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Can You Get Bronchitis Without Having A Cold
It's part of the col: It's not unusual to develop a cough at the tail end of a cold. People tend to call it bronchitis when they think they need antibiotics, even though studies shows that antibiotics are no more effective than placebo for treating bronchitis. Smokers often develop more of these symptoms after a cold than non-smokers do.. ...Read more
Smoker?: Do have a history of smoking, if that's the case smoking keep defending system occupied and unable to perform regular duties: antiinfective. Also do you drink enough to hydrate and facilitate clearing of bronchi. ...Read more
43, no asthma, don't smoke. Get Bronchitis every time I get a cold now, 3 times in 1 yr. Why is this happening, & how can I prevent this?
See an allergist: You may be having chronic upper airways inflammation, rhinos infusoria, for whatever reason that's affecting your lower airways, bronchitis. An Allergist / Immunologist evaluation will help decipher your trigger factors, whether you have allergic vs non allergic inflammation and puts a plan of treatment. Check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more
What's the diff between asthma and cough-variant asthma, or asthmatic bronchitis? Never had asthma, but always get bronchitis with every cold now.
Intensity: Asthma is a variable condition where the "average" patient experiences periods of wheezing brought on by infection or other personal triggering events. In cough variant asthma it is mild enough they may never know, but the cough stops with asthma meds. A feature is sibs or parents with asthma. Asthmatic bronchitis is more a label for infection triggered wheezing. One with CVA would be more prone to it ...Read more
I have had two cases of bronchitis in 6 weeks and 2 utis in the last 3 months. I never get colds or infections. Could it b steroids I take 4 migraines?
Had bad cold virus 3 weeks ago. Cold gone, but can't get rid of nagging cough. Was productive, now dry. Been almost 3 weeks. No fever, Bronchitis?
Part of the process: It has to do with the body's immune response to a foreign body, in this case, it is to the virus which attacks various cells. As the body tries to fight that off, various other reactions may occur like fever and chills. Btw-the actual flu is not all that common and usually when one thinks they have it, aka infuenza, it is really something else or a different but more common viral infection. ...Read more
Only in viral infect: Acute viral infections have other symptoms normally in addition to cough or bronchitis. Acute viral infections are normally a systemic disease. Flu, viral infection and systemic disease, will cause generalized aches, pains, fever which may be high. With high fevers the body temp rises and falls which causes the chills. Even this does not require antibiotics unless it persists. ...Read more
Every time I get sick I seem to develop a bacterial infection such as phemonia, bronchitis, strep throat. I'm 24, sick again for 3 days now. Cold?
See an allergist: People with allergies have constant inflammation in the nose and sinuses. Nonallergic people can typically handle the inflammation of a viral infection without much trouble; but in an allergic person, adding the viral inflammation on top of the underlying allergic inflammation makes perfect conditions for bacteria to grow. Treating the underlying allergic inflammation usually helps immensely. ...Read more
Cough 4 6 weeks, bronchitis. Lost voice 5 days ago. No sore throat. Can nearly speak. Can I get my voice back faster? Seen doc says its a cold
Don't force it: Avoid drying agents like sudafed. Don't try to force yourself to be heard. If you try to force it, you can strain your vocal cords and make the problem last a lot longer. So whisper, or right notes. Nod or shake your head solemnly, and people will think you are wise! The sages of history were known to not speak much. Or, as my ex said, if you need something done just "grunt and point!!! " ...Read more
Nearly everytime I get a cold (sore throat and/or runny nose) it progresses to a chest infection / bronchitis. It's so frustrating! I have post nasal drip & silent acid reflux. How can I stop it progressing to chest infection every time?
Every spring I seem to get a cold that leads to broncitis. I do have allergies but am a non smoker, is there a way to prevent this?
Yes: If by bronchitis you meant a cough, then it may be from post-nasal drips or asthma occurring seasonally. In spring grass and tree allergens are the most likely culprit. At the least, you need to get a lung function test to find out if the cough is from asthma. Only after the diagnosis is made can proper treatment be started. See allergist if problem is bothersome. ...Read more
When I get sick its always broncitis/strep throat. What could I get OTC that will get rid of the mucus and cough, shorten my "cold"?
Several things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more
Viral or bacterial: Viral bronchitis is characterized by coughing some clear mucus and will usually last less than a week. Antibiotics are ineffective and not recommended for viral bronchitis. Bacterial bronchitis is productive of yellow or green mucus with a lot of bacteria and will linger for 7-14 days if left untreated with a lot of fatigue. ...Read more
See doctor...: If you have acute bronchitis, you may need antibiotics if there is a bacterial infection present. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If shortness of breath is present, you need to be seen asap so go to the er if your doctor cannot see you today! ...Read more
If bronchitis: It is probably viral, unless you are a smoker in which case it could be a secondary bacterial infection. Most of these cleaer up on their own, if you stop smoking, drink PLENTY of fluids and take something like Guaiafenesin to loosen up the phlegm and get it up and out. However, if you do not have a history of bronchitis it could be something else and you should probably be seen for a diagnosis. ...Read more
As much as 6 weeks: Effects on bronchial mucosa can take that long to revert to normal. ...Read more
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I Caught comm cold 14 dys ago which is contgous for a week or so. Now it has turned into bronchitis. Am I contgious again now due to bronchitis?
Contagious.: The length of the contagiousness can vary depending on the type of virus you're carrying. In most cases even if you go to the doctor they won't be testing to isolate a particular virus because there are hundreds of them. Most medical professionals suggest that you assume you are contagious for as long as you are experiencing the other cold symptoms, which is a period of about a week. ...Read more
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