bronchitis

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It is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (the larger and medium-sized airways that carry airflow from the trachea into the more distal parts of the lung parenchyma). It may be infectious and require antibiotics, or steroid like meds to help treat it. (It can be acute or chronic [smokers, etc.]).
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Dr. Sue Ferranti answered:

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Two types...

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Acute bronchitis is due to a bacteria or virus and is associated with a productive cough, fever, body aches, URI symptoms. Chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD, is due to airway inflammation usually due to smoking and is characterized by a productive cough that lasts for months and is not associated with fever, cold sxs, etc. The treatment depends on the type of bronchitis present.
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what is bronchitis?

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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.
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Dr. Kenneth Smith answered:

What is bronchitis?

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Inflammation within bronchi (airways.) Can be viral bacterial and chemical. .Generally manifested as cough with wheezing and sometimes sputum production and fever.
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What helps Bronchitis?

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Drink plenty of fluids. Use cough medicine to help break/bring up the mucus. You can suck on cough drops or hard candies to soothe a dry or sore throat.
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can kids get bronchitis?

Yes

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Kids can get bronchitis. It can be allergic, viral or bacterial in. Nature.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti answered:

What causes bronchitis ?

Two types....

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There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is due to an infection in the airways, usually either bacterial or viral. Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and is usually due to smoking.
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can bronchitis be viral?

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Dr. Ester Kwok answered:

Is bronchitis contagious?

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Inflammation of the bronchial tubes caused by either viruses or bacteria is contagious.
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Dr. Bahman Omrani answered:

Is bronchitis contagious?

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If it is an infectious bronchitis depending on what the infectious etiology is the bug can be passed on to others through coughing. It can also be passed on through contact which highlights the importance of frequent hand washing. A mask is recommended if concern is present.
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Dr. Vance Harris answered:

is bronchitis contagious?

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Bronchitis is defined as an inflammation of the bronchial tubes of the respiratory infection. Cough is the predominant symptom. Usually this is self-limiting and will heal completely on its own. Most infections are viral although bacterial infections can cause bronchitis as well. Contrary to popular belief antibiotics are not always necessary. It is just as contagious as any viral infection.
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