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Contagious Acute Bronchitis
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
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
Is acute bronchitis contagious? How long after going dr for med does it usually last. Been sick for week and finally went dr today. Throats raw now
It is contagious.: It can last weeks. Your throat also needs to be checked . ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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