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what is the best treatment for bronchitis

A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience in Internal Medicine
Depends....: There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic, each with different therapies. Acute bronchitis is usually due to either a bacterial or viral infe ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Patience: Most bronchitis is at least initially a virus & supportive measures like rest and good nutrition do wonders.A percentage will eventually become co ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
It depends: It depends on the severity of the bronchitis. Meds used include antibiotics, bronchodilators and prednisone.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Not a simple answer: Bronchitis in generally healthy individuals is probably a viral syndrome that is treated symptomatically. If there are other medical conditions presen ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Antibiotics: Taking antibiotics on a periodic basis is helpful in bronchiectasis.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Considine
29 years experience in Family Medicine
Whatever tx works: Usually asthma is defined as controlled with a less than twice a week usage of a rescue inhaler like albuterol. If using more often than this in a wee ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience in Internal Medicine
Need diagnosis...: Cough treatment depends on the etiology of the cough. It could be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, bronchitis, etc. All these diagnoses hav ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael DePietro
34 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Same as COPD: Emphysema is treated with the following measures: 1) quite smoking. This is a must will preserve lung function. 2) inhaled medicines. The exact ones v ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Helfand
36 years experience in Pediatrics
Depends on age: If you have an older child that is not having problems breathing (just has a barky cough), then steaming the bathroom is probably adequate. However, ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
43 years experience in Family Medicine
Sinusitis Rx: Sinusitis is primarily treated with an antibiotic like amoxcillin. Other treatments may include a decongestant, either oral or a nose spray (either ot ... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Sinusitis: Hello, the “best” treatment for sinusitis depends on its severity, past treatments, symptoms and whether it is acute, subacute, recurrent acute or chr ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Perry
Dr. Lee Perry answered
16 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Multiple: Treatments for asthma are divided into two categories: preventative and rescue. Preventative medicines include inhaled steroids and singulair (montelu ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Rest, fluids, and...: ...Fever reducers (aspirin, or acetaminphen) . There are two approved drugs that can reduce symptoms, but only if started within ~24 hours of symptoms ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience in Family Medicine
Inhaler: Bronchitis in a non-smoker is almost always caused by a virus. If you have wheezing then your doctor may prescribe an inhaler and possibly a steroid. ... Read More
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Dr. Vincent Granowicz
61 years experience in Family Medicine
Mono: Really is none. Rest, fluids can help. Acyclovir (anti-viral) may speed up recovery, but not a great deal. Vitamins can be important.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
37 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Saline washes: Acute sinusitis symptoms are similar to an upper respiratory infecion but more severe and includes purulent drainage with sinus and facial pain. It l ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Use mainstream Rx: Untreated pneumonia is often lethal. Use any "alternative" or "complementary" Rx only as an adjunct. There are few pneumonia quacks because the outcom ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Depends: There are several different causes of bronchiectasis and they would lead to different treatments. It would be best to identify the cause first and the ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jackie Lam
16 years experience in Family Medicine
Rest!: Rest, plenty of fluid, more rest, and medications to manage the symptoms such as nyquil, sudafed, tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, etc. You'll be fine ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends : The answer depends on many factors. Whatight be the "best" for you may not be the "best" for someone else. If you have a clear nose and are of normal ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
43 years experience in Family Medicine
Anthrax Rx: The best treatment is Ciprofloxacin 500 mg twice a day for 5 days.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience in Cardiology
Underlying dz: Treatment is directed to the underlying conditions . With CHF diuretics are given. If the pts has COPD then oxygen and nebulized breathing treatments ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Loury
38 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Acute or chronic?: Acute may be viral or allergic which usually resolves by managing symptoms. Bacterial fails to, resolve after 10-14 days and needs antibiotics. Chro ... Read More
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