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can doctors usually tell if a person has bacterial bronchitis without an x-ray?

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Dr. William Nyman
Radiology 38 years experience
Yes: Bronchitis is not often detectable on a chest x-ray. This test is performed to rule out an associated pneumonia or other underlying lung issues which may have similar presentations bronchitis is a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms, physical findings and lab tests.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Bronchitis - no xray: Bronchitis is easily diagnosed by listening to the chest. One does not need x-ray to diagnose or confirm it. Nowadays, even simple pneumonias do not need x-rays for diagnosis.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Yes...: This diagnosis is made on clinical grounds: your symptoms and physical exam. Blood work can sometimes be helpful. A chest x-ray can be done to determine whether or not you have pneumonia but it does not diagnose acute bronchitis.

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Is it safe to get x-rays while pregnant?

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Yes: Undergoing a single diagnostic imaging study does not have enough radiation exposure to threaten the well being of a developing baby. Multiple studies, however, could have some harmful effect if the accumulative radiation dose gets high enough. There are different levels or radiation exposure based on the study. Regular x-rays are very ow in radiation, where CT scans are higher.
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X-rays & mris: are they necessary?

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Can be necessary: Most physicians have had medical professors in medical school tell them that x-rays (including mris) and blood tests are only needed to confirm what one is already thinking. Confirmation, however, may be necessary when the answer is not so obvious.
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Why are bacteria more antibiotic resistant these days?

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Antibiotic pressure: When bacteria are exposed to antibiotics the strongest bacteria survive. Strength is gained by genetic mutations & by acquiring resistance genes from other bacteria. This selection for resistant bacteria is called antibiotic pressure. Since the 1st antibiotic was introduced in 1935 bacteria continue to gain resistance in 'snow-balling' fashion. Some bacteria today are resistant to all antibiotics.
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Can herbal supplements be infected with bacteria?

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Do I really need to boil water for longer to reduce bacterial contamination at higher altitudes?

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