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How Can Doctors Tell If You Have Viral Or Bacterial Bronchitis
Cultures&Microscope: Sputun is examined under a microscope and bacteria can be seen. Cultures are allowed to grow few days and pathogens grow and can be identified. Blood tests can show antibodies to various viruses. Clinical findings can help differentiate in some cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Severity of sxs : Both viral and bacterial bronchitis have similar symptoms but bacterial bronchitis usually has a higher fever, more congestion, etc but there is considerable overlap. Sometimes a sputum culture can be helpful in indentifying which bacteria are present. If there is only a low grade fever, it is usually viral. ...Read more
Throat culture: is the most specific means to determining the exact cause of a sore throat. Rapid tests such as throat swabs will detect Strep infections with 80% accuracy, but will provide no information about a specific viral cause. Blood tests may be helpful in determining if antibiotics are warranted. Be wary of those who diagnose a throat infection by sight alone. ...Read more
You generally don't: 1st, more than 95% of "bronchitis" is viral. Secondly the other 5% probably resolve spontaneously without any therapy. It really does not matter unless you are otherwise chronically ill from congestive heart failure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Bronchitis is just a term we throw around for people who have a new cough, and it is not really that well defined. ...Read more
Infection: Culture and various serological testing can often identify the likely organism responsible for infection, and this includes the presence of antigens in urine, sputum and blood as well as antibodies. Often the clinical presentation of the illness will suggest the likely culprit, but proving it definitively may be difficult. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Severity....: Typically, a bacterial bronchitis will give you a higher fever, discolored sputum, malaise, etc. The symptoms with a viral infection tend to be less severe without a fever, clearer sputum, etc. However, there is overlap in symptoms so if you are not sure, you should see your doctor so the infection can be diagnosed and treated. Both can produce a significant and severe cough. ...Read more
Sometimes difficult: Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis can be difficult to distinguish. Viral are more common, are usually bilateral, and typically come along with a cold or other respiratory infection. Bacteria can and do become secondary agents in viral conjunctivitis. Pure bacterial conjunctivitis are usually unilateral and are commonly associated with poor eyelid hygiene and overgrowth of skin organisms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Colds are caused by: viruses.Get a more detailed answer ›
Clinically...: Acute bronchitis is typically caused by an infection so, besides an acute onset of productive cough and possibly shortness of breath, other symptoms of infection would be present like fever, chills, body aches, malaise, etc. Chronic bronchitis is not caused by an infection so those symptoms would not be present and the productive cough lasts much longer. ...Read more
In general: Bronchitis is limited to the lungs and causes coughand typically , no fever. Pneumonia symptoms are similar to bronchitis but are usually a more severe cough , and can include fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain , and the diagnosis is made by a chest x-ray. Flu is a systemic illness and includes runny nose, cough, high fever, and body aches. It takes an experienced physician to put this togethe. ...Read more
How do you know if bronchitis is viral or bacteria type? Don't want to take antibiotics if it's viral
Fungal sinusitis: Sinusitis involves inflammation & infection of the sinuses. Most often bacteria are the cause but occasionally mold & fungi can grow inside. This is most common in patients with allergies and those that have had multiple infections along with chronic sinus pressure and drainage. Sometimes a ct scan of the sinuses can help diagnose fungal sinusitis but often diagnosis is made during sinus surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How to know it's a viral or bacterial infection. So I can decide what should I take antibiotics or nothing for viral. Please help.
What do you suggest if I have bacterial pneumonia. What is more severe bacterial or viral pneumonia?
Antibiotics/ neither: Bacterial pneumonia requires antibiotics to treat. Pneumonia can be caused by bacteria or viruses, which are 2 different kinds of germs. The main difference is not severity, either can range from mild to life threatening. The difference is that viral pneumonia often has no specific antibiotic treatment. There are exceptions, if caught early there are meds for flu virus, for example. ...Read more
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