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Doctor insights on: Contagious Acute Bronchitis

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Is acute bronchitis contagious?

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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...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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How long is acute bronchitis contagious for?

How long is acute bronchitis contagious for?

Days to weeks: Depends on the causative organism, or if the pt has been a chronic smoker then it may be a inherent tendency to have generally inflamed airways without any infection and hence not being contagious. ...Read more

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When is acute bronchitis contagious and when is it not? Seems physicians some say it is and some say it isn't?

When is acute bronchitis contagious and when is it not? Seems physicians some say it is and some say it isn't?

Hard to tell: Some cases are viral & contagious during the early febrile phase but less so as it progresses. Some will represent a mycoplasma germ that is contagious & often affects groups. Most that have a simple bacterial bronchitis do so from normal airway germs that settle in after a virus, these are not contagious.My routine is to consider them contagious until fever free 24h or on med 24h. ...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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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?

Need more info: Nearly all cases of bronchitis are caused by viruses, and antibiotics will not help. But you should not self-diagnose. Everyone should have a primary care doc or nurse practitioner to keep track of your health. Did you have a fever? cough keeping you up? Is it productive? Listening to your chest might change your diagnosis to a walking phneumonia, caused by mycoplasma gondii, which is treatable ...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

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more