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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


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Is it possible to have acute bronchitis without a cough or mucous?

Is it possible to have acute bronchitis without a cough or mucous?

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

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Diagnosed with bronchitis without a cough. Chest feels bloated but hard to burp.Chest feels congested but no difficulty breathing. What do you think?

Bronchitis: If you were examined by a doc and they heard what sounds like bronchitis in your chest it likely is correct. Sometimes the cough doesn't hit till it loosens up. Give it time. ...Read more

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Why does cough from bronchitis get worse at night?

Why does cough from bronchitis get worse at night?

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

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Would a winter cough be a sure sign of bronchitis?

Cough: Coughing is a sign of irritation of the airways. It can be a sign of a cold or flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, heart problems, pneumonia, asthma, allergies and many other things. ...Read more

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What causes this forceful cough when having bronchitis?

What causes this forceful cough when having bronchitis?

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

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Dry hacky cough after bronchitis, what would you suggest?

Dry hacky cough after bronchitis, what would you suggest?

Bronchitis not bette: It means your bronchitis is not completely cured and that's why you still have cough or you may have pneumonia and need a chest xray.Do not smoke and follow uo with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between a smoker's cough and bronchitis?

How can you distinguish between a smoker's cough and bronchitis?

Comparison: Smoker' s cough will stay about the same while bronchitis in top of smoker' s cough will bring increased sputum production, sometimes fever, increased shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Does a cough with bronchitis get a lot worse before it gets better?

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

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How long does it take to get chemical bronchitis? How do u know does it come with a strong cough?

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

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How long after bronchitis does the cough last ? It's dry and annoying and constant and nothing helps

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

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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?

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

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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 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.

May: be. Cough may persist after treatment for a week or two. If you smoke that may even prolong the cough. You did not state your treatment. if bronchospasm was part of your presentation an brochodilator inhaler may be helpful. ...Read more

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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.

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.

No worries: 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

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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?

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

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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

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

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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?

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

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Which cough syrup can I take for bronchitis?

Which cough syrup can I take for bronchitis?

Cough syrup: Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant, while Guaifenesin loosens mucous. Either will help, and some syrups have both. If you have a fever, or your phlegm is discolored, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a untreated phlegmy cough lead to bronchitis?

Can a untreated phlegmy cough lead to bronchitis?

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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How long can a cough last before bronchitis sets in?

Infection...: There are many etiologies for cough, one of which is acute bronchitis, which is due to an infection of the airways. Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD which is usually due to smoking. Cough is a symptom of both of these but the cough does not cause the conditions. ...Read more

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No appetite for 10 days. Diagnosed with bronchitis eventhough no cough.

No appetite for 10 days. Diagnosed with bronchitis eventhough no cough.

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

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I've had cough for 1 month and a half, and they say it's acute bronchitis?

I've had cough for 1 month and a half, and they say it's acute bronchitis?

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

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Can u have bronchitis with out a cough and does it cause u to have headaches?

Not usually: Bronchitis, an inflammation of the bronchial tubes almost always presents with cough and sputum/phlegm production. Congestion with headache is more typical of a sinus infection. ...Read more

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I have a cold and little cough what can I do for it and does bronchitis go away on its own?

I have a cold and little cough what can I do for it and does bronchitis go away on its own?

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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X ray showed bronchitis,But,I dont have cough..what are the causes of bronchitis without cough?

Something wrong here: You can't see bronchitis on an xray and you don't have bronchitis if you do not have a cough. I am not sure what is going on here but you have gotten some bad medical information. ...Read more

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I have had bronchitis for over a week and now when i cough my left side where my ovary is hurts?

I have had bronchitis for over a week and now when i cough my left side where my ovary is hurts?

See a doctor: You may have strained a muscle by coughing, and now when you cough it will tweak that muscle. If you have an ovarian cyst it is possible that you are tugging on that area, but the only way to find out what this is would be to see a professional and get examined. ...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