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Is bronchitis contagious after taking antibiotics?

Is bronchitis contagious after taking antibiotics?

Possibly: Most episodes of bronchitis are caused by viral infections, which can be very contagious and easily passed from person to person. Though frequently prescribed, antibiotics are generally not warranted for acute bronchitis and do not prevent transmission of viral particles. ...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


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Will I get sicker from taking antibiotics for a common cold with bronchitis?

Will I get sicker from taking antibiotics for a common cold with bronchitis?

It's possible: It's possible, if you develop side effects from the antibioitic. More importantly, they're probably doing you no good, and repeated use can lead to drug resistance. ...Read more

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Do people ever get more sick while taking antibiotics for bronchitis?

Do people ever get more sick while taking antibiotics for bronchitis?

Possible: Sometimes you can feel sicker from the side effects of the antibiotics ...Read more

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Still coughing after taking antibiotics for bronchitis. What else can I do to help?

Still coughing after taking antibiotics for bronchitis. What else can I do to help?

Prolonged cough: How long has the cough persisted and is there still production of phlegm?
Many of my patients are surprised to hear that cough after significant upper respiratory infection can persist up to 6 weeks!
suggest meeting with your doctor if the cough is longer than 4weeks, to determine other potential causes of your cough not related to the infection concern. ...Read more

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Can I take a mucolytic agent while taking antibiotics for bronchitis?

Can I take a mucolytic agent while taking antibiotics for bronchitis?

It depends.: Mucolytic agents are common medications for bronchitis. They work by breaking up mucus in the airway, to try making it easier to breathe. The answer to your question whether they are safe with antibiotics is that generally, yes they are safe, but side effects exist. It is important to discuss this treatment approach with your doctor to make sure it is the best option for treating your symptoms. ...Read more

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Was taking antibiotics for bronchitis had diaherria for3 days I fainted but also rember shaking uncontrollably was that a seizure?

Was taking antibiotics for bronchitis had diaherria for3 days I fainted but also rember shaking uncontrollably was that a seizure?

Seizure: Less likely a seizure since you remember the event. Seizures of tonic/clonic (shaking) generally cause loss of consciousness. Would favor rigors if actively being treated for infection with an antibiotic. There are some epileptiform reactions that do not cause loss of consciousness, however, and would require consultation with a neurologist if they occur more than once. ...Read more

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I've been taking antibiotics for bronchitis. There's ringing in my ears is that normal? I want it to go away.

I've been taking antibiotics for bronchitis. There's ringing in my ears is that normal? I want it to go away.

See below: Ringing in ears (tinnitus) can be caused by ear infection or by blockage. How long have you been taking antibioics? If still ringing after finishing antibiotic go back to your doctor to check your ears & will either recommend or prescribe a decongestant or refer you to an ENT doctor for further evaluation. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel a tightness and heaviness in your chest with bronchitis? When to worry about pneumonia? Taking antibiotics and inhalers

Is it normal to feel a tightness and heaviness in your chest with bronchitis? When to worry about pneumonia? Taking antibiotics and inhalers

Mgt: If you have a fever, cough and shortness of breath, and chest tightness these may be symptoms of pneumonia. Sometimes iv antibiotics are needed to control a lung infection. If the antibiotic course is completed, please have a re evaluation. After 48 hours on antibiotics, you should note improvement. In the meantime, please rest, drink fluids and monitor your temperature. ...Read more

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Taking antibiotics & sudafed for bronchitis but can't stop coughing! Is cough medicine ok to take too w those meds?

Taking antibiotics & sudafed for bronchitis but can't stop coughing! Is cough medicine ok to take too w those meds?

Mgt: Most bronchial infections will resolve in 10 days. If your cough is not responding to the medication, it may be related to bronchospasm or worsening infection. A follow up is advised. ...Read more

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Is it safe to make eucalyptus tea when taking antibiotics for bronchitis? I'm stopping promethazine with codeine-it's doesn't loosen my phlegm.

Yes: Eucalyptus tea should not interfere with antibiotic therapy. On the other hand it is rare that bronchitis, if acute, is due to bacterial infection, and you might want to reconsider the antibiotics. Ask your friendly pharmacist for a mucolytic to loosen your phlegm. ...Read more

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Idk if it has to do with the antibiotic im taking for my bronchitis but I don't know what it is, should I see a doctor?

Yes you should: If you are unclear if your symptoms are do to a side effect of an antibiotic you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best antibiotic for bronchitis, I've been taking clendamycin but its not getting any better.?

What is the best antibiotic for bronchitis, I've been taking clendamycin but its not getting any better.?

None: Despite the fact that antibiotics are frequently used for bronchitis, it's viral more often than not. That means antibiotics don't work, but the illness can get better over time. ...Read more

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Can chronic bronchitis be contagious?

No...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd. It is usually a result of smoking. There is no infection present in chronic bronchitis. Smoking cessation is important for prevention. ...Read more

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Is post viral bronchitis contagious?

Is post viral bronchitis contagious?

Without symptoms: Viral bronchitis is usually contagious 1-4 days after intiation of illness. However coughing and sneezing spreads contagious droplets with virus from person to person. Most safe if not coughing or sneezing. ...Read more

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How high does your fever have to be to need an antibiotic when you have bronchitis?

How high does your fever have to be to need an antibiotic when you have bronchitis?

High...: Typically, bacterial bronchitis patients have a higher fever than viral bronchitis patients. Although there can be overlap, a fever of at least 100.5 (and usually it is higher than this!) would need to be present to say that, more likely than not, bacterial bronchitis is present. ...Read more

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How severe does your fever have to be to need an antibiotic, if you have bronchitis?

Unrelated: Acute or chronic bronchitis seldom causes a fever. If you have a severe bronchitis and then develop a fever, your doctor will need to evaluate you a second time to see if the bronchitis has progress to pneumonia. This can be determined in a clinical exam or in some instances may require a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take clindamycin antibiotic for bronchitis or cold?

Is it safe to take clindamycin antibiotic for bronchitis or cold?

Not recommended: Colds are almost always caused by viruses. They are self limited and do not respond to antibacterial antibiotics which should never be used. Bronchitis is likewise usually a viral infection and should not be treated with antibiotics unless severe or prolonged. If bronchitis needed antibiotic treatment Clindamycin would not be a good choice. Ceftin, (cefuroxime) vantin, zithromax or Augmentin would be better. ...Read more

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I hav been using strong antibiotic to treat bronchitis. Treat yeast now?

I hav been using strong antibiotic to treat bronchitis. Treat yeast now?

Yeast is common: It is common for women to develop vaginal yeast infections after antibiotic use. Unless you have symptoms like thick white discharge and itching it is not necessary to treat for yeast. If you have symptoms try an over the counter yeast treatment. ...Read more

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When is acute bronchitis contagious and when is it not? Seems physicians some say it is and some say it isn't?

When is acute bronchitis contagious and when is it not? Seems physicians some say it is and some say it isn't?

Hard to tell: Some cases are viral & contagious during the early febrile phase but less so as it progresses. Some will represent a mycoplasma germ that is contagious & often affects groups. Most that have a simple bacterial bronchitis do so from normal airway germs that settle in after a virus, these are not contagious. My routine is to consider them contagious until fever free 24h or on med 24h. ...Read more

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Is chronic bronchitis contagious? My uncle has chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Can I catch bronchitis from him? .

Is chronic bronchitis contagious? My uncle has chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Can I catch bronchitis from him? .

No: Chronic bronchitis itself is not contagious. Sometimes the virus or bacteria that exacerbate a patient's chronic bronchitis can be contagious however. ...Read more

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Asthma patient with bronchitis symptoms. Is bronchitis contagious, and would you assume it best for me to stay home from school?

Asthma patient with bronchitis symptoms. Is bronchitis contagious, and would you assume it best for me to stay home from school?

Depends: Assuming that your asthma is under control but you still cough, then the cause for the bronchitis is likely from a viral or bacterial infection. Bacterial infection is usually not contagious unless you have whooping cough. Viral infection often does however since a cough often travels from 0 to 60 faster than your souped-up mustang. ...Read more

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Daughter on methotrexate and my son has bronchitis and croup. Dr says he is contagious so should I find someone to keep my daughter overnight?

Daughter on methotrexate and my son has bronchitis and croup. Dr says he is contagious so should I find someone to keep my daughter overnight?

Viral infection: Difficult to answer and very complicated. She has probably already been exposed. Methotrexate effects primarily neutophils which are seldom involved in fighting viral infections, which cause bronchitis and croup, unless this is pertussis (whooping cough). ...Read more

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I have bronchitis & sinus infection, am I contagious?

I have bronchitis & sinus infection, am I contagious?

Possibly: Acute bronchitis is almost always viral and can be transmitted. The sinus infection may be bacterial or viral. If bacterial, due to the viral infection creating congestion with secondary bacterial invasion, but that would not be communicable to others. ...Read more

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If I have a bronchitis and am taking an antibiotic can I still have a tooth pulled? Just went to meds today but tooth extraction tomorrow.

Yes: Your bronchitis is unfortunately bad timing with the extraction. They should both heal fine if you're healthy and treated properly. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more