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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Overview)

Bronchitis is an inflammation or infection of the bronchi, or windpipes. Coughing is a common symptom.


Dr. John Munshower
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: bronchitis?

Dr. John Munshower
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What is the definition or description of: bronchitis?

Bronchitis: 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.]). ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Overview)

Bronchitis is an inflammation or infection of the bronchi, or windpipes. Coughing is a common symptom.


Dr. Sue Ferranti
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
24 years in practice
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How does bronchitis develop?

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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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Treating Acute Bronchitis (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Take ibuprofen for pain
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Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
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Is joint pain and stiffness a normal symptom with bronchitis?

Dr. Paul Grin
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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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What is bronchitis symptoms ?

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
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What are some signs bronchitis is turning into pneumonia?

Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
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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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Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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?

Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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 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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Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Do doctors diagnose bronchitis by how long the person has been coughing?

Dr. Mark Diamond
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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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Dr. Leila Wing
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How do you treat bronchitis?

Dr. Leila Wing
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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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How does a lab test for bronchitis?

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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