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Can an elderly person with bacterial bronchitis have 1 or 2 spoonfuls of honey to ease their throat and hoarse voice?

Can an elderly person with bacterial bronchitis have 1 or 2 spoonfuls of honey to ease their throat and hoarse voice?

YES: Dark brown (brown/black) honey has been proven to be as effective as many OTC cough products. Care must be used when addressing diabetic patients. I would suggest dissolving 1-2 Cold-Eze lozenges in tea and dark honey- very soothing and stimulates the immune system. ...Read more

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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Is bronchitis communicable?

Is bronchitis communicable?

Acute bronchitis: Acute bronchitis ("acute" here refers to new onset, self-limited) tends to be viral including cold viruses, but, more seriously, also influenza.Symptoms can persist once the virus has passed, therefore contagious depending on stage. Whooping cough is a contagious bacterial bronchitis, sometimes serious, making a comeback due to the unfortunate decision of some not to vaccinate their children. ...Read more

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Can you die from bronchitis?

Can you die from bronchitis?

Yes: You can die from any infection if you don't get treated or you have certain serious medical conditions. ...Read more

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What is allergic bronchitis?

What is allergic bronchitis?

Asthma: Allergic bronchitis is a term which is not commonly used today, but in the past many people with asthma were labelled as having "allergic bronchitis.". ...Read more

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What are bronchitis symptoms?

What are bronchitis symptoms?

Acute bronchitis.: Acute bronchitis is a viral infection heralded by a cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, sweats, and perhaps some diffuse chest discomfort that increases with inspiration. Chest X-Ray may not always show acute bronchitis, so it's mainly a clinical diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is bronchitis symptoms?

Symptoms...: Acute bronchitis symptoms include cough productive of discolored sputum, cold symptoms, fever, chills, body aches, shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. Symptoms of chronic bronchitis include cough productive of sputum, shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. Without any symptoms of infection. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis really dangerous?

Is bronchitis really dangerous?

No: Bronchitis is a very common condition usually caused by viral infection and less commonly by bacterial infection of the bronchial air passages. It is not a dangerous condition and usulally resolves without specific treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of bronchitis?

What are symptoms of bronchitis?

Acute or chronic?: Acute bronchitis symptoms include fever, cough productive of discolored sputum, chills, body aches, cold symptoms, headache, fatigue. Common symptoms of chronic bronchitis include shortness of breath and productive cough without any infection symptoms, fatigue. ...Read more

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Can you vaccinate for bronchitis?

Not specifically: There is not a vaccine specifically made to protect against bronchitis, which is an infection of the larger airways in the lungs. The pneumococcal vaccines protect against pneumococcal bacterial infections (pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, blood sepsis, meningitis). Pneumonia is an infection farther down in the lungs, beyond the larger airways involved in bronchitis. ...Read more

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How to know if you have bronchitis?

How to know if you have bronchitis?

Take a deep breath: Defined as inflammation of the mucous membranes of the larger/medium-sized airways in the lungs. Presents usually with a non productive cough that can change to coughing up discolored thick sputum with possible small amounts of blood in it. It usually stars from a virus infection but can be bacterial in origin. Likelihood of getting bronchitis increases with smoking, asthma, allergic rhinitis ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bronchitis?

Bronchitis sxs: Typical symptoms of bronchitis can include: cough that brings up mucus, shortness of breath, wheezing, mild fever, feeling tired, discomfort of the chest. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bronchitis?

Many: There are many symptoms to bronchitis, including cough (productive or unproductive), fever, wheezing, shortness of breath, chills, nausea, vomiting, etc. If you are suspicious, be sure to see your doctor so that he or she can listen to your respiratory tract. ...Read more

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Describe the features of bronchitis.?

Describe the features of bronchitis.?

Bronchitis: Bronchitis usually starts with a cold caused by a virus. In bronchitis, due to the weakened immunity, some of your own bacteria get down into your airways to the lung and produce heavy mucous which eventually turn purulent (yellow, gray, or green). The main symptoms are heavy cough and production of this thick sputum. There is usually no fever. There may be chest tightness or wheezing. ...Read more

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How could I know if I have bronchitis?

Based on symptoms: It's an inflammation of the inside of the lungs. Smokers often get a chronic bronchitis due to irritation by their smoking. A more acute form can also exist, due to an infection. Mucus is often produced with bronchitis. ...Read more

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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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Why am I always catching bronchitis? Not a smoker.

Why am I always catching bronchitis? Not a smoker.

Need right meds: You may not be given the right medication. Lots of triggers for so called"bronchitis, reactive airways disease, asthma etc".Oftentimes, patients are treated with several rounds of antibiotics, cough meds suppressants/expectorants to no avail. If you are treated with broncodilators and inhaled steroids, then maybe it was not taken long enough which can cause recurrence/relapses. ...Read more

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How to know if I have bronchitis or something else?

How to know if I have bronchitis or something else?

More: Information regarding your medical history is needed. Suggest a video-consult with the Healthtap doctor on call. Follow up also with your primary doctor. ...Read more

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Should I go to the dr. If I think I have bronchitis?

Depends...: It depends on your symptoms as well as their severity. If you have a fever, if you are short of breath or if your symptoms are worsening, then see your doctor. If your symptoms have not resolved by 7-10 days, see your doctor. If you are not sure of your diagnosis, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I think I have bronchitis but I'm not sure I need help?

I think I have bronchitis but I'm not sure I need help?

Exam: You must be examined, evaluated, diagnosed and treated. Make an appointment today. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I have the beginnings of bronchitis?

What to do if I think I have the beginnings of bronchitis?

Chronic bronchitis?: Assuming you mean chronic bronchitis: (1) stop smoking if you still smoke, (2) see a doctor, (3) have tests - chest X-Ray, pulmonary function test, (4) discuss medicines and inhalers that may provide you with some symptom and longevity benefit. ...Read more

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How to treat bronchitis?

How to treat bronchitis?

Bronchitis: Bronchitis is usually treated with antibiotics. Occasionally bronchodilators (albuterol) and oral steroids are added. ...Read more

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How to treat bronchitis?

How to treat bronchitis?

Cause dependent: This is dependent upon the cause. MOST bronchitis cases are viral and just need time and rest to heal. If it has gone over into bacterial, then antibiotics might be helpful or even necessary to get rid of it. Your MD can make that call. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis contagious?

Is bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Inflammation of the bronchial tubes caused by either viruses or bacteria is contagious. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis contagious?

Is bronchitis contagious?

Bronchitis: Bronchitis is defined as an inflammation of the bronchial tubes of the respiratory infection. Cough is the predominant symptom. Usually this is self-limiting and will heal completely on its own. Most infections are viral although bacterial infections can cause bronchitis as well. Contrary to popular belief antibiotics are not always necessary. It is just as contagious as any viral infection. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis contagious?

Can be: If it is an infectious bronchitis depending on what the infectious etiology is the bug can be passed on to others through coughing. It can also be passed on through contact which highlights the importance of frequent hand washing. A mask is recommended if concern is present. ...Read more

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What is chronic bronchitis?

Type of obstruction: Chronic bronchitis is a type of obstructive lung disease. It is characterized by cough and sputum production for approximately 100 days out of the year (not necessarily consecutive days). Usually the patient has shortness of breath and purulent secretions. ...Read more

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The bronchitis is contagious?

Can be...: Acute bronchitis is caused by either bacteria or viruses and these organisms can be aerosolized w/coughing/sneezing or spread via hand contact (ex. Infected person touches their nose and you shake their hand shortly afterwards!) chronic bronchitis is not contagious as it is a form of COPD and results from airway inflammation due to smoking (usually). ...Read more

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Will humibid help bronchitis?

May be helpful: Medications that reportedly loosen mucus, like humibid, can sometimes help make mucus clearance from the airway easier with coughing, but studies do not show a lot of benefit in large groups of people. There is a lot of individual variation in response. ...Read more

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Is chronic bronchitis seasonal?

Is chronic bronchitis seasonal?

By definition, no: Chronic bronchitis is, by definition, not seasonal. It is defined as a cough that is productive of mucus every day for 3 months in a row. It is often considered a variant of emphysema/copd, which is almost invariably caused by smoking tobacco. ...Read more

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What causes chronic bronchitis?

Smoking...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD usually caused by smoking. Smoking cessation is an important part of disease prevention as well as treatment. ...Read more

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How to avoid bronchitis in fall?

How to avoid bronchitis in fall?

Wash hands...: Assuming you are asking about acute bronchitis, this is an infection of the airways so the best defense is very frequent hand washing to avoid they transfer of bacteria or virus from your hands to your airways. Avoidance of others who are ill is also a good strategy as these infections are air bourne. To prevent chronic bronchitis, avoid smoking and if you currently smoke, quit. ...Read more

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What meds treat acute bronchitis?

Depends...: If acute bronchitis is due to bacterial infection, then antibiotics are usually prescribed. If there is a viral etiology, treatment is aimed at symptom management while the infection runs its course. ...Read more

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How common is chronic bronchitis?

How common is chronic bronchitis?

Very common: In children bronchitis is very common. The most common bronchitis in kids is asthma. Other causes are viral and rarely bacterial in children. ...Read more

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Can you get bronchitis from dust?

Yes you can: Dusty environment can cause bronchitis often esp in pts with genetic predisposition for asthma. ...Read more