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How Do I Know If I Have Bacterial Or Viral Bronchitis
Had cold: fever, sinus pressure, headache, runny nose. Now still coughing for 1.5 months w mucous. Viral or bacterial infect? Need antibiotics? Which?
See your doc: A lingering cough after an urti can mean a sinus infection or reactive airways, such as asthma. You need to see your doctor to determine what the problem is. An antibiotic should help if there is a sinus infection but will not help if it is asthma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (the larger and medium-sized airways that carry airflow from the trachea into the more distal parts of the lung parenchyma). It may be infectious and require antibiotics, or steroid like meds to help treat it. (it can be acute ...Read more
Few things...: Symptoms for a viral bronchitis tend to be milder( although not necessarily), it resolves on its own and lasts for a shorter period of time.In patients with other risk factors like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, asthma or COPD, smokers, and the like there is a greater risk of developing a bacterial type of infection due to a weak immune system. Pts with a bacteria tend to have more complications ...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
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
How long is someone contagious for when they have the common cold, flu, or bacterial / viral bronchitis?
Contagious periods: The contagious period differs for each type of infection, even among different viruses! there is a range of values based on different infections ranging from common cold to influenza. These vary from 24 hours to up to 2 weeks! you should ask your physician what infection you have and for how long you will be contagious. Common sense dictates that respiratory viruses travel by cough or sneeze. ...Read more
Conflict: Is it viral or bacterial? Usually for 48 hours on antibiotics if bacterial. ...Read more
Is there anything I can do for acute viral bronchitis? Besides lots of fluids, rest, and Mucinex? Feeling uncomfy help.
A 5-day course of azithromycin knocked down but not out a case diagnosed as viral bronchitis. What should I do? (Infrequent coughing persists)
Rest and wait…: If you are a young, healthy, non-smoking, non-asthmatic, your bronchitis is almost definitely caused by a virus. Therefore, antibiotics (Z pack) will not help, as they only treat bacteria. It is normal for a viral bronchitis to drag on 3 to 5 weeks. You can use prescription cough meds, herbs, and lots of rest. See your doc if you get fever or thick pus-like sputum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
RestFluidsHumidity: Most Viral Bronchitis are self limited and can be managed just with over the counter cough medicines and increased fluids and treated at home These get better with or without treatment..For congestion steam inhalation can help along with increasd fluids,humidity,rest If you suffer from asthma,copd,are a smoker see your doctor ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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