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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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Experiencing for 2 yrs severe chronic fatigue, hair loss, no menstrual cycle, shortness of breath, nausea, frequent bronchitis, joint/muscle pain. Been taking adderol. Rbc platelet tibc others off. Med cause?

Experiencing for 2 yrs severe chronic fatigue, hair loss, no menstrual cycle, shortness of breath, nausea, frequent bronchitis, joint/muscle pain. Been taking adderol. Rbc platelet tibc others off. Med cause?

Fatigue: First must look at common causes such as thyroid disease and pituitary dysfunction. Assuming you don't have an eating disorder where restriction leads to malnutrition then the search needs to go other diseases such as autoimmune disease and rheumatological disorders. Adderal will not help as it may cause rebound depression making mood worse along with physical symptoms. Dysautonomia can cause this. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why fatigue is a symptom of chronic bronchitis?

Can you please explain why fatigue is a symptom of chronic bronchitis?

Oxygen deprevation: Fatigue may due to low oxygen levels, poor conditioning, and other related comorbidites associated with dz. There are pulmonary rehab classes at local hospitals that work with pts such as this to increase endurance. ...Read more

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Is it normal to experience fatigue and a little weakness after getting over bronchitis?

Is it normal to experience fatigue and a little weakness after getting over bronchitis?

Fatigue: Yes it is normal to experience fatigue after getting over a bout of bronchitis. Depending on the severity of the illness and your health status prior to getting bronchitis, it will be some indicator of how long it will take. Be patient but if it doesn't go away see the doctor again ...Read more

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I get bronchitis 7/8times a year. Recently diag. Pre-diabetic, kidney Issues. I never feel well, I eat and get sick. Fatigue and chronic pain. Who to see?

I get bronchitis 7/8times a year. Recently diag. Pre-diabetic, kidney Issues. I never feel well, I eat and get sick. Fatigue and chronic pain. Who to see?

Chronic bronchitis: Do you smoke?, Have you ever been evaluated for cystic fibrosis/asthma/alpha1 antitrypsin? Consider genetic or mitichondrial work up (www. Umfd. Org) Check for food intolerances, celiac/r gluten sensitivity (stop wheat for a week), or lactose intolerances (stop milk for a week) or environmental allergies/mold (HEPA in bedr). Would also check Vit D and B12 (t could be malabsorption. F/u with doc ...Read more

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How long is acute bronchitis contagious? I'm over most symptoms except some fatigue and coughing up mucus and blood in the AM. Approx. Day 9

How long is acute bronchitis contagious? I'm over most symptoms except some fatigue and coughing up mucus and blood in the AM. Approx. Day 9

24 hours no fever: In general, to help avoid the spread of illness it is advisable to avoid close contact with others during the febrile phase until fever free (without medicine) for 24 hours. Now, know that viruses can be transmitted by secretions so STILL be sure to cover mouth when coughing and wash hands often! ...Read more

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After bronchitis, could a year of pleurisy and severe fatigue followed by necrotizing granulomatous lymphadenitis be from tuberculosis? Node is benign

After bronchitis, could a year of pleurisy and severe fatigue followed by necrotizing granulomatous lymphadenitis be from tuberculosis? Node is benign

Lymphadenitis: The pathology from the biopsy is granulomatous lesion it is suggestive of tuberculosis, sarcoidosis is another possibility. The path says lymphadenitis that means the lymph node has pathology how come the node is benign then? . You need a consultation with Pulmonologist and Infectious disease doctor to evaluate and treat appropriately. ...Read more

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Bronchitis 4 wks/ possible asthma. Extreme fatigue, body ache and headache b4 using inhaler. Felt great afterwards. Y did I cough hours later? Asthma?

Bronchitis 4 wks/ possible asthma. Extreme fatigue, body ache and headache b4 using inhaler. Felt great afterwards. Y did I cough hours later? Asthma?

Inhalers.: Generally speaking, the beta-agonist inhalers will suppress symptoms for a few hours without eradicating the underlying medical issue, be it asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or something else. So they’re for symptom relief, not cure. Like taking a cough drop for a pneumonia. That’s why your symptoms came back so fast. You may need more intense, curative treatment prescribed. ...Read more

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Can bronchitis be triggered by exertion: using stairs and doing extra effort like moving & talking for a long time? Or could that just be fatigue?

Can bronchitis be triggered by exertion: using stairs and doing extra effort like moving & talking for a long time? Or could that just be fatigue?

Not bronchitis: Bronchitis can not be triggered by exertion, it is an infection of inflammation of the bronchial tubes. However, bronchoconstriction, a narrowing of the airways, can be triggered by exertion. I suggest you see a doctor because you may have exercise induced asthma and that is very treatable with inhalers. ...Read more

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I have been having a terrible cough for 9 days, chest tightness, pain when laughing, and fatigue, can this be bronchitis or is it something more serio?

I have been having a terrible cough for 9 days, chest tightness, pain when laughing, and fatigue, can this be bronchitis or is it something more serio?

Bronchitis v pneumon: With symptoms like this a chest xray should be done. But this could just be a bad case of bronchitis with cartilage irritation or pleurisy causing the pain. Sputum is an indication of pneumonia. You should see your doctor if this doesn't get better over the next 2-3 days. ...Read more

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If I have acute bronchitis and I'm a college student, can I still go to class? My fever and aches are under control and I do not feel any fatigue. I also wear a surgical mask when I'm in class.

If I have acute bronchitis and I'm a college student, can I still go to class? My fever and aches are under control and I do not feel any fatigue. I also wear a surgical mask when I'm in class.

Depends on the cause: Often a person gets Acute Bronchitis a few days after having Upper Respiratory Tract Infection such as Cold or Flu, also can be caused by bacteria, Inhaling things that irritate the bronchial tree, such as smoking ...Read more

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Heavy breathing all day long. Not particularly sob, but it feels like being on a high altitude that makes me dizzy, fatigue, headache. My bronchitis?

Heavy breathing all day long. Not particularly sob, but it feels like being on a high altitude that makes me dizzy, fatigue, headache. My bronchitis?

See a doctor ASAP: If you are having respiratory distress from an unknown condition you should go and be seen immediately. Make no assumptions about what it might be until you have been fully assessed. Good luck and hope this turns out to be nothing severe. ...Read more

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Chronic lethargy. Contract frequent infections/ailments (cellulitis, bronchitis, hives, headaches, panic attacks, and so on). Chronic malaise. Severity of fatigue makes me listless. Please help me.?

Chronic lethargy. Contract frequent infections/ailments (cellulitis, bronchitis, hives, headaches, panic attacks, and so on). Chronic malaise. Severity of fatigue makes me listless. Please help me.?

See doc: Truthfully, sounds like you have a multitude of symptoms affecting many different organ systems. May need a series of blood tests, good physical exam etc to pin down cause. Certainly may have root in autoimmune disorder of some kind, versus various infections such as tick bites for example which can have widespread issues, or something as simple as allergy. Best to see your doc. ...Read more

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Do I have pneumonia, bronchitis or influenza I had a severe headache for 3 days and then began with productive cough, which is now dry more than productive. I have mild sob and no fever, but I am aching, fatigued, unable to sleep and suffering from interm

Do I have pneumonia, bronchitis or influenza I had a severe headache for 3 days and then began with productive cough, which is now dry more than productive. I have mild sob and no fever, but I am aching, fatigued, unable to sleep and suffering from interm

Hello.: Hello. Can't differentiate between the causes of your illness because that would require a medical evaluation. You would usually have had a fever at some point if it was influenza and most pneumonias also have fever. I recommend going to an acute care clinic. ...Read more