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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. 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 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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I have pneumonia and sinusitis. 3 of my coworkers have gotten acute bronchitis. Can I catch bronchitis too atop of what I already have?

I have pneumonia and sinusitis. 3 of my coworkers have gotten acute bronchitis. Can I catch bronchitis too atop of what I already have?

Mgt: Bronchitis can occur in conjunction with your other illnesses. The underlying cause is most likely viral or bacterial. Monitoring your temperature and keeping well hydrated is advised.
Your physician will assess whether antibiotics are needed.
A virtual appt for follow up can be made. ...Read more

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Signs of pneumonia? I had a acute bronchitis and after a month I still cough. I only cough in the morning & night other than that I feel fine...

Signs of pneumonia? I had a acute bronchitis and after a month I still cough. I only cough in the morning & night other than that I feel fine...

Persistent cough: Persistent cough can be from a number of conditons, including post-nasal drip, allergies, infection, and acid reflux. If you notice the cough more when you are lying flat (night and morning), you may have acid reflux. I would consider this as a potential for your persistent cough. Viral cough can weeks, even if infection is clear so you may need to just give it more time. Discuss with your PCP ...Read more

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Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?

Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?

Different issues.: These are two different infections, involve different areas of the lungs, and usually have different etiologies (viral, bacterial). You can't give yourself a pneumonia by suppressing the cough of bronchitis. Just make sure you're treating the right thing. ...Read more

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Over the course of 2014, I have had over 3 cases of acute bronchitis and 2 cases of walking pneumonia. I currently have bronchitis. Should I be worried?

Over the course of 2014, I have had over 3 cases of acute bronchitis and 2 cases of walking pneumonia. I currently have bronchitis. Should I be worried?

Concerned: Recurrent respiratory infections in a young person is cause for concern. Underlying causes, such as asthma, should be explored. Talk to your primary care provider for a complete evaluation and consider routine influenza vaccines yearly. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Having major coughing attacks. Was diagnosed with acute bronchitis, and beginning signs of pneumonia I wake up coughing gasping for air like pertussis?

Having major coughing attacks. Was diagnosed with acute bronchitis, and beginning signs of pneumonia I wake up coughing gasping for air like pertussis?

Maybe: If that is a concern, then you can be tested for pertussis. Homeopathic remedies like ipecac and drosera may be helpful as can elderberry. Hopefully you are on an antibiotic as well....Zithromax is a good choice. You ay need to be seen again if you are worsening or not improving. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with acute bronchitis, but Xray revealed abnormality in lung. Research shows that bronchitis doesn't show up in Xray. Possible pneumonia?

Diagnosed with acute bronchitis, but Xray revealed abnormality in lung. Research shows that bronchitis doesn't show up in Xray. Possible pneumonia?

Possibly,: But without further details about the lung abnormality, it is impossible to say. There are many, many times of lung abnormalities, some of little or no significance, and some serious. ...Read more

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What initial lab tests are required by immunologist for a weak immune system (recurring respiratory problems like pneumonia, acute bronchitis, cough)?

What initial lab tests are required by immunologist for a weak immune system (recurring respiratory problems like pneumonia, acute bronchitis, cough)?

Initial evaluation: When assessing the immune system function, the most helpful tests are a CBC (complete blood count with differential), serum immunoglobulin levels (igg, igm, iga, ige), ch50-complement test and specific antibody titer to tetanus and pneumococcus. This will pick up more than 90% of immune problems. ...Read more

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Viral acute bronchitis visit to urgent care 2 days ago given breathing trtmnt & sent home w/ meds. Developed 103°F fever, shaking chills, nt sweats, w/ worse cough & short of breath. Is it pneumonia?

Probably infection: If the urgent care center didn't perform a rapid flu test, you should get one for prompt treatment that would be helpful. If test is negative, chest xray should be helpful to rule out pneumonia. ...Read more

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What causes acute bronchitis to develop?

What causes acute bronchitis to develop?

Infection...: Acute bronchitis is caused by an infection of the airways; usually bacterial or viral etiology. ...Read more

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I think I have acute bronchitis--what should I do?

I think I have acute bronchitis--what should I do?

Bronchitis: If you're young and otherwise healthy chances are the bronchitis is viral. Just use over the counter medications to treat a cough if you have it. If you're starting to have high fevers or chills or if you've had bronchitis for more than 10 days you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Medication for acute bronchitis if I have bronchitis?

Medication for acute bronchitis if I have bronchitis?

May not need any: Bronchitis is most often caused by viral illnesses and anitbiotics typically do not offer much benefit. Often, bronchitis/coughing gets worse over 1st week and slowly improves, but may linger on for several weeks. As long as not having high fever, colored phlegm etc...Otc such as mucinex-d/dm, delsym, (dextromethorphan) tussin etc. May help. Fluid, rest, and time will often suffice. If worsen, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is acute bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Acute bronchitis is currently considered to be caused mostly by viruses, which are quite contagious. It can be transmitted in the air, by coughing, and by contact with the sick person's hands (if the hands have been coughed on or touched the mouth). The most contagious period is usually early in the illness, and shortly before the illness begins to show symptoms. ...Read more

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Can I go to school with acute bronchitis?

Can I go to school with acute bronchitis?

Depends...: It depends on the severity of your symptoms. If you have a severe, productive cough, you probably should stay home until the cough lessens. If you have a fever or shortness of breath, you should stay home and see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If your symptoms are mild and they are improving and there is no fever, it is probably ok to go to school. See your doctor if you are not sure! ...Read more

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Until when is acute bronchitis contagious?

Until when is acute bronchitis contagious?

Depends....: There are many different bacteria and viruses that can cause acute bronchitis, each with a different incubation period and shedding time. So, the amount of time a person is contagious depends on which organism is causing the infection. ...Read more

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Should I go to school with acute bronchitis?

Depends: Depends if your symptoms are improving or if you have a fever. If you are without a fever and your cough is improving, you can return to school provided u cover your mouth when u cough and wash ur hands frequently or use purell. ...Read more

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How long is acute bronchitis contagious for?

How long is acute bronchitis contagious for?

It is not contagious: Acute bronchitis is a reaction to a viral respiratory infection (vri) by suseptible indiviuals, leading to frequent cough, increased mucus production, chest tightness, wheezing. Less than 20% of the population over react to the irritation of a vri with symptoms noted previously. The underlying vri is contagious for 24 hr before the onset of symptoms and for about 5 days after the symptoms begin. ...Read more

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How is acute bronchitis be fatal in an elder?

How is acute bronchitis be fatal in an elder?

Infection...: Acute bronchitis is due to infection of the airways. If the infection is severe enough, it could result in decreased oxygen levels in the body which, in turn, could cause the heart to have a fatal arrhythmia. Fortunately, this does not happen often as most cases of acute bronchitis resolve with treatment. It could also infect the lungs, causing pneumonia, which is sometimes fatal, esp in elderly. ...Read more

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Can acute bronchitis be attributed to smoking?

Indirectly: If you smoke, you irritate the lungs & trigger extra mucous flow. That mucus is food for germs. If you supply the extra germ food & inhale the right germs you create the conditions for bronchitis to emerge. ...Read more

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Is my acute bronchitis contageous? For how long?

What is the cause?: If its caused by a virus or bacteria.You are contagious until you are under treatment for a bacterial infection. For a viral illness you may be contagious for four to seven days. Acute bronchitis caused by allergy (asthma) doesn't not carry an allergic component. ...Read more

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Could I still go to school with acute bronchitis?

No: Acute bronchitis, even if viral in origin, can cause other people in the classroom to receive this infection. Wait until you are completely asymptomatic. ...Read more

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What is the relation between acute bronchitis and smoking?

What is the relation between acute bronchitis and smoking?

Smoking aggrevation: Acute bronchitis usually means you have an acute infection, but is certainly being aggregated by smoking. ...Read more

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What increases my risk for acute bronchitis besides smoking?

What increases my risk for acute bronchitis besides smoking?

Infection...: If you are exposed to a person with acute bronchitis, you could inhale their infection when they cough. Avoiding people who are sick as much as possible will decrease your risk of acquiring the infection in this manner. Also, frequent hand washing will prevent transferring the bacteria or virus to your mucous membranes, another way of acquiring the infection. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can buy over-the-counter for acute bronchitis?

Is there anything I can buy over-the-counter for acute bronchitis?

Bronchitis: You may not know that bronchitis can be a viral infection so you may not need an antibiotic. Drink a lot of fluids and get some cough remedies. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get acute bronchitis without first having a cold?

Is it possible to get acute bronchitis without first having a cold?

Yes: Viral or bacterial and even smoking and chemical can all cause bronchial irritation and inflammation which is bronchitis. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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