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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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Acute bronchitis. Today is day 4 of meds. Fever everyday coughing and whole body hurts. Like someone is sitting on my chest. Heart feels weird.

Acute bronchitis. Today is day 4 of meds. Fever everyday coughing and whole body hurts. Like someone is sitting on my chest. Heart feels weird.

Go back to your doc: By day 4 you should be feeling better. It is either viral or the antibiotics are not working and need to be changed. ...Read more

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Started smoking 2 weeks ago. Got fever, cough w/mucus. Can an md see whether its chronic or acute bronchitis? I have quit smoking (2ndhand smoker +yrs)

Started smoking 2 weeks ago. Got fever, cough w/mucus. Can an md see whether its chronic or acute bronchitis? I have quit smoking (2ndhand smoker +yrs)

Acute.: Chronic bronchitis requires several months of symptoms and in the absence of an underlying bronchitis cannot possibly be induced by smoking for two weeks. Good for quitting. ...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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Is Ibuprofen also helpful in reducing inflamtion of bronchial tubes during acute bronchitis. Ie it is better to take it instead of panadol for fever.

Is Ibuprofen also helpful in reducing inflamtion of bronchial tubes during acute bronchitis. Ie it is better to take it instead of panadol for fever.

Ibuprofen: Similiar for fever, unless chest is burning or hurting, then Ibuprofen would be a better choice. You may take both together if needed. Just stick to dosage from package instructions. ...Read more

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Been having a bad cough producing mucus and sever chest discomfort/ pain. No fever. Runny nose. Could it be acute bronchitis?

Been having a bad cough producing mucus and sever chest discomfort/ pain. No fever. Runny nose. Could it be acute bronchitis?

Yes: It sounds like you have viral bronchitis. Most cases of bronchitis are caused by respiratory viruses that do not respond to antibiotics. More severe and prolonged cases are usually bacterial bronchitis caused by strep. Pneumoniae, hemophilus sp. And moraxella sp. These are usually treated with zithromax, ceftin, (cefuroxime) vantin, Augmentin or levoquin. ...Read more

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Viral acute bronchitis visit to urgent care 2 days ago given breathing trtmnt & sent home w/ meds. Developed 103°F fever, shaking chills, nt sweats, w/ worse cough & short of breath. Is it pneumonia?

Viral acute bronchitis visit to urgent care 2 days ago given breathing trtmnt & sent home w/ meds. Developed 103°F fever, shaking chills, nt sweats, w/ worse cough & short of breath. Is it pneumonia?

Probably infection: If the urgent care center didn't perform a rapid flu test, you should get one for prompt treatment that would be helpful. If test is negative, chest xray should be helpful to rule out pneumonia. ...Read more

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Do I have acute bronchitis? I have been experiencing a dry cough (little mucus coming up, which is light green), soreness of chest due to coughing (sometime lower abdomen, also associated with coughing). I also been in and out of a fever. Smyptoms have last

Do I have acute bronchitis? I have been experiencing a dry cough (little mucus coming up, which is light green), soreness of chest due to coughing (sometime lower abdomen, also associated with coughing). I also been in and out of a fever. Smyptoms have last

You: You could very well have bronchitis based on your symptoms, however you will need to be evaluated by a medical professional to be sure. A basic auscultation of your lungs with a stethoscope may be all that is necessary to make the diagnosis. Additional testing may be done if deemed necessary (x-ray, sputum culture). Bronchitis can be viral or bacterial; most commonly viral, which usually resolves on it's own by one to two weeks.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes acute bronchitis to develop?

What causes acute bronchitis to develop?

Infection...: Acute bronchitis is caused by an infection of the airways; usually bacterial or viral etiology. ...Read more

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I think I have acute bronchitis--what should I do?

I think I have acute bronchitis--what should I do?

Bronchitis: If you're young and otherwise healthy chances are the bronchitis is viral. Just use over the counter medications to treat a cough if you have it. If you're starting to have high fevers or chills or if you've had bronchitis for more than 10 days you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Medication for acute bronchitis if I have bronchitis?

Medication for acute bronchitis if I have bronchitis?

May not need any: Bronchitis is most often caused by viral illnesses and anitbiotics typically do not offer much benefit. Often, bronchitis/coughing gets worse over 1st week and slowly improves, but may linger on for several weeks. As long as not having high fever, colored phlegm etc...Otc such as mucinex-d/dm, delsym, (dextromethorphan) tussin etc. May help. Fluid, rest, and time will often suffice. If worsen, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is acute bronchitis contagious?

Is acute bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Acute bronchitis is currently considered to be caused mostly by viruses, which are quite contagious. It can be transmitted in the air, by coughing, and by contact with the sick person's hands (if the hands have been coughed on or touched the mouth). The most contagious period is usually early in the illness, and shortly before the illness begins to show symptoms. ...Read more

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What should I take to get rid of acute bronchitis?

What should I take to get rid of acute bronchitis?

Cough medicine: It's usually viral, so antibiotics generally aren't recommended. Treatment is symptomatic, with cough medicines. ...Read more

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Can Singulair (montelukast) help treat acute bronchitis?

Can Singulair (montelukast) help treat acute bronchitis?

Singulair (montelukast): Should be OK but if it is not helping within a day or two, please contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Is an inhaler commonly given to patients with acute bronchitis?

Is an inhaler commonly given to patients with acute bronchitis?

Not uncommon: If symptoms of sob and broncho-constriction are present on exam, then the rx of an inhaler (broncho-dilator) is often provided with other treatments. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have acute bronchitis without a cough or mucous?

Is it possible to have acute bronchitis without a cough or mucous?

No - except quads: The inflammation of the bronchus (upper large airway) would lead to a cough unless the patient is unable to cough (e.g. they are a quadriplegic). A viral bronchitis can lead to a non-productive cough initially, but usually these will become productive in a short period of time, so a non-productive cough can be bronchitis. ...Read more

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I have acute bronchitis, I just coughed up a brownish stringy mucus is that bad?

I have acute bronchitis, I just coughed up a brownish stringy mucus is that bad?

Not necessarily. ..: It's not uncommon with an active or resolving bronchitis to bring up colored sputum. Often it represents your immune system's inflammatory response to an infection. Be aware, it can be a sign of some irritation of the airways and old blood (though this is usually dark). If you start coughing up any sputum with blood or blood clots or black material please contact your primary care doctor ASAP! ...Read more

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I have "sick sinus syndrome", and a couple of days ago I developed acute bronchitis. Wondering if I should travel/fly in < 2 days?

I have "sick sinus syndrome", and a couple of days ago I developed acute bronchitis. Wondering if I should travel/fly in < 2 days?

Sounds safe: You'll be able to travel with acute bronchitis. Transmission rates are highest the day before and the first day that people are sick with acute infection, so even though you will still be coughing, you can assure people that the doctor said you weren't contagious. ...Read more

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Have acute bronchitis after cold, how do you know when do you need to see a Dr for this? Does it usually pass with at home treatment?

Have acute bronchitis after cold, how do you know when do you need to see a Dr for this? Does it usually pass with at home treatment?

2weeks: As long as your symptoms are mild give it two weeks to pass on it's own it usually does get better on its own. Symptoms are severe short of breath and fever more than 101 and seek immediate medical attention ...Read more

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Persistant cough with a cold two weeks ago have had acute bronchitis before do u think I have it again and also I feel winded at times?

Cough: Recent study concluded that average cough illness lasts 18 days. We have now come to understand that antibiotics are not needed for most cases of bronchitis and that phlegm color/volume is useless in determining need for antibiotics. It just comes down to time. However, for those who suffer from bronchoconstriction or reactive airway disease, consider short acting bronchodilator such as albuterol. ...Read more

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I have pneumonia and sinusitis. 3 of my coworkers have gotten acute bronchitis. Can I catch bronchitis too atop of what I already have?

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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