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Is acute bronchitis contagious?

Is acute bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Acute bronchitis is currently considered to be caused mostly by viruses, which are quite contagious. It can be transmitted in the air, by coughing, and by contact with the sick person's hands (if the hands have been coughed on or touched the mouth). The most contagious period is usually early in the illness, and shortly before the illness begins to show symptoms. ...Read more

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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics, steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more


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Until when is acute bronchitis contagious?

Until when is acute bronchitis contagious?

Depends....: There are many different bacteria and viruses that can cause acute bronchitis, each with a different incubation period and shedding time. So, the amount of time a person is contagious depends on which organism is causing the infection. ...Read more

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How long is acute bronchitis contagious for?

How long is acute bronchitis contagious for?

It is not contagious: Acute bronchitis is a reaction to a viral respiratory infection (vri) by suseptible indiviuals, leading to frequent cough, increased mucus production, chest tightness, wheezing. Less than 20% of the population over react to the irritation of a vri with symptoms noted previously. The underlying vri is contagious for 24 hr before the onset of symptoms and for about 5 days after the symptoms begin. ...Read more

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When is acute bronchitis contagious and when is it not? Seems physicians some say it is and some say it isn't?

When is acute bronchitis contagious and when is it not? Seems physicians some say it is and some say it isn't?

Hard to tell: Some cases are viral & contagious during the early febrile phase but less so as it progresses. Some will represent a mycoplasma germ that is contagious & often affects groups. Most that have a simple bacterial bronchitis do so from normal airway germs that settle in after a virus, these are not contagious. My routine is to consider them contagious until fever free 24h or on med 24h. ...Read more

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How long is acute bronchitis contagious? I'm over most symptoms except some fatigue and coughing up mucus and blood in the AM. Approx. Day 9

How long is acute bronchitis contagious? I'm over most symptoms except some fatigue and coughing up mucus and blood in the AM. Approx. Day 9

24 hours no fever: In general, to help avoid the spread of illness it is advisable to avoid close contact with others during the febrile phase until fever free (without medicine) for 24 hours. Now, know that viruses can be transmitted by secretions so STILL be sure to cover mouth when coughing and wash hands often! ...Read more

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Is my acute bronchitis contageous? For how long?

What is the cause?: If its caused by a virus or bacteria.You are contagious until you are under treatment for a bacterial infection. For a viral illness you may be contagious for four to seven days. Acute bronchitis caused by allergy (asthma) doesn't not carry an allergic component. ...Read more

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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

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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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What to eat and what not to eat when having acute bronchitis?

What to eat and what not to eat when having acute bronchitis?

Bronchitis diet: Lots of fluids is important. Avoiding foods that cause allergies (if you have any). Some folks find avoidance of fried foods (causes more inflammation); high fat dairy products (exacerbates mucus production); refined sugar; & salty foods (thicker mucus and inflammation) are beneficial. ...Read more

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How is acute bronchitis be fatal in an elder?

How is acute bronchitis be fatal in an elder?

Infection...: Acute bronchitis is due to infection of the airways. If the infection is severe enough, it could result in decreased oxygen levels in the body which, in turn, could cause the heart to have a fatal arrhythmia. Fortunately, this does not happen often as most cases of acute bronchitis resolve with treatment. It could also infect the lungs, causing pneumonia, which is sometimes fatal, esp in elderly. ...Read more

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I have acute bronchitis and asthma should I go to school tommorow?

I have acute bronchitis and asthma should I go to school tommorow?

Asthma & bronchitis: It depends, on how you feel, how long have been on treatment, if you are stable with no fever, not too much cough, no trouble breathing & no wheezing, yes you can, perhaps it would be better for you if you skip gym this week, you will need a doctor's note to go back to school. Feel better &good luck. ...Read more

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I have a relatively bad cough from acute bronchitis/chest cold. What should I do?

I have a relatively bad cough from acute bronchitis/chest cold. What should I do?

See doctor: It is best for you to see doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How many hours apart should I take cephalexin for acute bronchitis three times a day?

6-8hrs: Every 6-8 hours. Keflex may not be the best drug for the infection you describe, altho it could work. Ask your doc. ...Read more

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I don't know if I have depression or I am just sick becausei have acute bronchitis. What do I do?

I don't know if I have depression or I am just sick becausei have acute bronchitis. What do I do?

It could be both: Or at least the begining of both. People who are facing a chronic illness, often see fewer options in life and this can lead to depression. A good counselor who deals with issues of chronic illness should be able to help you sort thngs out and give you options whether you are depressed or just streessed out. ...Read more

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Could you pass acute bronchitis on to someone else through kissing or sharing the same air space?

Yes...: You could spread the airway infection via droplet exposure. So, if you cough/sneeze and someone else inhales the droplets, they could catch your infection. You could also expose someone via kissing. ...Read more

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Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?

Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?

Different issues.: These are two different infections, involve different areas of the lungs, and usually have different etiologies (viral, bacterial). You can't give yourself a pneumonia by suppressing the cough of bronchitis. Just make sure you're treating the right thing. ...Read more

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One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more