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What meds treat acute bronchitis?

What meds treat acute bronchitis?

Depends...: If acute bronchitis is due to bacterial infection, then antibiotics are usually prescribed. If there is a viral etiology, treatment is aimed at symptom management while the infection runs its course. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more


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What causes acute bronchitis to develop?

What causes acute bronchitis to develop?

Infection...: Acute bronchitis is caused by an infection of the airways; usually bacterial or viral etiology. ...Read more

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What can I do to manage acute bronchitis?

What can I do to manage acute bronchitis?

Treatment...: Drink plenty of fluids, rest as much as possible, avoid smoking. If your acute bronchitis is due to bacteria, finish the antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. If there is bronchospasm present, your doctor may prescribe bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How long does acute bronchitis last in kids?

How long does acute bronchitis last in kids?

10-14 days: Acute pediatric bronchitis in otherwise healthy kids is usually viral and resolves in 10-14 days from symptom onset, with complete healing. ...Read more

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How long does acute bronchitis last normally?

Can vary: Acute bronchitis usually last from 5-7 days to up to 2 weeks. Depending on the person, symptoms my persist for a couple of weeks up to a month. Some are more sensitive than others to the viral or bacterial insult to the bronchial lining. Asthmatics especially! if not improving in a couple of weeks or worsening or if fever, purulent sputum or other worsening symptoms, get checked out. ...Read more

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Can you exercise if you have acute bronchitis?

Can you exercise if you have acute bronchitis?

Depends...: It depends on the level of illness and the intended exercise. If you have a fever or if you have a significant cough and/or shortness of breath, you should hold off on exercising until the infection is resolving. If you have only mild cold symptoms perhaps light exercise might be ok. To be certain of what is right in your case, see your doctor who can advise you on when you can resume exercise. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of acute bronchitis?

What are the usual symptoms of acute bronchitis?

Symptoms...: Typical symptoms of acute bronchitis include shortness of breath, cough productive of discolored sputum, fever, chills, decreased appetite, fatigue, body aches. If you think you may have acute bronchitis, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How is acute bronchitis diagnosed over the phone?

Symptoms...: Acute bronchitis symptoms include fever, chills, cough productive of discolored sputum, headache, body aches, fatigue. A physical exam by a physician would be helpful, however, to determine the presence of bronchospasm since, if present, inhalers would be needed in addition to antibiotics. And, antibiotics are not prescribed if acute bronchitis is due to a viral infection. ...Read more

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I think I have acute bronchitis--what should I do?

I think I have acute bronchitis--what should I do?

Need more info: Nearly all cases of bronchitis are caused by viruses, and antibiotics will not help. But you should not self-diagnose. Everyone should have a primary care doc or nurse practitioner to keep track of your health. Did you have a fever? cough keeping you up? Is it productive? Listening to your chest might change your diagnosis to a walking phneumonia, caused by mycoplasma gondii, which is treatable ...Read more

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