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Can Bronchitis Turn Into Pneumonia
Yes: The diagnosis of bronchitis is made by a physician, from a thorough history and physical. It is generally a self-limiting inflammation of the airways in the lung due to an upper respiratory infection. In general, it includes a cough that last at least 5 days and is associated with sputum production. Pneumonia can develop from bronchitis. ...Read more
Yes and no: Bronchiolitis before 6 months to 1 year of age can be the inciting event prior to the development of asthma later on in life. It is more likely if the patient also has: a parent with asthma, allergies, wheezing with subsequent colds, elevated blood ige level. However, there are many children who have an early episode of bronchiolitis that do no later have asthma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can pnd cause acute bronchitis or bronchitis like symptoms? I read that it can drip down into your bronchial tubes resulting in this.
Sinobronchial synd: Yes, it is thought that post-nasal drainage or drip can flow from the back of the nose to the airway through the pharynx. The pharynx is a very complex area where the air you breath and everything you swallow have to cross. Pnd can get to the trachea. Many times is causes throat clearing and cough, but I have certainly see patient develop bronchitis from colds or other upper respiratory illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hours to days: Pneumonia can cause respiratory distress in a matter of hours to days. Some cases of pneumonia can be very mild and might not cause significant respiratory symptoms even if untreated. Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) can occur due to any number of conditions, pneumonia is just one of them. It can happen within minutes or hours of the trigger. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: A viral infection of the pleura cannot change into a bacterial infection. It is posssible for a bacterial infection to spread from the lungs into the pleural space by direct extension or through the bloodstream ie. Hematogenous spread. Viral infections cannot morph into bacterial infections. ...Read more
How long would untreated pneumonia take to turn into acute respiratory distress syndrome, and then on to death?
Is it true post nasal drip from allergies can turn into pneumonia? Is it true PND can enter your lungs?
Not usually: Damage done by a viral cold can enable pneumonia-causing pathogens to gain access, but this is not generally true for allergy. Allergy and poor nasal/sinus health will increase frequency of viral infections that can then open the door for pneumonia, usually only in susceptible populations. PND does not carry infection to the lung. In fact, automated reflexes in the throat cause it to be swallowed ...Read more
Bronchitis: The phlegmy cough is a symptom of respiratory tract inflammation and not the cause of another condition. It can be symptomatic of bronchitis. Acute bronchitis is 95% viral, but chronic bronchitis occurs primarily in smokers, and is generally related to "normal" upper respiratory tract bacterial flora. ...Read more
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