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Doctor insights on: Does The Flu Cause Tracheobronchitis

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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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Could the flu and bronchitis cause si joint pain?

Could the flu and bronchitis cause si joint pain?

No: The flu and bronchitis are totally unrelated to si joint pain, thus cannot cause it. However, if you already have it or are predisposed to it, a bout of flu or bronchitis may make you lay in bed for a few days, and that may exacerbate your si joint pain symptoms. ...Read more

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I have the flu and I am wondering what the chances of getting pneumonia or bronchitis because of the flu rare?

I have the flu and I am wondering what the chances of getting pneumonia or bronchitis because of the flu rare?

It's possible: Influenza itself can cause an inflammation of the lungs that shows up on xrays, which may be called "pneumonia". It can also injure the cells lining the airways, allowing for a stapylococcal (classically) or other bacteria to infect the lungs. These can be fairly severe processes and may require hospitalization or even ICU care. However this is fairly uncommon. ...Read more

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How to know if I have the flu or bronchitis?

How to know if I have the flu or bronchitis?

Flu vs Bronchitis.: According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” According to Mayo Clinic Bronchitis can present with “Cough, Production of mucus (sputum), which can be clear, white, yellowish-gray or green in color — rarely, it may be streaked with blood, > ...Read more

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What to do if I have the flu and started having new symptom, is this bronchitis ?

What to do if I have the flu and started having new symptom, is this bronchitis ?

Sxs?: Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches & pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. If you have a new barking cough, issues with breathing, phlegm - let your doctor know. ...Read more

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Had the flu in December which turned to bronchitis. Treated for bronchitis but still have lingering cough. How can I get rid of the cough?

Had the flu in December which turned to bronchitis. Treated for bronchitis but still have lingering cough. How can I get rid of the cough?

Time and Rx?: When was the last time you had a follow up appointment with your doctor?Have they given you cough suppressants like benzonatate (Tessalon) that you can take with OTC guaifenesin which works well for a lot of people and is non-sedating.If it's so bad you can't work or function well or sleep there's the possibility of codeine at night but that's a discussion for your doc.Time is the ultimate factor ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Upper Airway Infection (Definition)

The common cold generally involves a runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. You may also have a sore throat, cough, headache, or other symptoms. Over 200 viruses ...Read more