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Does bronchitis affect the healthy?

Does bronchitis affect the healthy?

Yes...: Acute bronchitis is due to an infection in the airways and otherwise healthy people can get this. Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD that is typically caused by smoking. Smokers who are otherwise healthy can develop chronic bronchitis. ...Read more

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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


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Of all the health problems, why would I get chronic bronchitis?

Of all the health problems, why would I get chronic bronchitis?

Do you smoke?: Chronic bronchitis is usually the result of repetitive episodes of acute bronchitis or chronic irritants to the respiratory tract. The most common of these is cigarette smoke, or exposure to toxic fumes. Occasionally there are genetic conditions which create the risk of chronic bronchitis, but these should be discussed with your family doctor or with a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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I m 28yr old male, 6feet tall, Weighing 71kg, with medium level of bronchitis. Can I gain weight in a healthy manner. Is there a diet chart?

I m 28yr old male, 6feet tall, Weighing 71kg, with medium level of bronchitis. Can I gain weight in a healthy manner. Is there a diet chart?

Weight Gain: Gaining weight is something that can be a problem for people (not many, but some) and in order to gain weight in a healthy manner, typically you try and increase protein intake.Take in 70 grams of protein a day (gram of protein per kilo of body weight). Do not go overboard though (no more than 150gms) as this can strain your kidneys. Bronchitis? Asthma? That may result increased metabolism. ...Read more

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How long should you wait to start riding your mtb after bronchitis? And is it healthy to continue riding when starting with a cold or flu?

How long should you wait to start riding your mtb after bronchitis? And is it healthy to continue riding when starting with a cold or flu?

Exercise and a cold: Hi, this is a very common question. When you are coming down with a cold or a flu your body needs all,the resources it has to fight this. So to continue to exercise will only make it worse for your body to do this. So give it a rest and recover quicker. Same as for training again after a bronchitis. Start slow and let your body pick up the losses it occurred during the infection ...Read more

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Will taking probiotic supplements return appetite? Never really ate "healthy". Appetite gone for 7 days. Diagnosed with bronchitis. Frequent anxiety.

Will taking probiotic supplements return appetite? Never really ate "healthy". Appetite gone for 7 days. Diagnosed with bronchitis. Frequent anxiety.

No: Probiotics haven't been demonstrated to increase appetite. Your appetite has been gone probably due to your illness. As soon as you recover, your appetite should return. Now is a good time to make a commitment to eating healthy. ...Read more

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I had a cold that turned into bronchitis over 2 weeks. No fever but I've had night sweats the entire time even on days I've felt mostly healthy. Why?

I had a cold that turned into bronchitis over 2 weeks. No fever but I've had night sweats the entire time even on days I've felt mostly healthy. Why?

Many causes: There are many causes of night sweats that may be related to infectious etiologies or others causes. Persistent sweating for 2 weeks as you mentioned requires evaluation by physician. See this link too: http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/8-causes-of-night-sweats ...Read more

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Taking Z pack for bronchitis, I've taken it years ago fine but now I'm hesitant because of the side effects. I'm a healthy girl.What's the chances?

Taking Z pack for bronchitis, I've taken it years ago fine but now I'm hesitant because of the side effects. I'm a healthy girl.What's the chances?

Chances of what?: what side effects are you worried about? And are those side effects worse than the complications of an untreated infection? ...Read more

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I was told I have bronchitis but I've been getting headaches all day but when I get the headache I'm having weird vision problems and dizziness is it because I'm sick or should I worry no health insurance so going to a doctor is almost impossible?

I was told I have bronchitis but I've been getting headaches all day but when I get the headache I'm having weird vision problems and dizziness is it because I'm sick or should I worry no health insurance so going to a doctor is almost impossible?

You need to worry: The symptoms you describe are serious. Many cities big & small offer medical care for free. I would suggest that you call the nearest hospital, church, or even the Red Cross and see if they can recommend an organization that can help you. Also you can call the county medical society for help. Any of the suggestions I noted can be found in the local phone book. PLEASE get going. ...Read more

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What happens if bronchitis isn't treated?

What happens if bronchitis isn't treated?

Better or worse: Sometimes bronchitis can resolve itself, particularly if it's caused by a virus. On the other hand, it can worsen leading to shortness of breath and possibly pneumonia. If it has been going on for more than 5 days, you should be evaluated by a primary care provider. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I'm really don't feel good I have bronchitis?

I'm really don't feel good I have bronchitis?

Bronchitis: Fluids, ibuprofen, conrol cough. You need to talk to a provider is symptoms have been ongoing or associated with fever. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis and can't take off work. What are my options?

Drugs and rest: See your doctor. Load up on your antibiotics, get pleny of rest and plenty of fluids. Rest is one of your best treatmens but it sounds like you are not going to do that anyway. ...Read more

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What if I don't get my bronchitis taken care of? What will happen?

What if I don't get my bronchitis taken care of? What will happen?

If bronchitis: it is probably viral, unless you are a smoker in which case it could be a secondary bacterial infection. Most of these cleaer up on their own, if you stop smoking, drink PLENTY of fluids and take something like Guaiafenesin to loosen up the phlegm and get it up and out. However, if you do not have a history of bronchitis it could be something else and you should probably be seen for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What leads to my bronchitis if i don't smoke or work in a coal mine?

What leads to my bronchitis if i don't smoke or work in a coal mine?

Bronchitis: In general, bronchitis can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why won't my doctor treat my bronchitis?

Bronchitis: Most bronchitis results from smoking or viral infections. There is not always an effective treatment available. Evaluation from a pulmonary MD may be helpful if there is a question as to whether this is really just bronchitis ...Read more