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Doctor insights on: Bronchitis Vs Pneumonia Vs Flu

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

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

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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What are my chances of getting pneumonia or bronchitis from a seasonal flu?

What are my chances of getting pneumonia or bronchitis from a seasonal flu?

Risk factor...: Seasonal flu is a risk factor for getting bronchitis and pneumonia. Luckily, it is a relatively uncommon complication. Most people with seasonal flu do not develop these complications. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have the common cold (with bronchitis), flu or pneumonia?

How can I tell if I have the common cold (with bronchitis), flu or pneumonia?

Not so easy: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung or lower respiratory tracts. A cold (usually caused by viruses) is an infection of the upper respiratory tract - flu also usually affects the upper tract but can start involving the lungs (serious). A patient should see a physician who can do lab tests and get an x-ray - doubly important to do so if a person is getting worse, dehydrated, or short of breath. ...Read more

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What's the probability of getting pneumonia or bronchitis from a seasonal flu?

What's the probability of getting pneumonia or bronchitis from a seasonal flu?

It's possible: Influenza itself can cause an inflammation of the lungs that shows up on xrays, which may be called "pneumonia". It can also injure the cells lining the airways, allowing for a stapylococcal (classically) or other bacteria to infect the lungs. These can be fairly severe processes and may require hospitalization or even ICU care. However this is fairly uncommon. ...Read more

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Could you potentially have pneumonia or bronchitis without a fever or having a cold/flu first?

Could you potentially have pneumonia or bronchitis without a fever or having a cold/flu first?

See below: What you are asking is whether the pneumonia can develop without earlier symptoms and the answer is yes it can suddenly happen. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have pneumonia or bronchitis without having fever or having a cold/flu first?

Is it possible to have pneumonia or bronchitis without having fever or having a cold/flu first?

Absolutely: You can have pneumonia or bronchitis, and the first symptoms you have are the symptoms of the pneumonia or bronchitis. Nothing else has to happen first. ...Read more

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I have the flu and I am wondering what the chances of getting pneumonia or bronchitis because of the flu rare?

I have the flu and I am wondering what the chances of getting pneumonia or bronchitis because of the flu rare?

It's possible: Influenza itself can cause an inflammation of the lungs that shows up on xrays, which may be called "pneumonia". It can also injure the cells lining the airways, allowing for a stapylococcal (classically) or other bacteria to infect the lungs. These can be fairly severe processes and may require hospitalization or even ICU care. However this is fairly uncommon. ...Read more

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I took a zpac for bronchitis and finished it 2 days ago. I still have a slight fever between 99.2-99.5 and still have symptoms. Could it be pneumonia?

I took a zpac for bronchitis and finished it 2 days ago. I still have a slight fever between 99.2-99.5 and still have symptoms. Could it be pneumonia?

Z pac: Chances are, your bronchitis may have been viral in origin and as a result did not respond to the z pac. It is unlikely that you have pneumonia, but the cough may linger for a week or longer. ...Read more

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I was recently dx with bronchitis & pneumonia. Fever free for more than 24 hrs, but I still have a productive cough. Is it okay to go back to work?

I was recently dx with bronchitis & pneumonia. Fever free for more than 24 hrs, but I still have a productive cough. Is it okay to go back to work?

Depends: There is No definitive correct answer here, but your Treating provider would be able to best answer that question. Depending on the time and onset of your symptoms, how many days treatment of antiBx you have had, etc all may play a role in a return to work date. If you work alone, you may be fine, but if you are around many others in a closed space, then a productive cough would be frowned upon. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between bronchitis and "walking" pneumonia? I've had pneumonia; over summer I got similar symptoms, no fever, for6weeks

How can you tell the difference between bronchitis and "walking" pneumonia? I've had pneumonia; over summer I got similar symptoms, no fever, for6weeks

Unlikely pneumonia: Bronchitis is usually due to a virus. With pneumonia you are very likely to develop fever, cough with sputum containing pus and/or blood, difficulty breathing, sometimes chest pain on inspiration. A thorough exam by your primary care doctor is in order, and if they feel necessary, a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old has a cold with cough, but no fever. How likely is it that he has bronchitis or pneumonia with no fever? A play mate of his has pneumonia.

My 2 yr old has a cold with cough, but no fever. How likely is it that he has bronchitis or pneumonia with no fever? A play mate of his has pneumonia.

Likly virus: Many more children have virus infections with cough than develop pneumonia from bacteria germs. Most of the time, bacterial pneumonia has at least some fever with it. Most of the time, bronchitis just means a wet junky-sounding cough. Call your doctor if fever over 100.5 comes up or if the illness lasts 5-7 days. The playmate could have a virus pneumonia that might be just a cold in your child. ...Read more

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My is coughing with yellow sputum for 10dys. Last 2dys no sputum, she's coughing less but sweating. No fever all time. Is it pneumonia, bronchitis or?

My is coughing with yellow sputum for 10dys. Last 2dys no sputum, she's coughing less but sweating. No fever all time. Is it pneumonia, bronchitis or?

Pneumonia: Several considerations are possible given symptoms of fever, cough and yellow sputum production, but pneumonia (PNA) should be strongly considered in a 65YO person with these persistent symptoms. If you are a smoker your risk for PNA and acute on chronic bronchitis increases. If you have a lot of sinus congestion then sinusitis may also be considered as a cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Wet cough, wheezing, chest and back pain when coughing and breathing in, shallow breathing, fever, cough spasms. Bronchitis or pneumonia possibly?

Wet cough, wheezing, chest and back pain when coughing and breathing in, shallow breathing, fever, cough spasms. Bronchitis or pneumonia possibly?

Infection: It sounds like a respiratory infection but difficult to tell if it is bronchitis or pneumonia. You need to see a physician to get a definitive diagnosis and the correct treatment ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more