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What are the symptoms of bronchitis vs pneumonia?

What are the symptoms of bronchitis vs pneumonia?

Location...: Bronchitis is infection in the airways whereas pneumonia is infection of the lung itself. Usually, symptoms of bronchitis include coughing discolored sputum, wheezing, shortness of breath, fever, chills, body aches, etc. The symptoms of pneumonia can be very similar but your doctor can tell the difference via physical exam and test results. ...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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Could bronchitis turn into pneumonia?

Could bronchitis turn into pneumonia?

Yes: Sometimes bronchitis can cause pneumonia - there is a build up of mucous which causes an environment for bacteria and virus which then cause pneumonia - worsening symptoms could be a clue. ...Read more

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How are bronchitis and pneumonia different?

How are bronchitis and pneumonia different?

Easy: The definition of pneumonia is inflammation involving the parenchyma (tissues) of the lung. When this happens there will be changes on imaging studies defining the area, type and extent of the inflammation. This does not occur with bronchitis, which only affects the tubes carrying air into the lungs. ...Read more

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What are the top causes of bronchitis and pneumonia?

What are the top causes of bronchitis and pneumonia?

Bacteria or viral: Both acute bronchitis and pneumonia are usually caused by either bacterial or viral infections. Some common bacterial causes include strep pneumoniae, staph aureus, b. Catarhalis as well as many others. Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, usually due to smoking. ...Read more

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What are the different signs of bronchitis and pneumonia in toddlers?

What are the different signs of bronchitis and pneumonia in toddlers?

Bronchitis is viral: Bacterial bronchitis really nonexistent in kids. Bronchitis is just a way of saying chest cold. Same virus that causes a cold, but it involves upper airway between lungs & vocal cords. Treated the same way: rest & patience. Pneumonia is also usually viral in kids, but can also be bacterial. Warning signs: prolonged high fever, labored breathing, marked inactivity. Type of cough is unimportant. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Both, usually they come from viruses ; bacterias that came from inhalation from a person who coughed before or close by. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have bronchitis, flu or pneumonia?

In general: Bronchitis is limited to the lungs and causes coughand typically , no fever. Pneumonia symptoms are similar to bronchitis but are usually a more severe cough , and can include fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain , and the diagnosis is made by a chest x-ray. Flu is a systemic illness and includes runny nose, cough, high fever, and body aches. It takes an experienced physician to put this togethe. ...Read more

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Will my bronchitis turn into pneumonia? Please help me docs!

Will my bronchitis turn into pneumonia? Please help me docs!

Not necessarily: Most bronchitis is viral and self limited. It is possible of course for this to spread to a pneumonia and would depend on other co-morbidities, course of bronchitis, etc. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute bronchitis and pneumonia?

What is the difference between acute bronchitis and pneumonia?

Location, Location: Bronchitis is an inflammation/infection of the bronchial tubes (airways) whereas pneumonia is an infection/inflammation of the air sacs of the lungs (alveoli). Both can cause similar symptoms (fever, chest pain, cough, sputum production) but sound different when your health care provider listens to your lungs. Also pneumonia can typically be seen on chest xray and bronchitis cannot. ...Read more

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What to do if I have acute bronchitis can it turn into pneumonia?

What to do if I have acute bronchitis can it turn into pneumonia?

Bronchitis: If untreated bacterial bronchitis can progress to pneumonia particularly in ummunocompromised patients. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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