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Doctor insights on: Antibiotics For Bronchitis And Pneumonia

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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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I have bronchiatis also and have aspiration pneumonia can the chest pain I have becaused by this. I've done 2 different antibodics and no help?

I have bronchiatis also and have aspiration pneumonia can the chest pain I have becaused by this. I've done 2 different antibodics and no help?

Possibly: Typically, the pain caused by respiratory infection is worse with deep breath and cough. If yours meets those criteria, then it's likely related. If you have aspiration pneumonia, the question becomes, "why did you aspirate?" if you continue to aspirate, the antibiotics have an uphill battle. ...Read more

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Does xray show pneumonia/acute bronchitis/bronchiospasms? Already taken antibiotics for pneumonia/ bronchitis. No help. What is the next step?

Does xray show pneumonia/acute bronchitis/bronchiospasms?  Already taken antibiotics for pneumonia/ bronchitis. No help. What is the next step?

Pneumonia: Hi,to diagnose Pneumonia one needs to have symptoms plus CXR finding, therefore a CXR alone is not diagnostic for Pneumonia, also Bronchospasm is diagnosed from the symptoms and the examination signs, and acute Bronchitis is a clinical diagnosis, if you are having symptoms you should see ur provider for further assessment. Feel better soon. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have pneumonia or bronchitis?

How can I tell if I have pneumonia or bronchitis?

You cannot: That difference would require an exam and likely a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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What are bad symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia?

What are bad symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia?

Possibilities...: Both pneumonia and acute bronchitis are caused by infections. Symptoms that are worrisome include high fever, shortness of breath, hemoptysis (coughing blood). These symptoms would warrant an evaluation by your doctor. Also, if symptoms are worsening, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could bronchitis turn into pneumonia?

Please tell me, could bronchitis turn into pneumonia?

Yes: The diagnosis of bronchitis is made by a physician, from a thorough history and physical. It is generally a self-limiting inflammation of the airways in the lung due to an upper respiratory infection. In general, it includes a cough that last at least 5 days and is associated with sputum production. Pneumonia can develop from bronchitis. ...Read more

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What are some signs bronchitis is turning into pneumonia?

What are some signs bronchitis is turning into pneumonia?

Fever, cough: Signs ; symptoms of pneumonia: fever (usually 102f and above), chills, difficulty breathing, chest pain on taking deep breath ; cough. You may not have to have all of these signs. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bronchitis, could it turn into pneumonia?

What to do if I have bronchitis, could it turn into pneumonia?

Could: Usually when treated bronchitis stays that way. It is adviseable to see your doctor and not let it go ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between pneumonia and bronchitis in toddlers?

How can you distinguish between pneumonia and bronchitis in toddlers?

Stethoscope : Symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia can be very similar in toddlers. By using a stethoscope, a trained physician can listen to the lungs and likely determine the differences. A chest X-ray can also be helpful. Regardless, treatment modalities are quite similar. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have bronchitis, flu or pneumonia?

How to tell if I have bronchitis, flu or pneumonia?

In general: Bronchitis is limited to the lungs and causes coughand typically , no fever. Pneumonia symptoms are similar to bronchitis but are usually a more severe cough , and can include fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain , and the diagnosis is made by a chest x-ray. Flu is a systemic illness and includes runny nose, cough, high fever, and body aches. It takes an experienced physician to put this togethe. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more