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No appetite for 10 days. Diagnosed with bronchitis eventhough no cough.

No appetite for 10 days. Diagnosed with bronchitis eventhough no cough.

That is unusual: The hallmark of acute bronchitis is coughing and so if no cough, I would not call it bronchitis. Maybe u were coughing before and the cough medicine is suppressing your cough? Some medicines can induce loss of appetite, including cough medicines. If no cough from start, I would question the diagnosis. As with your lack of appetite, I can't tell why due to limited info. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Can I have allergic bronchitis with no cough no wheezing. Only constant breathlessness that usually gets better if I go out with friends?

Can I have allergic bronchitis with no cough no wheezing. Only constant breathlessness that usually gets better if I go out with friends?

Unlikely: This implies a psychologic component for the breathlessness. Perhaps you have an anxiety problem which is helped by sharing time with your friends. Counseling may be beneficial. ...Read more

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Can u have bronchitis with no cough? My chest hurts, I have asthma, and I am having really bad headaches as well please help

Can u have bronchitis with no cough? My chest hurts, I have asthma, and I am having really bad headaches as well please help

Not likely: Bronchitis almost always has cough and mucus (phlegm) with it. Symptoms of asthma can overlap with pneumonia depending on whether you cough or wheeze. Headaches suggest something else such as influenza. It sounds like you should call your doctor and be seen if you don't start getting better fairly soon. ...Read more

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How long after bronchitis does the cough last? It's dry and annoying and constant and nothing helps

How long after bronchitis does the cough last? It's dry and annoying and constant and nothing helps

Bronchiolitis: Sometimes after Bronchitis, there is a residual irritation of the airways called Bronchiolitis. It is important to see your doctor as they can do a quick and easy test called a Peak Flow Meter which will rule out Asthma that can sometimes happen after Bronchitis as well. Moreover, your doctor maybe able to prescribe something to make you feel better. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have acute bronchitis without a cough or mucous?

Is it possible to have acute bronchitis without a cough or mucous?

No - except quads: The inflammation of the bronchus (upper large airway) would lead to a cough unless the patient is unable to cough (e.g. they are a quadriplegic). A viral bronchitis can lead to a non-productive cough initially, but usually these will become productive in a short period, so a non-productive cough can be bronchitis. ...Read more

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My wife passed cold to me, it progressed. Now me and my 2 year old son have bronchitis type of cough all day long. Is bronchitis contagious?

My wife passed cold to me, it progressed. Now me and my 2 year old son have bronchitis type of cough all day long. Is bronchitis contagious?

Virus is contagious: The virus is contagious, what each individuals symptoms may be can vary. The same virus can cause only upper respiratory symptoms in one person, bronchitis in another, ear infection in another ...Read more

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Why does my chronic bronchitis make me cough up blood?

Why does my chronic bronchitis make me cough up blood?

Bronchitis: Hello, sometimes excessive amount of coughing can give you a little of blood streaking. But either way if you are coughing up blood, I would take that very seriously. And go see a doctor to get a chest x-ray done at least. ...Read more

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So do I have bronchitis if I cough up yellow think something?

So do I have bronchitis if I cough up yellow think something?

Not necessarily...: If you are coughing and also have a fever, nasal congestion, sore throat, body aches (or at least some of these!) then you probably have acute bronchitis. It is either viral or bacterial depending on the severity of symptoms (bacterial more severe). If you have a productive cough with none of the other symptoms that lasts at least 3 weeks, you may have chronic bronchitis. See your doctor for dx. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis, i only cough in the morning, I do feel slight chest pain, overall quite ok, how bad it is to smoke even half a cigarette a day?

I have bronchitis, i only cough in the morning, I do feel slight chest pain, overall quite ok, how bad it is to smoke even half a cigarette a day?

Bad news: Please stop and avoid second hand as well.
You are young and this will be one of the best moves for health and wealth you can make. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for a couple of weeks from viral bronchitis. When I cough sometimes I can not stop causing me to not be able to breath AT ALL, HELP?

I have had a cough for a couple of weeks from viral bronchitis. When I cough sometimes I can not stop causing me to not be able to breath AT ALL, HELP?

Cough: It sounds like you are experiencing an asthma like condition where the small muscles in your lower airway are spasming. (bronch0spasm). Can you hear yourself wheezing? Most docs would prescribe an inhaler (albuterol) etc and perhaps a short course of steroids. See your primary care provider. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bronchitis and whooping cough?

What are the tests for bronchitis and whooping cough?

Finding the germs: Whooping cough can be diagnosed by finding the germ in the body and/or by measuring body's response to the germ. However, those tests may only useful for certain times after the infection starts, so they may not help. There is not a specific test for bronchitis, although when someone is coughing up mucus for a long time, testing it in the lab to see what germs are there can help guide treatment. ...Read more

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How can you test you for bronchitis and whooping cough?

How can you test you for bronchitis and whooping cough?

Cough: To know for sure, the health care provider may take a sample of mucus from the nasal secretions and send it to a lab, which tests it for pertussis. While this can offer an accurate diagnosis, the test takes some time, and treatment is usually started before the results are ready. ...Read more

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33 y/o male. Recovering from Bronchitis w/ bad cough. Having discomfort in groin around left testicle. Possible from cough? Had epiditymitis before.

33 y/o male. Recovering from Bronchitis w/ bad cough. Having discomfort in groin around left testicle. Possible from cough? Had epiditymitis before.

Unsure...: It is unsure if left testicular & groin discomfort is related with severe cough, which, of course, will induce severe muscle contraction &joint movement possibly resulting in sequential residual ache, which will only be proven by repetitive experiences. To ensure connection between coughing and left groin ache or epididymitis requires detailed history review + physical exam, etc. So, do nothing or ...Read more

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Not sure I have a bronchitis or common cough. I also cough with phlegm and mucus last two days. Wondering if I need to take Advil or not. Thanks! ?

Not sure I have a bronchitis or common cough. I also cough with phlegm and mucus last two days. Wondering if I need to take Advil or not. Thanks! 
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Each a possible: It really depends on the depth of your symptoms and could cause a cough, bronchitis would be more severe, but more likely still viral. If it's more developed and then your physician can help clarify the diagnosis ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 6-year old to sweat and cough, after being sick? My 6 year old was sick with bronchitis, bad fever cough, now that she is doing better, no fever, still coughing, and having cold sweats at night, is that normal should I worry?

Is it normal for a 6-year old to sweat and cough, after being sick? My 6 year old was sick with bronchitis, bad fever cough, now that she is doing better, no fever, still coughing, and having cold sweats at night, is that normal should I worry?

Usually : Usually after a bout of pneumonia or bronchitis, the cough is the last symptom to disappear — occasionally taking weeks to resolve. As long as her cough is continuing to improve, then it most likely is ok. If her cough is worsening or if she is having any difficulty breathing, then you will want to contact her doctor right away. The cold sweats may or may not be concerning — is she still having fever at night and the sweats are when it breaks? If you are noticing a pattern to when she has these, you may want to take her temperature prior to the sweat to make sure she's still not having fever — that would be a reason to see her doctor right away. As long as her fever is gone and her cough is improving, I'd say you were on the right track. If you have any specific questions about her symptoms or treatment, give her doc a call. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've recently went to the doctor & I have bronchitis. Now my cough has worsened & I have a horriable taste in my mouth like a metal!

I've recently went to the doctor & I have bronchitis. Now my cough has worsened & I have a horriable taste in my mouth like a metal!

Antibiotic?: They may have given you an anti-biotic that causes nasty metal taste. The most common ones are biaxin (clarithromycin) and Flagyl (metronidazole), but if your cough is worsening you should let the doctor know, and get re-checked sooner to make sure not turning into pneumonia. ...Read more

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Coughing over a month. Diagnosed with bronchitis. Got better. Cough returned. Barking with metallic taste. 37 weeks pregnant. What should I do?

Coughing over a month. Diagnosed with bronchitis.  Got better.  Cough returned.  Barking with metallic taste. 37 weeks pregnant.  What should I do?

See your doc: Though you said you got better from your bronchitis, I think you may have had a relapse and might benefit from another course of a different antibiotic. There are a number of safe antibiotics you could be treated with so see you doctor and hopefully you will be feeling better before you go into labor. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with bronchitis without a cough. Chest feels bloated but hard to burp. Chest feels congested but no difficulty breathing. What do you think?

Bronchitis: If you were examined by a doc and they heard what sounds like bronchitis in your chest it likely is correct. Sometimes the cough doesn't hit till it loosens up. Give it time. ...Read more

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I am experiencing bronchitis and asthma cough and wheezing (worsened by: in the evening, at night). Shortness of breath. What should I...

I am experiencing bronchitis and asthma cough and wheezing (worsened by: in the evening, at night).  Shortness of breath. What should I...

Doctor can examine: An asthma patient may need more doses of asthma medication or a second medication, or just fine-tuning of her asthma meds. If the doctor feels there is bronchitis or pneumonia, an antibiotic may be needed. Sometimes a chest x-ray is done to see if there is something unusual going on, but a chest x-ray is usually not needed in simpler cases of asthma. ...Read more

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Severe cough early Oct, then bad bronchitis & now increasing cough w/ severe, radiating pain under left breast w/each cough. Could my rib be broken?

Severe cough early Oct, then bad bronchitis & now increasing cough w/ severe, radiating pain under left breast w/each cough. Could my rib be broken?

Yes Could be Broken: There are a number of other possibilities, as well. Needs evaluation. Expect to have a Chest X-Ray, possibly a CT of the Chest. Further, studies might include a bronchoscopy for a direct look inside your lungs possibly to have a sample of tissue removed for diagnosis. There are other minimally invasive procedures that might also help come up with an explanation of what your problem is. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, constant dry cough and dysnea, high pulmonary blood pressure, but my lung function tests are normal. Why?

Diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, constant dry cough and dysnea, high pulmonary blood pressure, but my lung function tests are normal. Why?

Something else: Your symptom maybe due to another condition other than a lung condition. The elevated pressure in the pulmonary circulation in a young female suggest a condition called idiopathic pulmonary hypertension.a condition with no known cause. However, a thorough clinical evaluation is required before this diagnosis is made. Need to consult a pulmonologist and/or cardiologist ...Read more

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I have bronchitis and the cough is virtually gone, but now I have a running nose and sore throat. Do I need to drain my mucus?

I have bronchitis and the cough is virtually gone, but now I have a running nose and sore throat. Do I need to drain my mucus?

Allergy?: Runny nose means you are trying to get rid of some agents (allergen or a virus) that found its way into your respiratory system. It is a protective mechanism of our immune system. You do not need to treat it. Sore throat is a symptom from throat irritation from infection or irritation. If infection is caused by a bacterium, you may need antibiotics. Otherwise, use medication for symptom relief. ...Read more

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Can you have bronchitis with no coughing?

Can you have bronchitis with no coughing?

Not likely: Cough is the most common symptom of bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchi [lining of the lungs]). It is common associated with production of mucus (sputum), which can be clear, white, yellowish-gray or green in color; fatigue; slight fever and chills; and chest discomfort. If there is no cough, then other diagnoses should be entertained. ...Read more

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I have acute bronchitis, i just coughed up a brownish stringy mucus is that bad?

I have acute bronchitis, i just coughed up a brownish stringy mucus is that bad?

Not necessarily ...: It's not uncommon with an active or resolving bronchitis to bring up colored sputum. Often it represents your immune system's inflammatory response to an infection. Be aware, it can be a sign of some irritation of the airways and old blood(though this is usually dark). If you start coughing up any sputum with blood or blood clots or black material please contact your primary care doctor ASAP! ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more