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Can You Have Bronchitis Without A Cough
My one year old has had congestion with no cough for two weeks, pediatritian says its bronchitis, can you have bronchitis without a cough?
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
No - except quads: The inflammation of the bronchus (upper large airway) would lead to a cough unless the patient is unable to cough (e.g. they are a quadriplegic). A viral bronchitis can lead to a non-productive cough initially, but usually these will become productive in a short period of time, so a non-productive cough can be bronchitis. ...Read more
Diagnosed with bronchitis without a cough. Chest feels bloated but hard to burp.Chest feels congested but no difficulty breathing. What do you think?
Many reasons: Most likely due to humidity, position, temperature changes; can be d/t environment changes (@ home not work) and allergens present; can be meds wearing off from earlier in day. Should discuss w/your dr to see how to best manage symptoms. ...Read more
Inflammation: Lungs evolved to protect us by keeping foreign bodies out. Cough is one of the most effective defense mechanisms but it can be a very troubling symptom of any inflammatory insult (such as a bronchitis, usually caused by a virus). Sometimes the cough persists long after the bug is gone. You should have a cxr if you have persistent cough, and some inhalers can reduce (not eliminate) the cough. ...Read more
Acute bronchitis?: If you are referring to acute bronchitis, a worsening cough can be a sign of bronchospasm that can complicate acute bronchitis. Treatment can consist of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. See your doctor for evaluation if you have a worsening cough with acute bronchitis. ...Read more
How long does it take to get chemical bronchitis? How do u know does it come with a strong cough?
Depends : Chemical bronchitis is usually from exposure to potent toxins whether it be household cleaners or pesticides or other chemicals. Symptoms can come on immediately or be slightly delayed. It is important that you get evaluation and follow up for this. You may need an inhaler to help with any bronchospasm you're having. Are you coughing up blood? hard to breathe? If yes, go to the emergency room now ...Read more
How long after bronchitis does the cough last ? It's dry and annoying and constant and nothing helps
Bronchiolitis: Sometimes after Bronchitis, there is a residual irritation of the airways called Bronchiolitis. It is important to see your doctor as they can do a quick and easy test called a Peak Flow Meter which will rule out Asthma that can sometimes happen after Bronchitis as well. Moreover your doctor maybe able to prescribe something to make you feel better. ...Read more
I suffered bronchitis for a long time, and now i feel a little cough, what should I do to handle it ?
I was diagnosed with accute bronchitis 7 days before. All other symptoms are gone by now but my cough is still here! Is it normal?
Reactive airways: Once your airways are inflamed by a viral illness, they may not settle down easily. I wonder if you've been diagnosed with asthma - or if any close relatives have that? If that's the case, you probably have some residual inflammation in the airways that is causing the cough. Albuterol might help. If it's bad a steroid inhaler like fluticasone would be needed. Talk to your doc about getting one. ...Read more
I have Bronchitis and have been treated but I still have a cough some productive and some not should I see my dr. again no pain at all.
I was diagnosed with bronchitis 10 days ago. I feel better now but my cough is still present. I've been around people who smoke lately. Worried.
Viral bronchitis will resolve, sooner or later. From days to weeks. There is no reason to worry.
Smoking has become a "social no no". Fortunately second hand smoke does not cause lung damage, although more and more people find it very annoying. For real lung disease and cancer you have to smoke at least 30 years yourself, 20 cigarettes daily. Something you did not do.
Don't worry be happy! ...Read more
How long will the cough from bronchitis last?going on 4 weeks now with cough, just finished all meds &today I am hacking again, it's very painful
Girlfriend has significantly recovered from bronchitis she has had for just over two weeks. It is just a minor cough now. Should I still be concerned?
Not likely: There is reasonable data the a residual cough from a bout of acute bronchitis can last up to 8 weeks in some persons, more typically it's on the order of 2-3 weeks. As long as that's the only symptoms and not persistent fevers, chills, sweats, blood in the cough, shortness of breath and/or chest pain. If other symptoms persist or have arisen, she should seek in person help. Best of luck. ...Read more
I've had a cough for 2 1/2 weeks only affects me at night when I lay down and in the morning. On and off smoker do you think it's bronchitis? Any help is appreciated
Stop smoking: Yes, this probably is bronchitis. see a doctor if possible. not unusual for a viral bronchitis symptoms to persist for weeks particularly a positional cough that is worse at night. Some over the counter remedies may alleviate the symptoms. Hot steamy showers may help especially right before bedtime. Get plenty of fluids. Your doctor may want a chest xray. Hope you feel better soon ...Read more
Might be.: Ask your doc to listen (auscult) you. ...Read more
My husband was diagnosed with bronchitis last week..Was given a zpac and meds for a cough. He seems to b getting worse again. Any advice?
See the doctor: If the symptoms are getting worse and he has been on the antibiotic for at least a week, he may have an infection that is resistant to that antibiotic. The other possibility is that he has a viral infection and did not need an antibiotic in the first place either way, he should followup with his physician to determine if he needs a different treatment. ...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
That is unusual: The hallmark of acute bronchitis is coughing and so if no cough, i would not call it bronchitis. Maybe u were coughing before and the cough medicine is suppressing your cough? Some medicines can induce loss of appetite, including cough medicines.If no cough from start, i would question the diagnosis. As with your lack of appetite, i can't tell why due to limited info. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Long cough: Hi athecooza, first of all,a cough for 6 weeks needs to be checked out by a doctor. Other symptoms can be helpful in reaching a diagnosis such as fevers, colored sputum, shortness of breath , and wheezing, to name a few. Smokers tend to get a chronic cough as well. If you are smoking, stop..forever. Certain blood pressure medications can cause a cough. Go see your doctor. ...Read more
Cold: Drink plenty fluids, chicken soup helps, a decongestant for the nose, a saline nasal spray, Mucinex (guaifenesin) or equivalent for the cough. If the cough persists for more than 5 days, you will need to see a doctor. A viral bronchitis goes away on its own, a bacterial pne needs an antibiotic. ...Read more
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