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My dad has bronchitis is on meds but can't cough anything up and still can't breathe is it pneumonia?

My dad has bronchitis is on meds but can't cough anything up and still can't breathe is it pneumonia?

Could be.: Sometimes the symptoms of pneumonia could look like bronchitis. If your dad is a smoker, diabetic, elderly (70s or 80s), or has COPD or asthma, he's at greater risk of complications from bronchitis (i.e. Developing pneumonia). He needs to see his physician get his lungs listened to again. A chest xray may also help with the diagnosis of pneumonia. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis 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. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more


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Viral acute bronchitis visit to urgent care 2 days ago given breathing trtmnt & sent home w/ meds. Developed 103°F fever, shaking chills, nt sweats, w/ worse cough & short of breath. Is it pneumonia?

Viral acute bronchitis visit to urgent care 2 days ago given breathing trtmnt & sent home w/ meds. Developed 103°F fever, shaking chills, nt sweats, w/ worse cough & short of breath. Is it pneumonia?

Probably infection: If the urgent care center didnt perform a rapid flu test, you should get one for prompt treatment that would be helpful. if test is negative, chest xray should be helpful to rule out pneumonia. ...Read more

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Wheezing, cough, short breath, COPD symptoms... 21 yr old male, nonsmoker. Has been diagnosed as severe bronchitis/pneumonia before. Symptoms back now?

Wheezing, cough, short breath, COPD symptoms... 21 yr old male, nonsmoker. Has been diagnosed as severe bronchitis/pneumonia before. Symptoms back now?

Asthma : At 21 it would seem to me that COPD is not an option rather acute flare up of asthma. And from what you say not well controlled. I suggest a visit to your primary care physician or allergist/pulmonologist to help control the symptoms ...Read more

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I have broncitis. When i lay in my back my chest has a horrible rattle & i cough so bad i can't catch my breath. Is this a sign of pneumonia ?

I have broncitis. When i lay in my back my chest has a horrible rattle & i cough so bad i can't catch my breath. Is this a sign of pneumonia ?

Probably not: But it would be judicious for you to go and be examined and if the doctor seeing you feels it necessary have an imaging study of your lungs. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a small lump, upper right side of chest. Coughing, couldn'tcatch my breath sometimes. Is this pneumonia or bronchitis?

I have a small lump, upper right side of chest. Coughing, couldn'tcatch my breath sometimes. Is this pneumonia or bronchitis?

2 separate issues: Neither pneumonia nor bronchitis would cause a "lump" on the outer chest wall. Coughing and trouble breathing can be related to asthma. Coughing up thick, pus mucus with associated fever and chills suggests pneumonia. Bronchitis is an infection in the large bronchi. A chest x-ray would help differentiate some of these conditions. A physical exam is necessary to assess the "lump.". ...Read more

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Could prescribed meds w steroids for persistent cough from bronchitis and walking pneumonia cause dysfunction of parathyroid or hyperparathyroidism?

Could prescribed meds w steroids for persistent cough from bronchitis and  walking pneumonia cause dysfunction of parathyroid or hyperparathyroidism?

Hyperparathyroidism: Primary hyperparathyroidism results from overproduction of parathormone. There is oversecretion of PTH due to adenoma, hyperplasia or, rarely, carcinoma of the parathyroid glands. Secondary disease is seldom if ever due to corticosteroids. The answer is basically no. ...Read more

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I want to breathe normally again. 3+ months ago i had pneumonia/bronchitis and now my asthma is getting worse. I'm on advair 100/50. I'm really scared?

I want to breathe normally again. 3+ months ago i had pneumonia/bronchitis and now my asthma is getting worse. I'm on advair 100/50. I'm really scared?

Don't panic: First..See your pcp or a pulmonologist. Your advair diskis is at the lowest dose. It also comes 250/50 and 500/50. You may need to have it increased. A rescue inhaler will also be of use..Like albuterol or atrovent (ipratropium) or both (combivent). You should find out if your allergic to anything and then remove those triggers from your environment. Flu & pneumonia shots will help prevent catastrophe. ...Read more

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Family member is 54 yo and has been smoking since 14 yo. Now experiences chronic seasonal bronchitis and periodic pneumonia. She had a very minor car accident at work and had to submit to a breath tester for alcohol as a condition of employment. No one

Family member is 54 yo and has been smoking since 14 yo.  Now experiences chronic seasonal bronchitis and periodic pneumonia. She had a very minor car accident at work and had to submit to a breath tester for alcohol as a condition of employment.  No one

No one what??: Wish i had the end of your posting. Heavy smokers, esp who start early, are often drinkers, sometimes heavy ones. Since i don't really know what your question is, i will assume that her breath test was positive. Get a professional evaluation by an addiction counselor or physician&work on smoking cessation. Alanon may be helpful for family members and friends to deal with reactions to alcohol use. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more