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Could You Catch Bronchitis From Not Wearing A Coat In The Winter
It is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (the larger and medium-sized airways that carry airflow from the trachea into the more distal parts of the lung parenchyma). It may be infectious and require antibiotics, or steroid like meds to help treat it. (it can be acute ...Read more
Can you catch bronchitis from smoking medical marijuana? I am prescribed medical marijuana. I just started smoking it a few weeks ago. Now I have bronchitis. Could the smoking have caused bronchitis?
You can't 'catch': Bronchitis. It usually is viral, and smoking can certainly predispose to it, more so with tobacco, but heavy cannabis use can do it as well. People with underlying lung problems are particularly susceptible, and you don't say whether you also smoke cigarettes. Some physician gave you a medical card, and you should return to them for an evaluation, and stop or cut back on marijuana until then. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is cold air bad for chronic bronchitis? I have chronic bronchitis and wonder if breathing cold air is bad. I feel a little sting when i go outside in the winter, but will it make my condition worse?
It's both cold ; dry: Dry air is more the problem, and colder air in the winter is also drier. Use of scarves or coats that cover the chin and mouth, or hoods, may be helpful. Treating the cause of the bronchitis, particularly smoking cessation if you are a smoker, is critical. It will not generally make the bronchitis progress more, but can lead to more upper respiratory infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Bronchitis is inflammation of the airways usually caused by an infection, bacterial, viral, or fungal, which usually remains contagious until effective treatment is on board, e.g. Antibiotics. Once the sputum clears of pathogens then that person is no longer contagious. For common infections that means about 4-5 days of therapy. ...Read more
How do you catch bronchitis? I have it now but i'm trying to figure out how i got it and how to prevent it from spreading. Thank you.
Bronchitis: Is a loose term we use for the presumed inflammation of the larger airways, the bronchi in the lungs from any cause which could be infectious, etc. But if infectious mostly viral unless there are symptoms of fever or other upper infection to start with. Handwashing and not coughing on others is the way to prevent spread. If needed, in minority of cases, use antibiotics to prevent shedding. ...Read more
Can i stop yearly bronchitis? Every winter i get bronchitis twice, seemingly like clockwork. Is there anything i can do to with the air, such as a humidifier or dehumidifier, to stop this? I live in a place with damp winters, and i thought that might also
Hello. : Hello. There are many people who, like you, get recurrent seasonal bronchitis. Here are some things that you can do to help prevent getting the next bout. 1. This is huge! avoid cigarette smoke. This includes second hand smoke. If you live or work with cigarette smokers who arenâ€™t considerate enough to do it outside, show them this response. That way they will realize that they are not only harming their own health but they are hurting you as well. 2. Get your flu vaccine every year. Many cases of bronchitis start with the flu. 3. Yes, i know we all learned about hand washing and the spread of germs when we were little. I was taught to cough into my hands. Now a days, they teach kids to cough into the crook of their elbow (much better). When you wash your hands with soap and warm water, do so for the length it takes to sing the abc song. Carry hand sanitizer in your car (or purse or briefcase) â€” and use it often. 4. If you are age 50 or older ask your doctor for a pneumonia vaccine. 5. Be physically active. This will keep fluids from stagnating and help to keep mucus moving. 6. Drink at least 8 â€” 8 ounces glasses of water per day. Consider drinking warm /hot herbal teas to keep your airways humidified. 7. Consider medical acupuncture. Energy moving protocols for lung health can be very powerful in helping to prevent and treat bronchitis. Stay well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have pneumonia and sinusitis. 3 of my coworkers have gotten acute bronchitis. Can I catch bronchitis too atop of what I already have?
Mgt: Bronchitis can occur in conjunction with your other illnesses. The underlying cause is most likely viral or bacterial. Monitoring your temperature and keeping well hydrated is advised. Your physician will assess whether antibiotics are needed. A virtual appt for follow up can be made. ...Read more
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