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Are there things in my control that make bronchitis more likely?

Are there things in my control that make bronchitis more likely?

Allergy control: Bronchitis and similar illnesses are commonly associated to not well controlled respiratory allergic disease. Swelling and increased secretions secondary to allergy produce bronchitis symptoms which might or might not get secondarily infected. Identifying allergens, reducing exposure to them if present and measures to control allergy symptoms reduce the number of bronchitis episodes. ...Read more

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Bronchitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes (the tubes that carry air to ...Read more


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Are there things in my control that make frostbite more likely?

Are there things in my control that make frostbite more likely?

Proper clothing: Avoid extreme temperatures. But if you must be outside wear proper layered clothing and have extra socks available if clothing beamed wet. Emergency supplies and evacuation plan in advance of trip. ...Read more

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Are there things in my control that make drug addiction more likely?

Are there things in my control that make drug addiction more likely?

Triggers for drugs: There are things in your control that make adiction more likely: peer pressure, places you hang out, and things that you do. There are heritable factors that are outside your control, but behavior modification is within your control. ...Read more

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Are there things in my control that make aortic aneurysm more likely?

Are there things in my control that make aortic aneurysm more likely?

Yes: The aorta is the largest artery in the body and is vulnerable to the same factors that cause problems in other arteries. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking all increased the chances of aneurysm formation as does stimulant use (such as cocaine). ...Read more

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Are there things in my control that make chiari malformation more likely?

Are there things in my control that make chiari malformation more likely?

No: A chiari malformation is a congenital malformation where part the cerebellum in the back of the brain lies low and slips through the large opening at the base of the skull. Most patients are born with them, and type 1 is usually asymptomatic. Types 2 and 3 are more severe and often require surgery. An acquired chiari can occur following a lumbar shunt procedure, but this is quite rare. ...Read more

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Are there habits that make bronchiolitis more likely?

Are there habits that make bronchiolitis more likely?

Yes!: Bronchiolitis, a viral infection of the bronchioles (the smallest airways), usually occurs in patients under 2 years old and is most common in babies 3-6 months old. One out of every 9 babies catches it before 1 year old. It's slightly more common in boys, and exposure to secondhand smoke definitely increases the risk. Daycare attendance increases the risk simply by increasing exposure to germs. ...Read more

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Are there lifestyle changes that really make getting rhinitis less likely?

Are there lifestyle changes that really make getting rhinitis less likely?

Not really: If you are genetically predisposed to allergic rhinitis, reducing your exposure to common allergens might help, but the catch-22 is that you won't know which allergens you will react to until you start developing signs of allergic rhinitis. Irritant rhinitis can improve by limiting exposure to irritants such as perfumes and chemicals in your environment; avoid infectious rhinitis with good hygiene. ...Read more

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What are some things that could make birth control less effective?

What are some things that could make birth control less effective?

Decrease BCP's: Antibiotics are the most commly seen drugs that decrease the effectiness of bcp's due to the disturbance of the metabolism of estrogen. Other prime offenders are skipping more than 2 days of pills. ...Read more

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Are there certain things that make getting blocked arteries more likely?

Are there certain things that make getting blocked arteries more likely?

Yes: There are controllable, and uncontrollable factors. The things that you can control are not smoking, watching cholesterol, controlling blood pressure and sugar levels. You cannot control your gender, age and genetics. ...Read more

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Are there certain things that make getting gum disease more likely?

Are there certain things that make getting gum disease more likely?

Yes: Risk factors that increase likelyhood include: smoking, stress, poor oral hygiene, genetic predisposition, suppressed immune system, diabetes, high cholesterol, bacterial transmission through saliva of other contaminated person, familial gum disease, other systemmic inflammatory diseases, etc. ...Read more

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Are there habits that make acne more likely?

Are there habits that make acne more likely?

Bad habits for acne: A habitual diet high in carbs and dairy can affect acne, and make it worse. Picking acne certainly makes scarring more likely. Using lots of make-up can make acne worse as well. ...Read more

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Why are so many people overweight or obese? Is it just poor food and lifestyle choices or is there more to it than that?

Societal obesity.: The high rate of obesity in American society is related to the pervasiveness of rich food options and sedentary lifestyles. As well, our portion sizes tend to be much larger than they should be. And, were a stressed out society, and stress contributes to an increase in adiposity. Then there's genetics, which play a role within families. ...Read more

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Is there anything in particular that can make pneumonia worse? Are there things that should/should not be done?

Is there anything in particular that can make pneumonia worse? Are there things that should/should not be done?

Pneumonia gets worse: Smoking, inadequate rest, improper diagnosis, inadequate or inappropriate antibiotics, failure to check a follow-up chest x -ray to ensure complete resolution of pneumonic infiltrate allow your doctor to help you manage and treat the pneumonia to resolution. ...Read more

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Is there a certain month in pregnancy that women are more likely to smoke?

Is there a certain month in pregnancy that women are more likely to smoke?

Yes: Most pregnant women will stop smoking by the end of their first trimester but resume after at some point after the baby is born. Pregnancy is an excellent me to kick the habit. ...Read more

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Are there habits that make depression more likely?

Are there habits that make depression more likely?

Negative habits: Yes. Things that may contribute to depression include abuse of alcohol, illicit drugs and prescribed medications. Being exposed to prolonged stress , as well as acute tramau, may lead to depression. Bad habits such as poor diet, lack of exercise and poor sleep hygiene are other contributors. Some meds can cause depression, such as beta blockers and steroids. Underlying illnesses may be causes. ...Read more

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Are there things in my control that make bronchitis more likely?

Allergy control: Bronchitis and similar illnesses are commonly associated to not well controlled respiratory allergic disease. Swelling and increased secretions secondary to allergy produce bronchitis symptoms which might or might not get secondarily infected. Identifying allergens, reducing exposure to them if present and measures to control allergy symptoms reduce the number of bronchitis episodes. ...Read more

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What can I do for to control bronchitis in my child?

What can I do for  to control bronchitis in my child?

For control see dr.: Acute bronchitis usually occurs in association with viral respiratory tract infection.Chronic bronchitis is recurring inflammation and degeneration of the bronchial tubes that may be associated with active infection.Chronic bronchitis often associated with asthma, cystic fibrosis, dyskinetic cilia syndrome, foreign body aspiration, or exposure to an airway irritant. See pediatric pulmonologist. ...Read more

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I take 50 mg atenol to control my bp(125-130/75-80) but when I went to the dr. For bronchitis it was very high(156-160/90-95). Is this normal?

I take 50 mg atenol to control my bp(125-130/75-80) but when I went to the dr. For bronchitis it was very high(156-160/90-95).
Is this normal?

Not normal BP but: Your blood pressure was high on this visit and it is not unusual for blood pressure to be higher sometimes when you are sick. Get it checked again and if it remains high you may need change in your treatment. But if remains as was before you can continue with same. ...Read more

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I went to 2 docs they took xray n listen to breathing. I asked if bronchitis is prob, they said likely no but I forgot mention acute/chronic. Matter?

I went to 2 docs they took xray n listen to breathing. I asked if bronchitis is prob, they said likely no but I forgot mention acute/chronic. Matter?

Difference...: Acute bronchitis is due to infection of the airways and will resolve. Symptoms include cold symptoms, cough, fever. Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, usually occurs in smokers and is an incurable, slowly progressive disease. Symptoms include productive cough and shortness of breath. The 2 disorders are very different. ...Read more

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Will someone with chronic bronchitis be more likely to have problems with acidosis or alkalosis?

Will someone with chronic bronchitis be more likely to have problems with acidosis or alkalosis?

Acidosis: Anything that causes decreased exhalation/obstruction (asthma, bronchitis etc.) causes a build up of CO2 and an acidosis. This question is on most medical board exams! ...Read more

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My niece is 21months & has croup about every 8weeks, has had pneumonia & bronchitis do you think she will be more likely to have asthma or alls?

My niece is 21months & has croup about every 8weeks, has had pneumonia & bronchitis do you think she will be more likely to have asthma or alls?

It's possible.: She could have underlying allergies or asthma; her parents should discuss her illness history with her doctor. Sometimes seeing a pediatric pulmonologist or allergist may help sort out the problem and create a management plan so she won't have respiratory problems as frequently. ...Read more

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How long does a cough from acute bronchitis last? I have already seen my doctor and been given hydromet syrup to control the cough.

How long does a cough from acute bronchitis last? I have already seen my doctor and been given hydromet syrup to control the cough.

Acute is < 2 weeks.: The term "acute bronchitis" is a description of a problem, not a diagnosis. It could be viral, or a complication of smoking, or a mycoplasma infection, or asthma. It may take more than one visit to tell if your cough lasts more than two weeks. And young adults are susceptible to pertussis (whooping cough), which can last 3 months. Did you get your pertussis vaccine? ...Read more

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Had shortage of breath from week 2 to 4. Might have been anxiety(controled now)or my bronchitis going away.Im now 5 weeks pregnant. Should I b worried?

Had shortage of breath from week 2 to 4. Might have been anxiety(controled now)or my bronchitis going away.Im now 5 weeks pregnant. Should I b worried?

Follow up visit: Shortness of breath should be evaluated by a doctor. At 5 weeks gestation the effects of pregnancy should be minimal. Your doctor can do a lung exam and determine if any further work up is indicated ...Read more

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I have med anxiety. I just took prednisone for bronchitis(have taken b4 with no prob) but now i'm worried. Is it likely to cause an adverse reaction?

I have med anxiety. I just took prednisone for bronchitis(have taken b4 with no prob) but now i'm worried. Is it likely to cause an adverse reaction?

Anxiety: Many people have anxiety about medications, even ones they have previously taken. You are correct in your labeling the issue is not the medication. Many people take. The problem is your anxiety. Use ccognitive behavioral skills to fight it. Get assistance if you need to because your health is at stake. ...Read more

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I just started 20mg prednisone tonight for bronchitis. I took it at 8pm & its now 1:40am. Im having hot flashes & i'm only 19. How do I control this side effect? I don't like it, but i can't breathe.

I just started 20mg prednisone tonight for bronchitis. I took it at 8pm & its now 1:40am. Im having hot flashes & i'm only 19. How do I control this side effect? I don't like it, but i can't breathe.

Drug reaction: 20-40% of persons who take Prednisone have an adverse reaction to it. This will subside tonight, but you need to call your doctor in the am and clearly tell him/her about this. Do not keep taking it unless absolutely necessary. Side effects could get worse and result in tragedy. There are ways around these effects, but you and your doctor need specialist consultation. Now. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old has a cold with cough, but no fever. How likely is it that he has bronchitis or pneumonia with no fever? A play mate of his has pneumonia.

My 2 yr old has a cold with cough, but no fever. How likely is it that he has bronchitis or pneumonia with no fever? A play mate of his has pneumonia.

Likly virus: Many more children have virus infections with cough than develop pneumonia from bacteria germs. Most of the time, bacterial pneumonia has at least some fever with it. Most of the time, bronchitis just means a wet junky-sounding cough. Call your doctor if fever over 100.5 comes up or if the illness lasts 5-7 days. The playmate could have a virus pneumonia that might be just a cold in your child. ...Read more

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Had a "ms like" episode after bronchitis and taking steroids.Had brain/spine mri, negative for ms but showed spine probs.How likely is it to not be MS?

Had a "ms like" episode after bronchitis and taking steroids.Had brain/spine mri, negative for ms but showed spine probs.How likely is it to not be MS?

MS: Diagnosis is made on clinical neurological findings and symptoms, but also on MRI for confirmation. Spinal tab is also usually used. Spinal probing is usually employed to determine pain "generators" at the level of the foramina which is hard to identify with an MRI. It is not clear if you were referred to spinal probing or if you had one already done. ...Read more

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If I have acute bronchitis and I'm a college student, can I still go to class? My fever and aches are under control and I do not feel any fatigue. I also wear a surgical mask when I'm in class.

If I have acute bronchitis and I'm a college student, can I still go to class? My fever and aches are under control and I do not feel any fatigue. I also wear a surgical mask when I'm in class.

Depends on the cause: often a person gets Acute Bronchitis a few days after having Upper Respiratory Tract Infection such as Cold or Flu,also can be caused by bacteria,Inhaling things that irritate the bronchial tree, such as smoking ...Read more

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I have (likely) viral bronchitis. No fever but on oral steroids albuterol biaxin (clarithromycin) and still short of breath. What now? Increase roids?

I have (likely) viral bronchitis. No fever but on  oral steroids albuterol biaxin (clarithromycin) and still short of breath. What now? Increase roids?

Depends : Depends how long u have been on treatment. If u just started then be patient. If end of u'r treatments u need to call u'r doc for follow up as u may require her/him to listen to chest again or order CXR. Even possibly to get a spirometry test on u. Inhaled steroids and long acting beta agonist, (Advair/Symbicort/Dulera), may be needed instead of more oral steroids? ...Read more

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