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Bronchitis. do i have to have a sputum culture done or just take antibiotics?

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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Either: Acute bronchitis generally follows a viral respiratory infection.People at risk-elderly, infants, kids, smokers, persons w heart /lung disease.Symptoms include fever chest discomfort, yellow green mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, etc.Sputum samples may be taken to ck for signs of inflammation or bacterial infection, hence antibiotics.If viral cause, infection will generally go away within one week.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
BRONCHITIS: Any dry coughing episodes caused by allergen, infection either viral or bacterial is called bronchitis. Depending on your history and findings of your md, the treatment is directed to the cause. Sputum culture is done to be specific if you are resistant to treatment.

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Last updated Apr 1, 2012

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