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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Overview)

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 be acute or chronic.


Dr. Sue Ferranti
1,211 Doctors shared insights

Bronchitis (Overview)

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 be acute or chronic.


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What increases my risk for acute bronchitis besides smoking?

What increases my risk for acute bronchitis besides smoking?

Infection...: If you are exposed to a person with acute bronchitis, you could inhale their infection when they cough. Avoiding people who are sick as much as possible will decrease your risk of acquiring the infection in this manner. Also, frequent hand washing will prevent transferring the bacteria or virus to your mucous membranes, another way of acquiring the infection. ...Read more

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Treating Acute Bronchitis (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
Daily
Take ibuprofen for pain
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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my bronchitis?

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my bronchitis?

Depends...: Acute bronchitis can be diagnosed by your family doctor on the basis of your symptoms and physical exam findings. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, can be diagnosed by your family doctor on symptoms, physical exam findings and pulmonary function testing. Typically, pfts are interpreted by a lung doctor but can be ordered by your family doctor and the results will be sent to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any treatments for bronchitis?

Bronchitis Tx.: 95% of the time, acute bronchitis is a viral infection, so the mainstay of treatment would be steroids, usually taken in pill form. For the minority of cases that could be bacterial, we tend to add in an antibiotic, like Zithromax or Levaquin, (levofloxacin) to be complete. However, the steroid is the real mandatory part of the treatment, ...Read more

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How does bronchitis develop?

How does bronchitis develop?

Type?: Acute bronchitis is due to either a bacterial or viral infection of the airways whereas chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is usually due to smoking. ...Read more

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Is joint pain and stiffness a normal symptom with bronchitis?

Is joint pain and stiffness a normal symptom with bronchitis?

It is not uncommon: Body aches, joint pain and tiredness usually due to infection. In most cases, the cause is a virus and plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids, avoiding smoking, and possibly a prescription for an inhaled bronchodilator and OTC NSAIDs may be very helpful. ...Read more

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What is bronchitis symptoms?

What is bronchitis symptoms?

Symptoms...: Acute bronchitis symptoms include cough productive of discolored sputum, cold symptoms, fever, chills, body aches, shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. Symptoms of chronic bronchitis include cough productive of sputum, shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. Without any symptoms of infection. ...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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3yr old daughter diagnosis with bronchitis but still has bad coughing fits for 5weeks on inhaler for last 2 weeks. Will this cause long term damage?

Prob not bronchitis: This is probably not bronchitis. She probably has asthma type symptoms and may need better asthma management. Instead of just a quick relief inhaler, such as Albuterol, she may need an inhaled steroid inhaler to reduce swelling in the lungs. Singulair (montelukast) is also a good allergy/asthma prevention med that may help. See her doctor and find out what else should be done ...Read more

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Do doctors diagnose bronchitis by how long the person has been coughing?

Do doctors diagnose bronchitis by how long the person has been coughing?

No: The diagnosis is based upon the history, the physical exam and any testing done such as xrys. The whole picture is evaluated, not just 1 piece of the puzzle. ...Read more

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How do you treat bronchitis?

Depends on cause: Bronchitis can be viral or bacterial. Viruses take time to resolve. Bacterial infections can go away on their own, but sometimes needs antibiotics. Depending on your other health history, like smoking and presence of other lung disease like asthma or copd, your doctor may consider treatment of bronchitis. ...Read more

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How does a lab test for bronchitis?

How does a lab test for bronchitis?

Acute or chronic?: Acute bronchitis is caused by an infection in the airways and is usually diagnosed by a doctor once an evaluation is done. Sometimes a sputum culture can help determine the bacteria causing the infection. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is diagnosed by a physician evaluation and pulmonary function testing. ...Read more

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What are the tests for chronic bronchitis?

What are the tests for chronic bronchitis?

Diagnosis...: The diagnosis of chronic bronchitis is made via a physician's evaluation of the patient in conjunction with pulmonary function testing, which demonstrates the chronic obstruction as well as its severity. Pulse ox is used to determine if there is adequate oxygenation whereas abg analysis can determine if there is adequate ventilation as well as oxygenation. ...Read more

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How do u know if u have bronchitis?

How do u know if u have bronchitis?

Acute or chronic?: Acute bronchitis is often manifested by a cough productive of discolored mucous and often accompanies URI symptoms. A fever and body aches may also be present and it can have either a bacterial or viral etiology. Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and is defined by a cough productive of discolored sputum in a person with a history of smoking. It is usually not associated with cold sxs or fever. ...Read more

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What causes bronchitis?

Two types....: 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. ...Read more

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How is chronic bronchitis treated?

How is chronic bronchitis treated?

Treatment...: Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is typically treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as supplemental oxygen if the oxygen level in the blood is low. Smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment. There is no cure but symptoms can be managed with therapy so see your doctor for specific treatment as well as diagnosis. ...Read more

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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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What is the best treatment for bronchitis?

What is the best treatment for bronchitis?

Depends....: There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic, each with different therapies. Acute bronchitis is usually due to either a bacterial or viral infection of the airways. The bacterial infection is treated with antibiotics while the viral infection is treated symptomatically only as antibiotics don't treat viruses. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is treated w/ inhalers, oxygen if needed, etc. ...Read more