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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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Diagnosed with acute tracheobronchitis . My throat is so sore i choke when i eat . I have to hold my breath and i get dizzy . Help?

Diagnosed with  acute tracheobronchitis . My throat is so sore i choke when i eat . I have to hold my breath and i get dizzy . Help?

Get treated: Sounds like oropharyngeal edema. You may need to go to liquids for a while. Popsicles and jello may go down better. See your pcp. ...Read more

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Acute tracheobronchitis, croup, stridor , RSV . Thought to be what I have . Normal chest X-ray , CT scan normal blood ox normal.Help. What test do next?

Acute tracheobronchitis, croup, stridor , RSV . Thought to be what I have . Normal chest X-ray , CT scan normal blood ox normal.Help. What test do next?

Possible rx: If you have an acute infection, the symptoms most likely will resolve without need for further testing. If you have had symptoms for three or more weeks, a secondary infection, antibiotics may be used to treat a specific bacterial infection; prolonged inflammation is treatable with aerosolized steroids. These are some possible management options. ...Read more

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What should I take to get rid of acute bronchitis?

What should I take to get rid of acute bronchitis?

Cough medicine: It's usually viral, so antibiotics generally aren't recommended. Treatment is symptomatic, with cough medicines. ...Read more

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Can Singulair (montelukast) help treat acute bronchitis?

Can Singulair (montelukast) help treat acute bronchitis?

Singulair (montelukast): Should be OK but if it is not helping within a day or two, please contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Is an inhaler commonly given to patients with acute bronchitis?

Is an inhaler commonly given to patients with acute bronchitis?

Not uncommon: If symptoms of sob and broncho-constriction are present on exam, then the rx of an inhaler (broncho-dilator) is often provided with other treatments. ...Read more

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I have acute bronchitis, i just coughed up a brownish stringy mucus is that bad?

I have acute bronchitis, i just coughed up a brownish stringy mucus is that bad?

Not necessarily ...: It's not uncommon with an active or resolving bronchitis to bring up colored sputum. Often it represents your immune system's inflammatory response to an infection. Be aware, it can be a sign of some irritation of the airways and old blood(though this is usually dark). If you start coughing up any sputum with blood or blood clots or black material please contact your primary care doctor ASAP! ...Read more

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Is it possible for the acute bronchitis to still not go away even after antibiotics?

Is it possible for the acute bronchitis to still not go away even after antibiotics?

Yes: In a non-smoking, otherwise healthy 19 year old, bronchitis is hardly ever caused by a bacteria, so antibiotics have no effect. Most cases are viral and go away on their own. If it is not better after a couple of weeks, consider another diagnosis - usually it's asthma, sometimes whooping cough. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Upper Airway Infection (Definition)

The common cold generally involves a runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. You may also have a sore throat, cough, headache, or other symptoms. Over 200 viruses ...Read more