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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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I was diagnosed with accute bronchitis 7 days before. All other symptoms are gone by now but my cough is still here! Is it normal?

I was diagnosed with accute bronchitis 7 days before. All other symptoms are gone by now but my cough is still here! Is it normal?

Reactive airways: Once your airways are inflamed by a viral illness, they may not settle down easily. I wonder if you've been diagnosed with asthma - or if any close relatives have that? If that's the case, you probably have some residual inflammation in the airways that is causing the cough. Albuterol might help. If it's bad a steroid inhaler like fluticasone would be needed. Talk to your doc about getting one. ...Read more

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Hi! I started yesterday with a deep wet cough, no other symptoms. Not a smoker, never had bronchitis-- but never had such a deep cough like this befor?

Hi! I started yesterday with a deep wet cough, no other symptoms. Not a smoker, never had bronchitis-- but never had such a deep cough like this befor?

Time to see your MD: If you are experiencing symptom for the first time, however it may very well be mild viral respiratory infection as it seems that you are otherwise fine, but better be checked out. Meanwhile, drink more fluids, OTC wet cough medicines would help, especially those with guafenisen, follow instructions written, best wishes ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with bronchitis and besides the cough I have a heavy feeling in my chest. Like it is tight. Is it a normal symptom of bronchitis?

I was diagnosed with bronchitis and besides the cough I have a heavy feeling in my chest. Like it is tight. Is it a normal symptom of bronchitis?

Yes: Frequently with bronchitis one can have an abnormal feeling in the chest.
However, if you become short of breath, or if your temp. Goes above102, then you should be seen by your DR ...Read more

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Can bronchitis make me lose my voice? My bf has bronchitis and I am losing my voice but not experiencing any other symptoms other than a small cough.

Can bronchitis make me lose my voice? My bf has bronchitis and I am losing my voice but not experiencing any other symptoms other than a small cough.

Virus: Symptoms caused by viral infections can vary from person to person and sometimes randomly based on site of initial infection. Many viruses can cause bronchitis in one person and laryngitis in the next. Expect symptoms to last 7-14 days. ...Read more

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Had influenza A couple weeks ago, symptoms gone except croupy cough. Possibly bronchitis?

Had influenza A couple weeks ago, symptoms gone except croupy cough. Possibly bronchitis?

Check temperature: I agree that most likely you do not have bacterial pneumonia which some patients develop following a viral infection. Viruses may cause damage to the lining of the airway. In the meantime, a humidifier and staying well hydrated, while recovering are suggested. If you have problems breathing and/or fever, please see your physician. If the cough lasts longer than 3 weeks, follow up is advised. ...Read more

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It seems like I have a cold, but the symptoms are in my chest only. I don't have a cough and I'm not wheezing. Could I still have bronchitis?

It seems like I have a cold, but the symptoms are in my chest only. I don't have a cough and I'm not wheezing. Could I still have bronchitis?

Follow up: It is still possible, but cough is a common finding during bronchitis. Most bronchitic infections are caused by viral infections. Pulm virtual consult available to discuss. ...Read more

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Does the beginning symptoms of acute bronchitis include burning dry cough and intermittent wheezing?

Does the beginning symptoms of acute bronchitis include burning dry cough and intermittent wheezing?

Yes: Those can be the beginning of bronchitis or any upper respiratory infection. This is almost always viral and takes 5-10 days to clear. If you run a fever and/or are short of breath see your doctor. Otherwise rest, fluids, DayQuil/NyQuil and time! ...Read more

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I have bronchitis symptoms no headache or body ache or fever. Only feel the absolute need to cough maybe 20 times per day. Started 3 days ago.

I have bronchitis symptoms no headache or body ache or fever. Only feel the absolute need to cough maybe 20 times per day. Started 3 days ago.

URI: Cough can be the main symptoms of a cold or upper respiratory infection. Are you short of breath? If not, then you can manage your symptoms at home with OTC meds like Dayquil and Nyquil. In a non-smoker these symptoms will resolve on their own within 7-10 days. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections. ...Read more

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Female, age 70, has the third severe bronchitis like symptom in a year, each lasting more than 3 weeks. Albuterol inhaler causes more cough. Cause?

Female, age 70, has the third severe bronchitis like symptom in a year, each lasting more than 3 weeks. Albuterol inhaler causes more cough. Cause?

COPD?: She may have copd. Cxr and pfts are very useful. Most patients need anti inflammatory medications such as inhaled steroids. Spiriva is often quite useful also. Albuterol dilates the airways but does not treat the underlying inflammation. Have her checked by a lung doc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to just wake up with bronchitis one day? My son woke up with a cough 2 days ago. No other symptoms until yesterday. Runny nose now too.

Is it possible to just wake up with bronchitis one day? My son woke up with a cough 2 days ago. No other symptoms until yesterday. Runny nose now too.

Likely virus: Many youngsters get respiratory viruses suddenly. They are well and then suddenly start to cough. "bronchtis" is the term usually used for a wet cough. Fever and runny nose can also come with the cough. It should be done in 3 - 5 days. If he gets a lot worse or it lasts longer, call your doctor. Keep fluids going and be generous with tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to make him more comfortable. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with bronchitis, Have all the symptoms chest pains, mucus but no cough. Could it be something else? Blood clot?

Diagnosed with bronchitis, Have all the symptoms chest pains, mucus but no cough. Could it be something else? Blood clot?

It could always: Be something else but why do you think a blood clot? A blood clot at your age especially, would be very very unusual. Your doctor thought bronchitis based on your history and physical exam. He or she is the best to determine that. ...Read more

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3 weeks ago I had a terrible cough, pain/burn in chest etc; minor bronchitis (z-pac and predisone). I have these symptoms again, is it something else?

3 weeks ago I had a terrible cough, pain/burn in chest etc; minor bronchitis (z-pac and predisone). I have these symptoms again, is it something else?

Possibly: If your cough is from new-onset asthma, this is what one would expect. On the other hand, you might have had a sinus infection which had not responded to Z-Pak. You need to consult your doctor again to get examined. At the minimum, a lung function test should be considered. ...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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My 2 year old just had a chest xray and was diagnosed with bronchitis. He has no cough or other symptoms other than high fever. Does this make sense?

My 2 year old just had a chest xray and was diagnosed with bronchitis. He has no cough or other symptoms other than high fever. Does this make sense?

Easy over read: Radiologists often make a suggested diagnosis based on assumptions. You only order chest xrays if you suspect a chest finding. If the xray is taken before the kid takes a deep breath, it will look like bronchitis.The suggested label from the radiologist is just that, a suggestion, they also say this needs to have clinical correlation. The doc may have just used the label to finish the visit ...Read more

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I have symptoms of a flu, I had a fever it stopped....Have a terrible bronchitis like cough headache and this morning terrible terrible nose bleed?

I have symptoms of a flu, I had a fever it stopped....Have a terrible bronchitis like cough headache and this morning terrible terrible nose bleed?

Get to your doctor: If nose bleed is profuse needs to go to er. It sounds like you have a flu or viral infection which usually is self limiting. If symptoms do not get better, may be in three days, seek help. ...Read more

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Do I have acute bronchitis? I have been experiencing a dry cough (little mucus coming up, which is light green), soreness of chest due to coughing (sometime lower abdomen, also associated with coughing). I also been in and out of a fever. Smyptoms have last

Do I have acute bronchitis? I have been experiencing a dry cough (little mucus coming up, which is light green), soreness of chest due to coughing (sometime lower abdomen, also associated with coughing). I also been in and out of a fever. Smyptoms have last

You: You could very well have bronchitis based on your symptoms, however you will need to be evaluated by a medical professional to be sure. A basic auscultation of your lungs with a stethoscope may be all that is necessary to make the diagnosis. Additional testing may be done if deemed necessary (x-ray, sputum culture). Bronchitis can be viral or bacterial; most commonly viral, which usually resolves on it's own by one to two weeks.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I've had a severe cough for 5 days. Chest pain andbody aches. No nasal congestion. Symptoms getting worse. Could I have bronchitis or walking pneumonia?

I've had a severe cough for 5 days. Chest pain andbody aches. No nasal congestion. Symptoms getting worse. Could I have bronchitis or walking pneumonia?

Possibly BOTH: You must be examined and if needed, get a chest xray. DO NOT IGNORE THESE SYMPTOMS!! - GO DIRECTLY TO THE ER OR UC CLINIC ...Read more

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Common cold or bronchitis? Symptoms: Tired, Lime color mucous, raspy cough, no tight chest, wheezing/gurgling before cough, headache, body ache. Thanx

Common cold or bronchitis? Symptoms: Tired, Lime color mucous, raspy cough, no tight chest, wheezing/gurgling before cough, headache, body ache. Thanx

Possible Bronchitis: It is difficult to say without examination. But it is more likely you are having Bronchitis as you are wheezing
And it seems like a viral infection causing your Bronchitis.
I advice you drink plenty fluids and consult your Doctor, get checked and treated appropriately. Do not smoke or be around some one who smokes
It can also turn into Pneumonia sometimes ...Read more

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Sore throat, cough and a runny nose. I always end up with bronchitis when I have these symptoms. Is there anything I can do to prevent it?

Sore throat, cough and a runny nose. I always end up with bronchitis when I have these symptoms. Is there anything I can do to prevent it?

It depends: This happens usually due to environmental allergy to pollen, dust or cold. Please try to find that and you can avoid them once you know. ...Read more

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Symptoms of bronchitis? I have slight cough, some wheezing, shortness of breath for a week, clean chest xray, clean CT chest swollen eyes, stuffy nos

Symptoms of bronchitis? I have slight cough, some wheezing, shortness of breath for a week, clean chest xray, clean CT chest swollen eyes, stuffy nos

Bronchitis: Maybe it is allergies. In ohio right now the weeds are a blooming so it might be an asthma/allergy exacerbation. I would hope your doctor has considered treating you. ...Read more

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Why does cough from bronchitis get worse at night?

Why does cough from bronchitis get worse at night?

Many reasons: Most likely due to humidity, position, temperature changes; can be d/t environment changes (@ home not work) and allergens present; can be meds wearing off from earlier in day. Should discuss w/your dr to see how to best manage symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes this forceful cough when having bronchitis?

What causes this forceful cough when having bronchitis?

Inflammation: Lungs evolved to protect us by keeping foreign bodies out. Cough is one of the most effective defense mechanisms but it can be a very troubling symptom of any inflammatory insult (such as a bronchitis, usually caused by a virus). Sometimes the cough persists long after the bug is gone. You should have a cxr if you have persistent cough, and some inhalers can reduce (not eliminate) the cough. ...Read more

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Dry hacky cough after bronchitis, what would you suggest?

Bronchitis not bette: It means your bronchitis is not completely cured and that's why you still have cough or you may have pneumonia and need a chest xray. Do not smoke and follow uo with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between a smoker's cough and bronchitis?

How can you distinguish between a smoker's cough and bronchitis?

Comparison: Smoker' s cough will stay about the same while bronchitis in top of smoker' s cough will bring increased sputum production, sometimes fever, increased shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Does a cough with bronchitis get a lot worse before it gets better?

Acute bronchitis?: If you are referring to acute bronchitis, a worsening cough can be a sign of bronchospasm that can complicate acute bronchitis. Treatment can consist of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. See your doctor for evaluation if you have a worsening cough with acute bronchitis. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get chemical bronchitis? How do u know does it come with a strong cough?

How long does it take to get chemical bronchitis? How do u know does it come with a strong cough?

Depends: Chemical bronchitis is usually from exposure to potent toxins whether it be household cleaners or pesticides or other chemicals. Symptoms can come on immediately or be slightly delayed. It is important that you get evaluation and follow up for this. You may need an inhaler to help with any bronchospasm you're having. Are you coughing up blood? Hard to breathe? If yes, go to the emergency room now ...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