it can suddenly happen.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Absolutely: You can have pneumonia or bronchitis, and the first symptoms you have are the symptoms of the pneumonia or bronchitis. Nothing else has to happen fir... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Nabila Babar
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Sneezing and coughing: may mean viral illness. however in the setting of recent tonsillectomy throat infection need to be considered. may need to talk to your surgeon to fur... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Shulman
Pulmonology 21 years experience
Yes: Sometimes bronchitis can cause pneumonia - there is a build up of mucous which causes an environment for bacteria and virus which then cause pneumonia... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Can happen: Bronchitis is common respiratory disease that involves inflammation and often infection of the bronchial mucosal membranes.However, in the absence of... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alessandra Bertolucci
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Not easy: You need to be listen to the lungs (auscultation) or have xray to the chest.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Trigger factors: Trigger factors come in types: if you have an immune problem (iga), asthma, allergies or similar lung predisposition you will. If you smoke/work ar... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Sometimes/see below: Bronchitis is usually caused by viral infection and this will resolve without treatment. Influenza bronchitis or pneumonia should be treated with tami... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Different diseases: Bronchitis is inflammation of the tubular airways into the lung and is usually caused by viruses or chemical irritants. Cough, low grade fever, wheez... Read More

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