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A 27-year-old male asked:

Mom 50- frequent bronchitis since winter with dry cough- constantly losing voice keeps going to er for breathing treatment, no history smoking xray negative keeps needing prednisone/inhaler, is this serious?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Acute bronchitis: Is a viral disease characterized by prolonged, excessive coughing. The most common symptom of acute bronchitis is a cough with mucus. Acute bronchitis is a one-time condition that lasts for several weeks. Drink plenty of fluids and otc medication. However, pneumonia can have symptoms like acute bronchitis. Rec. See your pcp to rule out pneumonia.
Dr. Dipali Desai
Specializes in Family Medicine
Does she hav asthma?: If she has history of asthma or allergies? If not she need formal chest x-ray and pulmonary function test. Some times it can be granulomatous condition. If it is asthma or allergies she need antihistamines or inhaled steroid on daily basis to prevent recurrence of flares. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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