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Doctor insights on: Bronchitis Problems

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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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Of all the health problems, why would I get chronic bronchitis?

Of all the health problems, why would I get chronic bronchitis?

Do you smoke?: Chronic bronchitis is usually the result of repetitive episodes of acute bronchitis or chronic irritants to the respiratory tract. The most common of these is cigarette smoke, or exposure to toxic fumes. Occasionally there are genetic conditions which create the risk of chronic bronchitis, but these should be discussed with your family doctor or with a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Will someone with chronic bronchitis be more likely to have problems with acidosis or alkalosis?

Will someone with chronic bronchitis be more likely to have problems with acidosis or alkalosis?

Acidosis: Anything that causes decreased exhalation/obstruction (asthma, bronchitis etc.) causes a build up of CO2 and an acidosis. This question is on most medical board exams! ...Read more

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Why am I losing my balance. No ringing in ears. I've been sick with bronchitis could that be the problem.

Why am I losing my balance. No ringing in ears. I've been sick with bronchitis could that be the problem.

BP OK?: Medications for cough and congestion can make one dizzy. Coughing can raise your BP and make you have problems catching your breath. If your dizziness worsens or you get other symptoms you should get looked at. Check your temperature pulse and BP at home and keep notes. If you get a stiff neck, high fever or worsen seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I have a bronchitis. Its been 3 days. Ive always had some problem breathing and my parent where smoking in the house. What kind of bronchitis I have ?

I have a bronchitis. Its been 3 days. Ive always had some problem breathing and my parent where smoking in the house. What kind of bronchitis I have ?

Impossible to know: Impossible to know without ability to ask questions. Impossible for me to know severity. You may or may not need to seek medical care. ...Read more

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I finished my z-pack for bronchitis, but i'm still having problems. Is this normal?

I finished my z-pack for bronchitis, but i'm still having problems. Is this normal?

Possibly...: Sometimes, after acute bronchitis has healed, the airways remain inflamed and this produces bronchospasm so the cough continues. If your doctor diagnoses this, you can be placed on a bronchodilator and a steroid inhaler until the residual cough completely resolves. So, see you doctor for a follow-up visit. If you smoke, you need to quit today! ...Read more

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