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Are there different options for treating bronchitis?

Are there different options for treating bronchitis?

Yes: Most cases of acute bronchitis are viral and require no treatment, with spontaneous recovery being the rule. If you smoke i would strongly suggest stopping, or if you are working in contaminated air wear protective breathing apparatus, or if allergic, get desensitized. This is rarely bacterial (unless chronic bronchitis) and should not be treated with antibiotics without a good reason. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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Will bronchitis affect children differently than adults?

Will bronchitis affect children differently than adults?

Yes: Most times bronchitis in children is caused by a virus not so in adults. Bronchitis in children is usually self limiting, time will cure it. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis and can't take off work. What are my options?

I have bronchitis and can't take off work. What are my options?

Drugs and rest: See your doctor. Load up on your antibiotics, get pleny of rest and plenty of fluids. Rest is one of your best treatmens but it sounds like you are not going to do that anyway. ...Read more

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How are bronchitis and pneumonia different?

How are bronchitis and pneumonia different?

Easy: The definition of pneumonia is inflammation involving the parenchyma (tissues) of the lung. When this happens there will be changes on imaging studies defining the area, type and extent of the inflammation. This does not occur with bronchitis, which only affects the tubes carrying air into the lungs. ...Read more

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What are the different signs of bronchitis and pneumonia in toddlers?

Bronchitis is viral: Bacterial bronchitis really nonexistent in kids. Bronchitis is just a way of saying chest cold. Same virus that causes a cold, but it involves upper airway between lungs & vocal cords. Treated the same way: rest & patience. Pneumonia is also usually viral in kids, but can also be bacterial. Warning signs: prolonged high fever, labored breathing, marked inactivity. Type of cough is unimportant. ...Read more

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How are bronchitis and asthma different?

How are bronchitis and asthma different?

Indeed: Although both conditions involve inflammation in the airways, asthma is associated with airway constriction often related to allergy. People with asthma often have wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Chronic bronchitis is usually associated with tobacco smoking (not allergy) and the symptoms consist mainly of a wet cough (phlegm production). ...Read more

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How is tracheobronchitis different from just bronchitis?

How is tracheobronchitis different from just bronchitis?

Location...: Tracheobronchitis means that the trachea is also involved whereas bronchitis means the bronchial tubes are involved. The 2 terms define where the problem is located anatomically. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for bronchitis?

What are treatment options for bronchitis?

Treatment...: Acute bronchitis is usually due to either a bacterial or viral infection. If due to bacteria, antibiotics are used whereas if it is due to a virus, symptom management is employed. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is treated with smoking cessation, bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Oxygen is prescribed if the oxygen level is low enough to warrant this therapy. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for two months and was told it was chronic bronchitis. What's the best medicine for bronchitis cause i've been put on different medication and nothing is working?

I've had a cough for two months and was told it was chronic bronchitis. What's the best medicine for bronchitis cause i've been put on different medication and nothing is working?

COPD...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, usually the result of smoking. If you are smoking, it is imperative that you quit and your doctor can help with this. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers are the mainstay of therapy and other medications can be prescribed, depending on your symptoms. See your doctor for treatment. Antibiotics are only needed if you have signs/symptoms of acute infection. ...Read more

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I have a fever of 101.2 and bronchitis, and I have no medical so going to the doctor is not an option. Help?

I have a fever of 101.2 and bronchitis, and I have no medical so going to the doctor is not an option. Help?

Bronchitis: Most places have free clinic for uninsured. You may have to find the nearest place. It is not recommended to diagnose or treat without direct contact with patients. ...Read more

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Should i seek ER medical attention? I visited my dr's office today and saw a different dr then normal. I have been coughing. I was told I have the beginning signs of phenomia and bronchitis. I was prescribed an antibiotic that does not work for me. When i

Should i seek ER medical attention? I visited my dr's office today and saw a different dr then normal. I have been coughing. I was told I have the beginning signs of phenomia and bronchitis. I was prescribed an antibiotic that does not work for me. When i

Oh : Oh my. That doesn't sound like a very pleasant interaction with the doctor. Some antibiotics are excellent at treating certain conditions but perform poorly with other medical problems. Perhaps, this is why the doctor prescribed the medication even if you have not had successes with it in the past. I don't know that i would automatically go to the er. You may wish to try the medication for your pulmonary symptoms to see if it is helpful for that condition. Going to the er would be both time consuming and very expensive for you. Do you know when your regular doctor will return? I think that the situation merits discussing with him or her (from a medical aspect as well as regarding the quality of the doctor - patient interaction that occurred. Take care. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Can same virus have different affect on different people? For example an adult may get bronchitis whereas an infant get sore throat and fever from it

Can same virus have different affect  on different people? For example an adult may get bronchitis whereas an infant get sore throat and fever from it

Sure: This is seen commonly! A baby or toddler may just get a runny nose and cough for three days, and then the adults exposed to the child may get "bronchitis" with more manifestation of coughing during the illness. ...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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Was on Cipro (ciprofloxacin) 4 days, got a cold, nos 7 days have very deep painful cough like broncitis. Do I need different antibiotic?

Was on Cipro (ciprofloxacin) 4 days, got a cold, nos 7 days have very deep painful cough like broncitis. Do I need different antibiotic?

Depends...: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) doesn't affect viral infections. You could use Cipro (ciprofloxacin) if your doctor thinks you are experiencing a bacterial PNA after the initial viral infection. If a cipro- resistant bacterial strain is thought to be at play, then a different antibiotic will be used. Finally, the "deep", painful cough, if limited in the upper airway, isn't due to ineffective PNA therapy - talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What is bronchitis?

What is bronchitis?

Two types...: There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is usually due to an infection in the airways whereas chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and is typically from smoking. The treatments are different as well so see your doctor if you think you may have a form of bronchitis. ...Read more

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What is bronchitis?

What is bronchitis?

Bronchitis: Inflammation within bronchi (airways.) can be viral bacterial and chemical. .Generally manifested as cough with wheezing and sometimes sputum production and fever. ...Read more

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What is bronchitis?

What is bronchitis?

A lung infection: Its an infection of the airway tubes in the lungs and can lead to pneumonia if caused by a virus or bacterium. If caused by smoking it can lead to permanent lung damage such as COPD, which is not reversible. Inhaling industrial chemicals and other substances can do the same. Common in miners and other workers, if not protected. ...Read more