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Bronchiolitis In Adults Symptoms
Cough and wheeze: Yes, bronchiolitis is typically an inflammation of the very small airways or bronchiole tubes in infants and is typically caused by a virus, often times the RSV virus. Symtoms include cough, wheezing, congestion, runny nose, fever, and other symptoms seen with viral illnesses. Very young, premature babies can be particularly affected by bronchiolitis. ...Read more
Cough, fever: Bronchiolitis is common in infants and children, and is caused by viruses like respiratory syncitial virus (rsv). It causes a cough, runny nose, and fever. While this is generally not serious in children, some infants experience extreme difficulty breathing and may require breathing treatments and monitoring within the hospital. See your doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more
Can you catch bronchiolitis more than once? Is there anything that can be done early when symptoms first show to try to stop it?
Yes: I assume since you use the term "bronchiolitis" that you are speaking of your baby. Unfortunately, the answer to your first question is yes, babies can catch a new virus again that will cause bronchiolitis. If one is prone to the wheezing that goes along with viruses, then there is not much you can do once the virus has started to hasten the episode. Best of luck! ...Read more
Definitely yes: Smaller calibered lower airway (bronchioles) and poor handling of respiratory secretions in infants make bronchiolitis problematic to them. ...Read more
I had bronchiolitis when I was a young child, is there a chance of it coming back when you are an adult?
My 3 month old has had pneumonia and bronchiolitis all in past month. She cont to have upper resp symptoms and low grade temps. What else could it be?
See below: Bronchiolitis and pneumonia can go together and symptoms can persist for weeks but should be slowly improving. If she is worsening or the fevers are increasing then she needs to be seen by the pediatrician as another process could be occurring. She should also be seen if symptoms persist into weeks 3&4 to ensure she is moving in the right direction. ...Read more
Bronchiolitis tends to be more severe in children under 1 year of age, babies born early, or children with underlying medical problems. One worrisome sign is retractions, when a baby is breathing so hard that s/he is pulling at her/his skin and you can see the ribs as s/he breathes.
Any hard, fast breathing, flaring of the nostrils, or high fever over 3 days should also be checked by your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: This is a very severe lung disease and is very debilitating and many times ultimately fatal. ...Read more
4 months old w/symptoms similar of those of a cold or bronchiolitis. Air travel scheduled 2 months ago. Neb treatment for cough spasms. Travel ok?
Ask your infant's: Doctor. They can answer this more appropriately based on their exam of him/her and the specific treatment. It also depends on how long the flight is. You may not be able to give him a neb treatment on the plane. Please give a call to the pediatrician before you go. ...Read more
My 9 month old daughter is having difficulty breathing. Showing mild bronchiolitis symptoms. Can I care for her at home, or should I take her to A&E?
Consult a doctor if your baby appears to become worse. In particular:If your baby does not feed or drink well.
If the number of breaths each minute increases.
If your baby is struggling to breathe.
If your baby loses a good pink colour and becomes pale or blue. ...Read more
My child has bronchiolitis, the symptoms are becoming smaller but always starts, with a throat infec?
Colds lead to coughs: In a young child who has had an episode of bronchiolitis (usually from RSV virus infection), future colds can more easily cause coughing and wheezing, until he is a couple of years older. This is because the first episode of bronchiolitis made his lungs become very sensitive to future infections. The next nose or throat infection triggers wheezing and coughing in the sensitive lungs. ...Read more
Lung infection: Bronchiolitis is an infection of the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs (bronchioles). The small airways become inflamed, swollen and filled with mucus. This can lead to breathing difficulty. It is caused by viruses such as RSV and influenza. It is more common in children under age 2 and peaks at 3-6 months of age. ...Read more
Infant infection: Bronchiolitis is a condition of the lungs in infants. It is caused by a viral illness, RSV as an example, that causes inflammation (swelling) in the lung tissues. A baby often has a runny nose and cough, with a faster breathing rate. Time is usually the cure but some episodes can worsen, requiring medication and occasional hospitalization. ...Read more
Lower resp Infection: Bronchiolitis is an infection of the small breathing tubes (bronchioles) of the lungs. It's usually caused by a virus. The infection can cause swelling in those small airways, extra fluid production, and therefore making it hard for your baby to breath sometimes. It usually start with some mild cough and congestion that progressively worsens and can lead to fast breathing. ...Read more
Bronchiolitis: Bronchiolitis is wheezing, coughing and congestion in an infant or baby caused by a virus most commonly RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). There is no antibiotic for bronchiolitis. In the case of small infants hospitalization may be necessary. Cough medicines are not very helpful. If the infant's breathing is rapid or labored then they need to be seen by the doctor right away. ...Read more
Monitor: Bronchiolitis is usually a viral infection that causes inflammation of the airways. In the vast majority of cases, in healthy individuals, it is almost like a cold and no medication is needed. It lasts usually a week to 10 days. It can, however, cause significant problems in young children, infants and also in the elderly and immunocompromised people. ...Read more
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Bronchiolitis: Bronchiolitis is a viral infection of the the smaller (bronchioles) breathing tubes. It is usually seen in the winter season. Bronchiolitis can be life-threatening in infants who were born premature, those who have congenital heart defects, cystic fibrosis and immune deficiency as they may develop apnea or respiratory failure requiring ICU care. In older children it presents like a cold. ...Read more
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
Mucous!: A very common childhood illness caused by a viral infection. Results in increased secretions, cough, wheeze and sometimes shortness of breath. There is often confusion between this and asthma (there is probably some overlap in the diagnoses). Clearing secretions from the nose in very young children makes a big difference. It does not respond to antibiotics. Sometimes ventolin helps a little. ...Read more
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Supportive measures: Bronchiolitis has a viral cause and can last up to 2 weeks in normal children, usually infants. No antibiotics and no cough medications are indicated. Occasionally bronchodilators (inhaled) may benefit a child, and help with the cough, but are not often used unless an infant is hospitalized. ...Read more