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how can i avoid spreading bronchitis?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Hand washing: Hand washing is probably the most effective measure you can use to prevent spreading germs. Dont cough into your hands as well. Feel better!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Hand washing...: The most important thing to do to decrease the spread of infection, including acute bronchitis, is frequent hand washing. Stay at least 3 feet away from everyone to avoid droplet exposure. Chronic bronchitis is not due to infection.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How does bronchitis develop?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Inflammation: Bronchitis is by definition inflammation of the bronchi. It can develop from smoking, inhalation of environmental pollutants, viral and bacterial infections. Some people are predisposed to developing bronchitis, e.G, cystic fibrosis.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can bronchitis be caught from a grocery store or mall?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: As most forms of bronchitis tend to be of an infectious cause, anywhere you might pick up infections, such as stores, etc., can make you prone to picking up any respiratory illness.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does ice cream help bronchitis?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Not directly: Interesting question. Airway inflammation can be helped with cool humidified air, like when an asthmatic goes outside and has some relief of their symptoms at night. I suppose if you're eating ice cream, some of the upper airway inflammation that may come with bronchitis may be relieved with just the direct contact with ice cream. Not sure i'd depend on it for a cure though.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does smoking increase the risks of bronchitis?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Absolutely. Smoking reduces the number of cilia in the airway, the tiny structures that help to clear away airway debris, as well as produces the mucous that traps bacterial and dust in the airway. When you burn those away with cigarette smoke, this makes you much more susceptible to all airway illnesses, including bronchitis.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for bronchitis to go away?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: This is only answered by the etiology of the bronchitis. Viral bronchitis, the most common, usually resolves within 1-2 weeks, but there can be ongoing residual cough that takes weeks to months to resolve. Bacterial bronchitis responds to antibiotics, with the same post-infectious course. Inflammatory and asthmatic bronchitis can go months, depending on the level of control.

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