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Cough Vs Bronchitis
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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