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are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my bronchitis?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera answered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Regular: Your regular doctor should be well trained in the diagnosis and management of bronchitis.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Regular doc: Can diagnose you and treat you.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Depends...: Acute bronchitis can be diagnosed by your family doctor on the basis of your symptoms and physical exam findings. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, can be diagnosed by your family doctor on symptoms, physical exam findings and pulmonary function testing. Typically, pfts are interpreted by a lung doctor but can be ordered by your family doctor and the results will be sent to your doctor.

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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 22-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for bronchitis to go away?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carroll answered
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.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Why might I develop bronchitis each time I get a cold?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
It's part of the col: It's not unusual to develop a cough at the tail end of a cold. People tend to call it bronchitis when they think they need antibiotics, even though studies shows that antibiotics are no more effective than placebo for treating bronchitis. Smokers often develop more of these symptoms after a cold than non-smokers do..
A 42-year-old member asked:

How come i tend to develop bronchitis every time i get a cold?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alessandra Bertolucci
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Smoker?: Do have a history of smoking, if that's the case smoking keep defending system occupied and unable to perform regular duties: antiinfective. Also do you drink enough to hydrate and facilitate clearing of bronchi.
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A 27-year-old male asked:

I'm in Italy starting to develop bronchitis, don't want to ruin my holiday, what can I do? am I even covered in Italy?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Possible Bronchitis : The only way to know if you are covered by insurance is to call the number on the back of your card and find out about international coverage. Better to err on the side of caution and see a doctor there. If bronchitis, it likely won't cost much and you will have peace of mind. Ciao. Peace and good health.

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