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Will inhaling steam help with my bronchitis?

Will inhaling steam help with my bronchitis?

No: In fact, inhaling steam can potentially be dangerous because you run the risk of burning your nasal passages. ...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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I have been diagnosis w/ bronchitis I hear crackles w exhale can feel crackles w deep inhale. Is this normal of bronchitis could it be pneumonia?

I have been diagnosis w/ bronchitis I hear crackles w exhale can feel crackles w deep inhale. Is this normal of bronchitis could it be pneumonia?

Rales vs. Rhonchi: Typically, rales (crackles) are an inspiratory sound heard with a stethescope as small closed airways are opened with increased airflow and are typically more common with pneumonia, effusions or congestive heart failure. Rhonchi and mucous plugs are usually expiratory, and can be 'felt' more, as with bronchitis and asthma (asthma can make the distinction difficult to make). ...Read more

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Possible to get bronchitis from inhaling bleach fumes?

Possible to get bronchitis from inhaling bleach fumes?

Yes: Chlorine fumes are very irritating to the lung so that can easily cause bronchitis if the concentration is high enough, the good news is that the lung tissues heal quickly so there shouldn't be any long-term damage. ...Read more

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I had bronchitis laat month and im still hearing whistling sound while exhaling and inhaling?

I had bronchitis laat month and im still hearing whistling sound while exhaling and inhaling?

Depends..: Continued inflammatory changes....because of incomplete treatment / incomplete resolution/continued aggravating factors/reinfection. If you use a inhaler for few days, take antihistamine. like Claritin, (loratadine) avoid tobacco exposure...you will be ok. ...Read more

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Inhaled clorox bleach at work hurtful cough similar to bronchitis chest congested and weezing?

Inhaled clorox bleach at work hurtful cough similar to bronchitis chest congested and weezing?

Chlorine bleach: Fumes can be very irritating but a brief exposure will produce only transient symptoms! You should be fine in 24-48 hours!
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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Bronchitis, then inhaled bleach vapor, now excessive clear bronchial secretions for 3+ months. Clear lung x-ray, chills, recurring sinusitis. Help.

Bronchitis, then inhaled bleach vapor, now excessive clear bronchial secretions for 3+ months. Clear lung x-ray, chills, recurring sinusitis. Help.

Sounds like: You are having a delayed reaction to environmental exposure. Time to see a lung specialist, a pulmonologist if you have suffered with it for 3 months. ...Read more

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2 yr o asthmatic with bronchitis and RSV on inhaled albuterol every 3 hrs. Pulse ox 180/92 and temp 103. Is her heart rate too high even for albut?

2 yr o asthmatic with bronchitis and RSV on inhaled albuterol every 3 hrs. Pulse ox 180/92 and temp 103. Is her heart rate too high even for albut?

Safety of Albuterol: With the numbers you give, I am assuming that the child is being treated in the hospital. If so, with good nursing monitoring, continued use of albuterol should be safe. The heart rate goes up with fever as well as the medication. Children generally tolerate high rates. If the child is not in the hospital, struggling with the numbers you give, he/she certainly should be checked again. ...Read more

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Budesonide inhalation suspension 0.5 mg or albuterol sulfate 2.5mg. I have chronic bronchitis and I have both of these for my "at home" breathing treatments. Which would help most?

Depends: The two meds you list are very different and intended for different purposes. Budesonide (pulmicort) is a steroid to reduce inflammation where as albuterol is a smooth muscle relaxer designed to reduce bronchospasm of the smaller airways surrounded by smooth muscle fibers. Albuterol's effect is very brief and temporary. Budesonide use provides sustained beneficial effects to prevent flare up. ...Read more

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Is it better to use an inhaler or nebulizer for bronchitis?

Is it better to use an inhaler or nebulizer for bronchitis?

Depends.....: Studies have shown that, when the technique is right, an inhaler is just as effective as nebulizer therapy. However, many patients are not able to use an inhaler with proper technique which makes the nebulizer more effective. The patient should use an inhaler in front of their physician to be certain of proper technique. If a person is unable to use an inhaler properly, then use nebulizer therapy! ...Read more

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Is it okay for to use inhaler for my bronchitis?

Is it okay for to use inhaler for my bronchitis?

Yes but not alone: An inhaler such as albuterol will help open the airways but an anti-inflammatory and antibiotics are also necessary. Sometimes an oral or IV steriod is used. Antibiotics for infection plus bronchodilators plus steroids. On discharge, spiriva, pressair, advair or symbacort may help lessen the occurances. Bronchitis is inlfammtion of the bronchi which cause airway obstructin and breathing issues. ...Read more

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Given inhaler for bronchitis and I used it wrong, should I try it again? I didn't hold it in long enough. Afraid of overdose.

Given inhaler for bronchitis and I used it wrong, should I try it again? I didn't hold it in long enough. Afraid of overdose.

OK to try again: You aren't going to overdose by holding your breath too long. Remember with inhalers each "activation" of the inhaler only administers a very specific amount of medication. Holding your breath during administration does allow for optimal dosing but wont' lead to overdosing. But you should use it only as directed by your doctor. ...Read more

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What's an alternative prescript for bronchitis rather than inhaler which hasn't been working for me, been using it since last friday?

What's an alternative prescript for bronchitis rather than inhaler which hasn't been working for me, been using it since last friday?

Many options: Cannot say in your particular case, and particulars of the bronchitis matter a lot (infection, large bronchi or small airway disease). Many medicines. New biologics.
Steroids, steroid inhalers, monteleukast, and antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is an inhaler commonly given to patients with acute bronchitis?

Is an inhaler commonly given to patients with acute bronchitis?

Not uncommon: If symptoms of sob and broncho-constriction are present on exam, then the rx of an inhaler (broncho-dilator) is often provided with other treatments. ...Read more

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How often can I take my inhaler if I have asthma and bronchitis?

How often can I take my inhaler if I have asthma and bronchitis?

Every 4-6 hours: You can use albuterol (rescue inhaler) every 4-6 hours. However if you are needing it that much you should see your doctor because they need to put you an a controller medication or increase your existing maintance meds to address the inflammation in your lungs, so you don't need to be "rescued" too often.
They also want to treat with antibiotics to help resolve the infection. ...Read more

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I took 2 abs and an inhaler and a coughing syrup. My dr said I had bronchitis. I finished the abs since 3 days but am still coughing. Is it normal?!

I took 2 abs and an inhaler and a coughing syrup. My dr said I had bronchitis. I finished the abs since 3 days but am still coughing. Is it normal?!

May be normal.: It take some time to have the cough to go away not necessarily when you finish the antibiotic. Having said that some other possibilities does exist such as if you have an asthma, if it turn to pneumonia, are the medications appropriate. See your doctor to go over your treatment and see if your doctor may need to do something differently or you need some tests to rule out othe possibilities. ...Read more

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3yr old daughter diagnosis with bronchitis but still has bad coughing fits for 5weeks on inhaler for last 2 weeks. Will this cause long term damage?

Prob not bronchitis: This is probably not bronchitis. She probably has asthma type symptoms and may need better asthma management. Instead of just a quick relief inhaler, such as Albuterol, she may need an inhaled steroid inhaler to reduce swelling in the lungs. Singulair (montelukast) is also a good allergy/asthma prevention med that may help. See her doctor and find out what else should be done ...Read more

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Can I use my asthma inhaler for bronchitis?

Can I use my asthma inhaler for bronchitis?

They may help...: Bronchitis is typically an acute inflammatory condition affecting the airway. This inflammation can lead to airway hyper-reactivity (increased coughing, wheezing, etc) especially in an asthmatic. Asthma controller inhalers may help to prevent "bronchitis" episodes. Reliever inhalers such as albuterol may help to temporarily relieve associated coughing/wheezing but don't treat the inflammation. ...Read more

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Should I only use my inhaler for bronchitis when I feel out of breath or as directed on package?

Should I only use my inhaler for bronchitis when I feel out of breath or as directed on package?

Asthma Bronchitis: It depends how the inhaler was prescribed for your bronchitis and asthma symptoms. Your doctor may have written it as an 'as needed' prescription. Your pharmacist will also be able to better assist. Albuterol may be taken for wheezing/shortness of breath and lasts about four hours. If it is helping the relief is felt quite quickly within the first one hour. ...Read more

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Got inhaler for viral bronchitis 3 weeks ago. Started off w 2 puffs 4 times per day for first and deceased. Should I still be using. I still cough.

Got inhaler for viral bronchitis 3 weeks ago. Started off w 2 puffs 4 times per day for first and deceased. Should I still be using. I still cough.

Probably Not: If you aren't wheezing nor having difficulty breathing you can probably safely stop using the inhaler at this point. But keep it handy if the symptoms flare back up. ...Read more

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I believe I have a bad case of bronchitis, tire easily, constant coughing had for 3 weeks, finished amoxicillin, on inhaler, drinking h2o, need answer?

I believe I have a bad case of bronchitis, tire easily, constant coughing had for 3 weeks, finished amoxicillin, on inhaler, drinking h2o, need answer?

Still Sick: When a treatment fails to solve a problem the standard is to get back to the physician and see what is next. Three weeks of a respiratory illness can mean something else is wrong and further evaluation and testing may be warranted. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis and am needing an inhaler/steroids. Can I get a prescription on here?

I have bronchitis and am needing an inhaler/steroids. Can I get a prescription on here?

DR visit: If you condition is severe enough to require inhaler and steroids, then you need to be seen to make sure you also do not need an antibiotic.

Call and make an apt. ...Read more

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What can I do for wheezing? I've had bronchitis for 3 weeks. I use my inhaler and I also have a nebulizer and I keep wheezing. What else can I do?

What can I do for wheezing? I've had bronchitis for 3 weeks. I use my inhaler and I also have a nebulizer and I keep wheezing. What else can I do?

Sounds like: Your asthma is worsening and you would need a full work up including a chest xray, CBC, sputum test, pulmonary function test, Arterial blood gas as well as steroids and antibiotics.
Only your physician could make a personalized treatment plan after a thorough exam. Get well. ...Read more

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2 weeks ago I had asthma and recovered. Still coughing. When will bronchitis go away? Any treatment without medication? I use inhaler here and there.

2 weeks ago I had asthma and recovered. Still coughing. When will bronchitis go away? Any treatment without medication? I use inhaler here and there.

Still have asthma: If you have asthma and had an attack 2 weeks earlier, you still have the4 disease. Prolonged bronchitis, in many cases, is actually asthma. So, if you still have problems, you need to be on an inhaled steroid and broncho-dilator. Anyway, if you have never seen an asthma specialist AND are taking appropriate medication, you should see one. Taking an inhaler here and there won't cut it. ...Read more

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How do I know when my Bronchitis is almost gone? After 3 weeks I still have a dry cough and phlegm every so often and have to use my inhaler at times

How do I know when my Bronchitis is almost gone? After 3 weeks I still have a dry cough and phlegm every so often and have to use my inhaler at times

Cough: The cough from bronchitis can sometimes take over 6 weeks to fully resolve. As long are you are getting better give it time. If you start to get worse, have fevers, or cough up blood then you should get checked out again. If you smoke you need to stop or just get used to coughing... ...Read more

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She went to the emergency room yesterday they said I have bronchitis in a prescribed me an inhaler and cough syrup with codeine should havantibiotics?

She went to the emergency room yesterday they said I have bronchitis in a prescribed me an inhaler and cough syrup with codeine should havantibiotics?

Family Medicine: Not sure why you would use the most expensive place to get health care for a common winter cold or bronchitis. Family clinics are much easier to handle and it is always best to get this primary care from your family doctor. It is the winter still, despite the date, and viral illnesses are still in full swing. ...Read more

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Why would someone be given an inhaler and steroids for acute bronchitis if they don't have asthma?

Why would someone be given an inhaler and steroids for acute bronchitis if they don't have asthma?

Symptoms: Bronchitis can be from any causes and means inflammation of the bronchial tree. If the symptoms are really bothersome, it may be treated temporarily with anti-asthma drugs to reduce the inflammation. Do note that if you do develop prolonged bronchitis symptoms with each cold, it may well be a manifestation of asthma which is only triggered by an infection particularly a viral one ...Read more

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I just got diagnosed with bronchitis. Prescribed albuterol inhaler and cefdinir. When should it go away and description of the medication?

3-7 days: Bacterial bronchitis usual begins resolving in 3-7 days after antibiotic initiation. If is is viral bronchitis then antibiotics will have no effect on resolution, and it may take longer. Any progressive fever, chest pain, or difficulty breathing while on therapy deserves a re-evaluation. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis. I feel a knot in my back when I breathe in, but can breathe ok. Cough is not productive, with medicine. Should I take my inhaler?

I have bronchitis. I feel a knot in my back when I breathe in, but can breathe ok. Cough is not productive, with medicine. Should I take my inhaler?

Yes: When people have chronic bronchitis, the bronchospasm may be felt even as muscle spasm. It also can come out as cough. Try to see if inhalers work. But also reconsider URI or allergic rhinitis as cause especially for a nonproductive cough, causing sinopulmonary syndrome. Discuss with your doctor to see what works best. ...Read more

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I have a high HR due to POTS, and I also get Bronchitis a lot. Is there an inhaler that helps wheezing but does NOT raise HR too much? What's safest?

I have a high HR due to POTS, and I also get Bronchitis a lot. Is there an inhaler that helps wheezing but does NOT raise HR too much? What's safest?

Unfortunately most: Of the acute use inhalers will have a tachycardia effect on your heart. The key will be to be well controlled so you don't need to use acute inhalers. Consider seeing a Pulmonologist for optimal asthma treatment. ...Read more

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I have acute bronchitis, from one week I am getting severe wheezing only night times. I am not able to breath properly. I am using forocort inhaler.?

I have acute bronchitis, from one week I am getting severe wheezing only night times. I am not able to breath properly. I am using forocort inhaler.?

Wheezing w/bronchiti: May have associated reflux, therefore happening at night. Can try ranitidine and or prevecid before bed. Would also elevate head of bed with pillow under mattress (it will help you breathe anyway as compress lungs when lying down). May also be reactive airways due to bornchitis-elevating head of bed helps. F/u w/ doc ...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