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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)

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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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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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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